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Family Boatbuilding: The Portage Pram

Whether it’s built with the family or for the family, the Portage Pram is a fantastic craft that is fit for all ages. Originally purpose-built as a tender, this little dinghy makes a great platform to learn both the foundations of rowing and sailing in a sturdy ultra-lightweight platform.

The 35-pound, 6′ 10″ Portage Pram is a stable and comfortable tender that tracks beautifully while rowing. The special seat shape and multiple oarlock positions allow for a variety of seating and trim options. The CNC kit includes all of the wooden pieces you need, fit with tabs and pockets that make assembly and construction simple and virtually tool-less. It’s a stitch-and-glue build, utilizing mostly zip ties and epoxy.

The Portage Pram is an excellent choice for a first-time builder and a great way to introduce kids to boatbuilding, rowing, and sailing. The class will include everything the builder needs to work through and complete all structural aspects of the build. We will also be offering a tutorial during the class that will show all the steps required for the builder to complete finish work once they get the boat home.

Boatshop Build Workshop: Family Boatbuilding: The Portage Pram

August 27 – September 1, 2024 last day to register is August 1
9 AM – 4 PM | Sailing version (includes tuition): $2799 member, $2899 non-member | Rowing-only version (includes tuition): $1799 member, $1899 non-member 

Adult Classes / Boatshop Workshops



Aug 27 2024 - Sep 01 2024


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 27 2024 - Sep 01 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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