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Strip Planked Boat Construction: Building the Maiden of the Mast

June 16–27 last day to register is June 1
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | $699

A strip-planked boat is built over lofted molds in which 1″x3/8″ strips are edge glued to produce the boat’s hull. Strip-planked construction is a modern take on traditional build techniques that produces a craft that is both strong and lightweight. In this course, students will utilize the beautiful, 120-year-old western red cedar that has served as the main mast for the Schooner Martha to build a Sid Skiff. The Sid Skiff designed by Port Townsend resident Ray Speck is an elegant traditionally lapstrake design that offers a great platform to row and sail. Students will work alongside shop manager Joel Arrington as well as the shipwrights from the Schooner Martha crew to construct the boat within eyeshot of Martha herself. Upon completion of the boat, The Maiden of the Mast will be on display at the Wooden Boat Festival in September.

Register here.


Jun 16 - 27 2022


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 16 - 27 2022
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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