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The Boleh Project

Welcome to the Boleh website and the Boleh Team!

We are all working to deliver the Boleh Project in a spirit of teamwork and with the 'can do' approach which Robin Kilroy and Roger Angel would recognise. Please take a look around the site, learn about Boleh’s history, see the restoration as it happens and find out what our apprentices are up to through their blogs.

From the Trustee Board to the most junior Apprentice we hope you will visit us and share our pride in the restoration of Boleh and the work which is being done with young people in the Portsmouth area. - George Middleton, Chairman, The Boleh Trust.

“Helping young people now and in the future”

Boleh, a historic junk-yacht of unique design, is currently being restored in Portsmouth and turned into the perfect vessel for providing inspirational training to young people facing challenge in their lives.

Boleh was built in Singapore in 1949 and sailed to the UK. Boleh means “can do” in Malay and it is this “can do” philosophy, which drives the project to restore Boleh and put her to work training and inspiring young people.

Through the restoration of this project, the Boleh Trust are supporting young people by:

  • Enabling apprentices to gain practical experience in conservation and shipwright skills
  • Supporting young people to discover the best in themselves through skills and sail training

News and Events

Apprentice Blogs

Apprentice Blogs

Reuben's Final Review

My name is Reuben and I started here as an apprentice in November 2012 with minimal hand skills, now almost 2 years down the line I feel a much stronger version of myself with even greater confidence...

Posted: 03/07/2014

Apprentice Blogs

Will's Final Review

I started at The Boleh project in November 2012, as marine engineer apprentice, as we all had no experience in boat building we started with bench joinery and practicing joinery, then we slowly...

Posted: 03/07/2014