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Build Your Own Calico Skiff: Motor, Sail, Row

The Northwest Maritime Center is excited to partner with Chase Small Craft to offer this new workshop where participants can build their own versatile and beautiful Calico Skiff—a sail, row, and motor skiff for everyone. Clint Chase, owner of Chase Small Craft and designer of the Calico Skiff, will be coming from Maine to instruct this course!

We’ll build the boat from precut parts over the course of the week: parts making, hull building, making the gunwales, installing seats and finishing with instruction on how to prep and paint your boat, or how to get it ready to sail if you wish to make a sailing version.

For the Calico, we can prepare a sailing package for you in advance and, if there is time, get started on the sailing components during class. At the very least, we’ll have a daggerboard trunk installed by the end of the week. If you do want to build the trunk into the boat, please be prepared to put in a little extra effort during the class.

This is a great class for people who want to build their first boat in an exciting, educational setting and with the guidance of the designer-builder. You will be ready to go home loaded with great memories and a boat ready to sand and paint. Don’t worry, we will send you home with everything you need to paint and fit out your skiff.


  • LOA 9′ 8″ | LWL 8′ 6″
  • Max beam 48.5″ | Waterline beam 39”
  • Draft 4-5/8″ | Depth amidships 15.5”
  • Depth amidships 14.5″
  • Hull weight 80 lbs | Displacement 314 lbs | Capacity 3 people

The Calico Skiff is one of the newest boats in Chase Small Craft’s fleet and came about because Clint resisted for years the temptation to design a do-it-all skiff because too often these generalized boats you find on the market are not great for any single one of the uses, but too much a compromise. Then a customer came along who loved the idea of the Points East Pram but wanted something just under 10’ and with a traditional pointed bow. He wanted a boat for his grandkids to learn boat sense, seamanship, and navigation. This time, with years of designing under his belt, Clint saw how to make a motor-sail-row skiff without sacrificing performance in any one area. Plus he had recently rescued a cute little Calico cat and given her a new home. He was inspired and in love, so to the drawing board he went.

Boatshop Build Workshop: Build Your Own Calico Skiff: Motor, Sail, Row

September 15–21, 2024 last day to register is August 13
9 AM – 5 PM | $3,699 non-member, $3,499 member

Adult Classes / Boatshop Workshops



Sep 15 - 21 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 15 - 21 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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