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American Fellowship student and filmmaker, Annie Means, toured yards on the South Coast, Cornwall, and the East Coast over 3 weeks in August. She filmed and interviewed women working hands-on, to capture a snapshot of their experiences. All boatbuilders were asked the same questions, with the focus on their skills and work. However many also talked about their gender in relation to their work, so the interviews are an honest, insightful, inspiring and fun reflection of some incredible women.
The series showcases the work of women in a diverse set of roles in yards – from cover-makers to shipwrights, laminators to electricians. Covering the full range of scale in boatyards – from the enormity of Sunseeker International to Abbey Boatbuilder in her one-woman yard in Norfolk, and everything in between. Several yards that were approached have no women working hands-on, some have 1 in 100+, and some are yards owned and run by the women that were interviewed.
‘The one thing all boatbuilders we spoke to have in common is their passion about their jobs and their conviction that there is a place for everyone in the industry.’ Belinda Joslin, founder of WIBB
The aim of the tour was to create content that shares the skills and experiences of some of the amazing women and the work they are doing, to inspire others and further grow the community of women who are working hands on in yards.
‘If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.’
Produced by Belinda Joslin and Annie Means - 2023
Annie Means has given her time and expertise to Women in Boatbuilding as part of her Fellowship studies into Gender Stereotypes in the Marine World. We are incredibly grateful to Annie for her contribution to WIBB and the content that she has created on our behalf. We think it’s amazing, and will help to further develop conversations about diversity in the boatbuilding world.
Without the women who are forging their way in the industry, this would not have happened. We could not have been happier or more impressed with the answers to our questions – thank you for your honesty and wisdom. Many thanks also to some of the brilliant, supportive men in the industry:
Elizabeth Banks, Peter Collins, Sydney Fassam, Emma Mermaz-Rollet, Clementine Mollier, Otto Marples, Obioma Oji, Betzy Shell, Katie Hammond
Katie Allan, Livvy Higman, Rachel Bland, Neil Capper, Tara Clark, Daisy Leach, Holly Latham, Tori Ablett
Matt Lis, Jess Wright, Alison Taylor, Alan Staley, Gillen Knight, Ben Felts, Abbey Molyneux, Heike Lowenstein, Faye Thorley, Emily Stokes, Sacha Walker, Neil Capper, Alannah Barton, Helen Porter
Annie’s fellowship grant has made this project possible – but without the welcoming hospitality of the boatbuilders, the tour would not have been possible – so we would like to thank Betzy Shell and Holly Latham for hosting Annie on the tour.
A final and Huge THANK YOU to all the yards who have embraced and enabled this project:
Ship to Shore
BlueTree Boat Builders
Latham Traditional Boatworks
SKB Sails Ltd
Alan Staley Boatyard
The Boatbuilding Academy, Lyme Regis
The Elephant Boatyard