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Large Mast Construction

February 7–11 last day to register is February 1
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | $399

Built in 1907 for San Francisco Yacht Club Commodore J. R. Hanify and named after his wife, Martha Fitzmaurice Hanify, Martha is a B.B. Crowninshield design built at W. F. Stone Boat Yard in San Francisco. Originally gaff rigged and now staysail rigged, she is 68’ on deck; 84’ sparred, 16’ beam, 8’ draft. Her planking is fir and silver bali on oak frames, and her interior is Honduran mahogany, graced with leaded glass cabinetry below decks.

Over the course of this winter season, the Schooner Martha crew will embark on the task of building a new main mast replacing the old. The new mast will be constructed of locally sourced Sitka spruce and will finish out at 84′ in length. This is an incredible opportunity for those that are interested in seeing how a large mast is constructed and to absorb knowledge from seasoned shipwrights. Students will have a week of hands-on experience working on the project while learning the construction process. Instruction will include construction methods, technique, tool building, hand tool use, and power tool use. Students will also have the chance to build a scale version of the same mast that will serve as the first step in building The Maiden of the Mast, a boat that will be constructed out of the retired western red cedar main mast.

Register here.


Feb 07 - 11 2022


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 07 - 11 2022
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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