Boatshop Classes & Workshops

photo by Mark Saran

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We offer boatbuilding classes for all abilities in all kinds of watercraft—sailboats, stitch & glue plywood kayaks, Scamps, surfboards, and more—from a number of different companies.

Offered by the Wooden Boat Foundation Boatshop:

Intro to Shop Tools

April 8, July 8
This is your chance to learn to safely use a table saw, joiner, thickness planer, band saw, router, miter saw, and drill press.

Intro to Boatbuilding

October 27–29
From tool use and maintenance to different methods of construction (traditional and contemporary), this course provides an introduction to joinery, fasteners, selecting the appropriate wood, milling rough lumber, plywood, finishes, glues, epoxies, and more. An excellent course for home hobbyists, wooden boat owners, and those planning a vocational education.

Women’s Woodworking

November dates TBD

Calendar Islands Yawl

June 24–August 26, Saturdays, 1–4
If you’re thinking about building a boat, this ten-week workshop will give you an overview, from plans to process to launch. Every Saturday we will be teaching the “step of the week” in a mix of demonstration and hands-on participation. Join us for one, some, or all of the sessions, and come away ready to start your own project. Register to build your own Calendar Islands Yawl this September (see below).

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Offered in the Boatshop by Our Program Partners:

Pygmy Boats

May 15–21, June 5–11, July 17–23, October 9–15
Build a beautiful pygmy kayak. Under the guidance of professional boat builders, learn the stitch and glue construction process to assemble your kayak.
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Cape Falcon Kayaks

May 28–June 3
New offering! Build your own skin-on-frame kayak. Boat is launched at the end of the week-long class.
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Splinter SUP

July 17–22
Splinter is a high performance expedition SUP. It’s a touring board that can also win races. It’s a great board for someone new to SUPs, but it’s also a sleek performer.
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Long Steps

July 23–August 2
This fast, dry, easily rowed, and water ballasted sailboat with an offset centerboard and self draining cockpit is the perfect boat in which to travel further and explore new territories. This is your chance to build one of your own with designer-builder John Welsford.
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August 7–20
SCAMP is a small, simple, stalwart boat in the genre of the mini micro cruiser/daysailor. Learn to build one with our professional boat builders.
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Chase Small Craft

September 18–October 1
Build the Calendar Islands Yawl with the designer from hull to interior, and leave ready to sand, paint, and rig at home.
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October 22–29
This revolutionary 19-foot adventure craft will take you anywhere and everywhere in style, quickly and with comfortable sleep-aboard accommodations.
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