Two of the 14 ft craft, inspired by a 1925 design, have been have been successfully launched on nearby Manley Mere in Frodsham.
They involved a team of 10 mechanical engineering students at the Thornton Science Park whose job was to test how easy the boat was to build.
The project saw them working with Colin Cumming, executive technical director at North Cheshire based MWH Global, who has more than 40 years’ experience in engineering both in the UK and overseas and is a visiting lecturer at the university.
Construction of the boats provided the students with ‘hands on’ experience in design development and manufacturing.
Mr Cumming said he created a design which was able to be easily constructed in plywood by novices. “This project was quite ambitious for novice builders,” he emphasised.
“I was delighted that they succeeded in a ‘scratch build’ of two prototype hulls in just four weeks.
“One team of five students completed the sailboat while the other team built the rower. Both are now being tested and developed for kit manufacture.”
Prof Steve Wilkinson at the university said: “I have been extremely proud of the way that our students have applied themselves and committed to this project.
“Overseen by our university laboratory technicians, the students all completed the build within the allocated time period.
“These craft are expected to both sail and row well.”
It is estimated the sailing version of the boat would cost around £2,500.
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