Boatshop Classes & Workshops

photo by Mark Saran

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.

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Scout: Build Your Next Adventure

Join us for the Founders’ Build of this brand new design. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to build the boat with instruction for the cost of the kit alone!

Option 1: Feb 12–15 & 18–21 last day to register is Jan 27
Option 2: April 12–18 last day to register is Mar 24
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $3599
Shipping $199  |  or in-person pick-up at Duckworks, no charge  

It sails like a dream, rows without effort, and, at 65 pounds, you are going to have a hard time coming up with an excuse not to build this dream of a vessel. The Scout is the brain-child of Port Townsend locals Brandon Davis of Turnpoint Design and Josh Colvin of Duckworks. The boat is a new design and is offered as a platform that gives the builder a fast, efficient, and ultra-light vessel that the family can enjoy. Using the stitch and glue build technique, the boat is built using marine-ply and closed cell foam parts that are precision cut on a CNC machine. We have added a foam core deck, gunnel, and transom that trims weight and adds durability. The class is offered as both an in-person or virtual platform for instruction. This is a turn key build; the kit includes all the materials needed to complete the build, the daggerboard and rudder kits, all hardware to rig the boat, as well as mast and sail.

Local pick-up is available at Duckworks, or kits can be shipped to you at a $199 cost. All in-person kits will be delivered to the Northwest Maritime Center. Shipping will commence after registration closes. The last day to register is January 27th. Refunds are not available beyond that point. The in-person offering is dependent on the Jefferson County Safe Start phase. The virtual option is taught via Zoom.

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Portage Pram: Build a Boat in Your Living Room!

Option 1: Jan 28–Feb 2 last day to register is Jan 15
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $1579
Shipping $99  |  or in-person pick-up at Duckworks, no charge

Option 2: May 27–31 last day to register is May 12
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $1579
Shipping $99  |  or in-person pick-up at Duckworks, no charge

Back by popular demand, the Portage Pram—the boat you can build in your living room! The Portage Pram is the swiss army knife of dinghies. It’s very light, portable, rows well, sails well, fits in a minivan, and is easy to build. Taking advantage of a precision cut kit and the use of stitch and glue building technique, the participant can build this boat quickly and easily with just a few tools and little to no prior experience. Joel will walk you through every step of the build, and by the end of the class students will have a boat that is ready for finish. The kit includes all the materials needed to build the boat.

Local pick-up is available at Duckworks, or kits can be shipped to you at a $99 cost. All in-person kits will be delivered to the Northwest Maritime Center. Shipping will commence after registration closes. Refunds are not available beyond that point. The in-person offering is dependent on the Jefferson County Safe Start phase. The virtual option is taught via Zoom.

Sail Your Pram

Jun 1 last day to register is May 12
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $499
Shipping $49  |  or in-person pick-up at Duckworks, no charge
Prerequisite: Must have been a part of the Portage Pram workshop. 

For the pram builders who are looking to sail, we are offering this course as a one-day extension to the Portage Pram Workshop. This offers the student a full tutorial that will walk them through the process of converting the Portage Pram into a fine sailing vessel. The class will be a comprehensive overview of how to install the daggerboard trunk, mast step, assemble foil kits, install rigging, and install hardware. The price of the class includes the foil kit package and will be included with the Portage Pram kit upon registration.

CNC DAGGERBOARD AND FOILS KIT includes: Daggerboard trunk, Daggerboard, Rudder parts, Tiller blank, Mast partner tube, 1 yard 6oz. Fiberglass Cloth, Fasteners, and hardware pack.

Please note: The class does not include the cost of the sail rig and hardware. Those will need to be purchased separately through Duckworks.

Prerequisite: Must have been a part of the Portage Pram workshop. 

Boatshop with Benefits

You create your schedule!
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | $350 | $315 Members
This is an opportunity for you to design your own workshop! We offer the space with a work bench that the maker can use and have access to from 8 AM – 8 PM for seven days. As a participant, you are not limited to just one week, but are welcome to rent the space for as many weeks as you need as long as space is available. With the rental of the space you will get 8 hours of one-on-one instruction from the boat shop manager. We team up with outside businesses such as Chesapeake Lightcraft and Duckworks to help you with project direction and supplies, such as boat kits and rigging.

We will ensure COVID precautions and social distancing guidelines are met. As such, each participant will be allotted their own personal work space and bench to facilitate distancing from other individuals. The # of participants will also be dictated by what is allowed in each of the phases moving forward. 4 participants through phase 2 and 6+ participants in phase 3. A covid-19 safety protocol will be set up and structured very similar to what is already in place now with the crews that are working on the main shop floor. Your safety is our top priority.

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About Instructor Joel Arrington

Joel Arrington is just a southerner wandering through the west looking for water. Joel, originally from southwest Georgia, started his westward migration with a ten-year career as a fly-fishing guide and carpenter in Colorado. There, he developed his passion for being on the water and crafting with his hands, but after a few too many subzero winter days he was ready for a new adventure and landed in Port Hadlock, WA where he attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. This allowed him to channelize his passion for water and love of woodworking into a career building boats. As Boat Shop Manager, Joel is ready and eager to help others delve into the wonderful world of boats and boatbuilding.