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School - 2019 Course Schedule - ACCESS TO EXPERIENCE - Wooden Boat School

2019 Course Schedule
School - 2019 Course Schedule - ACCESS TO EXPERIENCE - Wooden Boat School
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                        RATING 39 YEAR
                    ELEB              S!

                                                                               CANADA                   MAINE

             elcome to our 2019 course catalog. This season marks
            our 39th year as an education center for all those
           interested in boatbuilding, wooden boat maintenance                  VT                                    BROOKLIN
and repair, boat design, woodworking, metalworking, sailing,
kayaking, and much, much more. WoodenBoat School remains                                                   PORTLAND
committed to preserving the spirit of tradition in wood and
craftsmanship that permeates our 64-acre saltwater campus.
Located on the beautiful coast of Maine, our program appeals
to a diverse group of people from different backgrounds from
all over the world who come to Brooklin to learn and work
in a creative environment. We take great pride in the fact that                      MA
WoodenBoat School is one of those places that seems to bring
out the best in people. Students are inspired by the time they
spend here.
    Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced
boatbuilder, woodworker, sailor, or craftsperson, we have classes
and instructors to help you develop a wide range of skills and
instill confidence in the shop and on the water. We’ll provide
you with a friendly and talented staff, outstanding faculty, good
                                                                         “I would recommend WoodenBoat School to anyone.
food, and comfortable accommodations. It’s an easy place to
relax and enjoy yourself; a “home away from home” for many.              I loved the warm and friendly atmosphere and social
    We tend to focus on a “hands on” learning approach using             interaction with other students.”
hands and minds together. Consider how you felt the last time                                                W.K., Cownsville, Maryland
you made something by hand. Doing something interesting,
being creative, discovering new talents; these quite often bring an                                               Cover photo: Michael Kahn
individual limitless pleasure, inspiration, and satisfaction. Keep
that in mind as you look through this catalog. Have questions?
Just pick up the phone or send us an email and we’ll be glad to       Sailing.............................................................4
provide you with plenty of information. I encourage you to try        Kayaking ......................................................11
something new this year and discover the adventure and skills of
the wooden boat community. It will be a worthwhile experience         Boatbuilding and Woodworking ...............12
that will be treasured for years to come. Everyone is welcome!
                                                                      Alumni Work Weeks ....................................28
                                                                      Related Crafts ..............................................29
                                                                      2019 Off-Site Courses .................................35
                                                                      Registration Information ...........................36
                                                   Rich Hilsinger
                                                        Director      Application ....................... Inside Back Cover

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 MAY                                         JUNE                                                                                                        JULY
19–25/26–1           2–8                 9–15 16–22 23–29                                                   30–6                    7–13                14–20 21–27
 ALUMNI                   Fundamentals of                                Fundamentals of                           Fundamentals of                     Finishing Out
WORK WEEK                                                                                                                                               Small Boats              Fundamentals
                            Boatbuilding                                   Boatbuilding                              Boatbuilding
  MAY 19-25                  with Greg Rössel                               with Pat Mahon                            with Greg Rössel
                                                                                                                                                         with Geoff Kerr               with Warren
   page 28                                                                                                                                                  page 15                          page
                                 page 12                                        page 12                                   page 12

 ALUMNI                                                                                                                                                    Build
WORK WEEK            Making                                                              Build                                                           Your Own                Stitch-
MAY 26-JUNE 1                                   Building a 15' Aspøya                                       Building the Grand Canyon                   Northeaster
   page 28
                  Friends With                         Faering                         Your Own                        Dory                                                     and-Glue
                  Your Marine                                                          Sassafras                                                           Dory                Boatbuilding
                                                     with F. Jay Smith                                                with Brad Dimock                    with Andrew
                  Diesel Engine                          page 16                        Canoe                              page 17                         Schroeher
                                                                                                                                                                               with John Harris
                   with Jon Bardo                                                     with John Staub                                                                              page 17
                                                                                                                                                            page 20
                      page 29                                                             page 21

                                         Build Your                 Build                                 Introduction           Sparbuilding             Carving a            Bent-Wood
                  Introduction          Own Stitch-               Your Own            Essentials               to                 with Pat Mahon           Wooden              Box Making
                       to                and-Glue                 Annapolis            of Fine            Boatbuilding                page 28             Working
                                                                                                                                                                                with Bill Jordan
                  Boatbuilding                                                       Woodworking                                                                                    page 25
                                           Kayak                   Wherry                                 with John Karbott                                 Decoy
                  with John Karbott                                                      with Mark             page 14           Pond Yacht
                                        with Eric Schade         with Geoff Kerr                                                                           with Frank
                       page 14                                                           Whitcomb                                                                              Restoration
                                            page 20                 page 21                                                      Restoration               Middleton
                                                                                          page 24                                                                             of Basic Hand
                                                                                                           Elements of           with John Stoudt           page 26
                                       Boatbuilder’s             Fine Strip-                                  Sailing                page 27                                      Tools
                                                                                         Lofting                                                       Metalworking            with Tim Bishop
                                        Hand Tools              Planked Boat          with Greg Rössel
                                                                                                          with Jane Ahlfeld &
                                                                                                                                                                                   page 23
                                        with Harry Bryan        Construction              page 13
                                                                                                              Annie Nixon        Elements of              for the
                                            page 23             with Nick Schade                                page 4            Sailing II           Boatbuilder &
                                                                     page 16                                                       Geoff Kerr &        Woodworker              Elements of
                                                                                     Elements of           Craft of Sail           Annie Nixon                                    Sailing
                                                                                                                                                        with Erica Moody
                                                                                        Sailing              onboard                 page 4                 page 29           with Sue LaVoie &
                                                               Blacksmithing         (for Women)                                                                              Gretchen Snyder
                                                                    for                                       MISTY                                                                 page 4
                                                                                    with Jane Ahlfeld &                            Coastal
                                                               Boatbuilders            Robin Lincoln
                                                                                                          with Queene Foster                            Maine Coast:
                                                                                                                page 7             Cruising              Boats, Sea
                                                                with Doug Wilson          page 4                                                                               The Catboat
                                                                    page 30                                                      Seamanship               and Sky             with Martin Gardner
                                                                                                                                   onboard               with Amy Hosa              page 5
                                                                 Coastwise                                                        ACTRESS                   page 34
                                                                 Navigation                                                     with Hans Vierthaler
                                                                with Jane Ahlfeld                                                     page 9            Elements of
                                                                     page 5                                                                                Sailing
                                                                                                                                   Advanced            with Martin Gardner
                                                                                                                                    Coastal               & Sue LaVoie
                                                                                                                                   Kayaking                  page 4
                                                                                                                                    with Kevin
                                                                                                                                    Beckwith            Craft of Sail
                                                                                                                                     page 11              onboard
                                                                                                                                   Tallship            with Queene Foster
                                                                                                                                 Sailing and                 page 7
                                                                                                                                  with Capt. Barry        Cruising
                                                                                                                                King & Jane Ahlfeld     Through the
                                                                                                                                      page 10
              2019 Schedule at a Glance                                                                                                                  ACTRESS
                                                                                                                                                       with Hans Vierthaler
                                                                                                                                                             page 9

                Q Sailing               Q Kayaking
                Q Boatbuilding and Woodworking
                Q Related Crafts

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                                               AUGUST                                                                                  SEPTEMBER
   28–3                  4–10                  11–17 18–24 25–31                                                    1–7                 8–14 15–21 22–28
                                 Fundamentals of                             Fundamentals of                       Advanced Fundamentals of                            Fundamentals of
of Boatbuilding
                                   Boatbuilding                                Boatbuilding                              Boatbuilding                                    Boatbuilding
12                                 with Thad Danielson                           with Bob Fuller                             with Greg Rössel                              with Bob Fuller
                                         page 12                                    page 12                                      page 12                                      page 12

   Traditional            Traditional           Build Your               Wooden Boat Repair &                                                                   Build Your              Making
   Wood-and-              Wood-and-             Own Solo/                                                              Interior Boat Joinery                   Own Stitch-           Friends with
                                                                         Restoration Methods
  Canvas Canoe          Canvas Canoe             Tandem                          with Walt Ansel
                                                                                                                             with Greg Bauer                    and-Glue             Your Marine
  Construction          Construction              Canoe                                                                          page 19                          Kayak              Diesel Engine
                                                                                    page 19
  with Rollin Thurlow    (for Women)          with Roger McKee &                                                                                              with Dillon Majoros     with Jon Bardo
       page 18           with Elisa Schine       Hilary Russell                                                                                                    page 20               page 29
                             page 18                page 22
                                                                     Build Your             Fine Strip-          Introduction           Building the
  Introduction                                                        Own Fox               Plank Boat             to Cold-              Amesbury               Build Your           Building Half
       to               Woodcarving            Introduction                                                                                                     Own Plank              Models
                                                  to Boat              Canoe               Construction             Molded               Dory-Skiff
  Woodworking           with Reed Hayden
                                                                    with Bill Thomas       with Nick Schade      Construction          with Graham McKay
                                                                                                                                                               Constructed             with Eric Dow
   with Bill Thomas          page 25             Modeling                                                                                                      Pond Yacht                 page 13
                                                                        page 22                 page 16          with Mike Moros             page 15
       page 24                                   with Al Ross                                                                                                 with Bruce Richter
                                                                                                                     page 18
                         Marine and               page 26                                                                                                          page 27
                                                                    Introduction           Finishing Out                               Sailboats and
  The Rope and           Seascape                                        to                 Small Boats           Sea Sense            Seascapes in
  Canvas Sailor         Photography            Elements of                                                                                                     Introduction
                                               Boat Design          Boatbuilding            with Bill Thomas      Under Sail             Acrylics
 with Eric Stockinger   with Michael Kahn
                                                                    with John Karbott           page 15            with Havilah        with Kaitlyn Metcalf
       page 32               page 31           with Paul Gartside                                                                                              Canvaswork
                                                                         page 14                                    Hawkins                  page 33
                                                    page 14
                                                                                               Lofting                page 8                                   with Ann Brayton
   Elements of           Elements of                                                                                                                               page 32
                                                  Bronze              Woodcuts             with Greg Rössel                               Marine
     Sailing II             Sailing                                 with Gene Shaw             page 13             Cruising             Photography
   (for Women)          with Tracy Eberhart     Casting for             page 33                                  Through the            with Jon Strout &
  with Jane Ahlfeld &    & Martin Gardner      Boatbuilders                                 The Maine             Watches                Jane Peterson
   Gretchen Snyder            page 4          with Michael Saari
                                                                    Elements of              Coast in              onboard                  page 31
        page 4                                     page 30
                        Craft of Sail                                  Sailing              Watercolor            ACTRESS
                                                                    with Geoff Kerr &       with Su Johnson     with Hans Vierthaler     Sea Sense
    Row, Row,             onboard              Elements of             Rich Naple               page 34               page 9             Under Sail
    Row Your            VITAL SPARK             Sailing II               page 4                                                           with Havilah
      Boat              (for Women)           with Martin Gardner
                                                                                            Elements of                                    Hawkins
     with Havilah       with Arista Holden       & Rich Naple                                                                                page 8
                                                    page 4          Craft of Sail            Sailing II
      Hawkins                 page 7
        page 6                                                        onboard             with Jane Ahlfeld &
                                                                    VITAL SPARK              Erica Moody                                  Coastal
                           Coastal              Open Boat                                       page 4                                    Cruising
                                                                    with Arista Holden
                           Cruising              Cruising                 page 7                                                        Seamanship
                         Seamanship             with Geoff Kerr
                                                    page 6                                                                                onboard
                        onboard VELA                                   Sailing                                                           ACTRESS
                           with Havilah                              GLADIATOR                                                         with Hans Vierthaler
                            Hawkins            Craft of Sail                                                                                 page 9
                                                                    with Andy Zuber
                              page 9             onboard                page 10
                          Elements             with Ross Beane
                          of Coastal                page 7
                          Kayaking                                   Seamanship
                        with Nick Schade
                             page 11                                onboard VELA
                                                                      with Havilah
                                                                         page 9

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                      How to Choose the Best Waterfront Course for You
    We receive many inquiries from individuals who are thinking                 to forget information from one season to another, especially if you
about joining us on the water, yet are unsure which course(s) to choose.        don’t have access to sailing where you live. The next step would
While there are certainly different things to consider, we’re confident         be ELEMENTS II. Our OPEN BOAT CRUISING, THE CATBOAT,
that we can help you choose the best course to suit your needs.                 CRAFT OF SAIL, SAILING GLADIATOR, and SEA SENSE UNDER
    All of our Sailing courses focus on becoming a sailor, which                SAIL selections get more experienced students out on an exciting
means much more than just learning to sail. Each course takes a                 array of larger sailing vessels. And, for those folks looking for a
“hands-on” approach, and the majority of class time will be spent in            unique “liveaboard” experience, we offer COASTAL CRUISING
boats on the water. Our instructors are fine sailors themselves, each           SEAMANSHIP, CRUISING THROUGH THE WATCHES and TALL-
possessing good judgment and a knack for instilling confidence in a             SHIP SAILING & SEAMANSHIP.
positive environment. Our classrooms are beautiful, wooden sailing                  You’ll also find excellent opportunities to gain experience in
and rowing craft that are pure joy to step aboard. Our waters offer             coastwise navigation and kayaking. So, take your time and read
some of the finest sailing and cruising in the world.                           through these pages slowly. Please keep in mind that we’ll be glad
    WoodenBoat School’s Sailing program has something for                       to help you with any decisions that may prove difficult; just get in
everyone, beginner to experienced. A wonderful introduction to the              touch with us. Choosing the appropriate course brings not only the
art of sailing is our very popular ELEMENTS OF SAILING course,                  exhilaration of learning new skills, but the satisfaction of time well
offered throughout the season. For practical reasons, step two could            spent for everyone involved.
be repeating ELEMENTS with another set of instructors. It is easy

Elements of Sailing I & II                                                           We have various craft here that are suitable for the most timid and the
                                                                                most adventurous of students. Your on-the-water classroom for the week
Learn-to-sail courses that emphasize seamanship, instill confidence,
                                                                                will be our fleet of Herreshoff and Haven 121⁄2s—keel/centerboard daysailers
and are fun.                                                                    that are a pure delight to sail safely. Above all, we want to take the drama
                                                                                out of sailing—it is a safe and enjoyable sport, and our heavy emphasis on
Elements I                                                                      seamanship should go far toward ensuring this goal. You’ll definitely have
Jane Ahlfeld & Robin Lincoln — June 23–29 (Women Only)                          fun this week!
Jane Ahlfeld & Annie Nixon — June 30–July 6                                          There will be daily classroom lessons about charts and navigation, safety
Martin Gardner & Sue LaVoie — July 14–20                                        equipment and weather conditions, knot tying and heavy-weather strategy.
Sue LaVoie & Gretchen Snyder — July 21–27                                       Our instructors focus their entire summer on our fleet and waterfront
Tracy Eberhart & Martin Gardner — August 4–10                                   facility; their “sea sense” is highly tuned, and experiencing that may be the
Geoff Kerr & Rich Naple — August 18–24                                          biggest lesson of all.
                                                                                     In our ELEMENTS II course, students who have some prior small-boat
                                                                                sailing experience will have the chance to refresh their own “sea sense” and
Elements II                                                                     fine-tune their boating skills. You will work toward handling our vessels
Geoff Kerr & Annie Nixon — July 7–13                                            competently and confidently. Solo sailing will be encouraged, and a variety
Jane Ahlfeld & Gretchen Snyder — July 28–August 3                               of more challenging tactical/navigational exercises will be presented. If
                                  (Women Only)                                  you’re a confident and seasoned graduate of ELEMENTS I, this is the perfect
Martin Gardner & Rich Naple — August 11–17                                      second step in your mastery of sailing. Essentially, this course is about sailing,
Jane Ahlfeld & Erica Moody — August 25–31                                       sailing, and more sailing!
    Since early in WoodenBoat School’s history, we’ve had the great pleasure
                                                                                Tuition: $825
and satisfaction of introducing thousands of students to the joys of sailing.
Our ELEMENTS courses continue to be among our most popular offerings,           Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.
often bringing students back, year after year, for more sail training. Anyone
can learn to sail, but these courses cover much more than that; our expe-
rienced instructors immerse each student in the art of seamanship. Our          Elements II Qualifications
emphasis is on the skillful handling of small craft and building confidence         Becoming a sailor takes time (more than one Sailing course, we can
in one’s abilities. These come from practice, and more practice.                promise), and it takes work. To ensure that you not find yourself “in over
    Under the calm and knowing guidance of our seasoned instructors,            your head” in our ELEMENTS II course, we ask that you have recently
you’ll learn the essentials—sailing dynamics, boat rigging and spars, and       completed our ELEMENTS I course, or have equivalent experience: you
safety precautions—followed by practical lessons on sailing techniques.         should feel reasonably comfortable sailing a small boat from a mooring
Daily hands-on exercises and drills will take students through getting under-   or dock, and returning her safely, using crew to help. Improving your
way, maneuvering through the points of sail, keeping a course, tacking,         sailing skills will ultimately increase your enjoyment of the sport. If you
returning to a mooring and dock, and much, much more.                           have any questions regarding your abilities, please give us a call.

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The Catboat
The pleasures of a distinct American sailing craft.
Martin Gardner — July 21–27
    Catboats have been around forever and are as much a part of America’s
history as the Model T Ford or the Wright Brothers’ first flight. These shal-
low-draft, broad-beamed, centerboard boats with a single mast right up in
the bow have played an important role among American working and plea-
sure craft.
    This course combines practical skills with some fun, relaxed voyaging.
We’ll use catboats large and small. We’ll rig them, sail them, reef them, and
moor them. We’ll learn how to let them take care of themselves, to self-steer,
and heave-to. We’ll pick exciting destinations for day trips, sail to them,
anchor, and explore local waters and islands. We’ll cover all the basics of sea-
manship with particular emphasis on navigation, using tools ranging from
the lead line to the iPad.
    Catboats lend themselves to relaxed sailing, and we’ll make a point of
soaking up the beauties of the Eggemoggin Reach and other local waters
as we cruise under plenty of canvas. Prior sailing experience required for
this course.

Tuition: $825
Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

         “On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Martin Gardner an 11. Patient, knowledgeable, self-deprecating humor, and
         professional in every way, are words that come to mind when describing Martin Gardner as a sailing instructor.
         I loved how he broke up the classroom instruction with guest presenters, each of whom are knowledgeable and
         entertaining in their own right. I cannot recommend THE CATBOAT course and the instructor more highly.”
                                                                                                                   G.S., Bourne, Massachusetts

Coastwise Navigation                                                               all—to continuously visualize the connection between the chart and your
Knowing where you are on the water.                                                spot on the water—takes skill and experience. Your instructor will help you
                                                                                   acquire both. You’ll learn about symbols, scales, specialized charts, and more.
Jane Ahlfeld — June 16–22
                                                                                       You’ll examine compasses—types, azimuths, lubber lines, the confusions
    Except in the smallest bodies of water, the sailor is helpless if he or she    of deviation and variation. Parallel rules and dividers will become your friends
lacks the age-old skills of piloting and dead reckoning. The goal of this          as you learn the techniques of plotting courses, LOPs, and fixes. You’ll move
course is to give students a really thorough understanding of and facility         on to more advanced procedures such as running fixes, compensation for set
with, the subject—approaching it both “academically” and on the water.             and drift, bow and beam bearings, circles of position, and the six-minute rule.
    You’ll start with charts, the fundamental tool of the navigator. Modern            You’ll be boating a lot in this course, putting your lessons into practice
charts present an incredible amount of information, and to really utilize it       and getting skillful with the tools. You’ll use traditional and reliable instru-
                                                                                   ments like the compass and leadline, and you’ll get your hands on electronic
                                                                                   devices like depthsounders, Loran, and GPS.
                                                                                       The beauty of this course is that it provides the ideal blend of the theory
                                                                                   and practice of coastal navigation. By week’s end, you should be able to enjoy
                                                                                   the niceties of piloting and relax more with your boat on the water.

                                                                                   Tuition: $825
                                                                                   Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. The course will include
                                                                                   a day with marine electronics writer, and former WoodenBoat instructor,
                                                                                   Ben Ellison on his 37' lobster yacht GIZMO, aboard which is installed a
                                                                                   rotating variety of cutting-edge chart plotters, radars, sonars, and other
                                                                                   modern aids to navigation.

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Open-Boat Cruising
The skills for adventuring.
Geoff Kerr — August 11–17
    Beach cruising is an exciting step beyond daysailing. Maybe you’d like
to cruise the Maine Island Trail, participate in the annual Small Reach
Regatta, or do some extended cruising. With simple skills, basic equipment,
and modest boats, one can spend an overnight or an extended expedition
voyaging in reasonable comfort, relative safety, and engaging adventure.
Doing so in a trailerable, beachable boat opens up dazzling parts of the
world to exploration and enjoyment. This course is designed to introduce
you to beach cruising with hands-on experience using time-tested boats,
gear, and techniques.
    This course will be based onboard NED LUDD and SWIFTY, two of Iain
Oughtred’s versatile Caledonia Yawls. Instructor Geoff Kerr will share his
knowledge gleaned from many years of sailing and camp-cruising with NED
in Penobscot Bay and beyond. You will learn and practice a wide variety of
real-world cruising skills and tactics. Days will be filled with trip planning,
keeping an eye toward weather, tides, and currents; practical navigation
using a chart and compass; rowing, sailing, reefing, and beyond; anchoring,
beaching, and getting ashore; communications; and safety.
    Each day will start with a planning session for that day’s adventure,         your foulweather gear (just in case). A list of personal gear and clothing will
choosing a destination and routes to maximize adventure and your oppor-           be provided upon registration.
tunities to stretch your experience. You’ll land frequently, with a major stop
midday for lunch, island exploration, and the chance to try to keep your boat     Tuition: $825
where it belongs. These island sessions will also allow for demonstrations        Note: You should come to the course with at least intermediate sailing skills.
and discussions of provisioning, camping gear and strategies, and access to       We’d also like you to realize that while this is not a survival course, it will be
and stewardship of beach cruising grounds. Afternoon return passages will         an active one. We’ll be planning and making daily passages, rowing and
be by different routes, taking full advantage of the wonders of Penobscot Bay     sailing as it happens, come sun, rain, fog, or calm. We’ll be in and out of
and the ever-changing conditions. Students will return to campus in time          boats repeatedly, with wet feet and no docks. It might be hot, it might be
for dinner and to recharge for the next day. All you’ll need to bring with        cold, it might be wet…it will be fun.
you are your enthusiasm for small-boat sailing, your sense of adventure, and      Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat                                                           where large sailboats and powerboats dare not go. Along the way you’ll learn
                                                                                  healthful (and potentially life-saving) skills that will increase one’s strength
Human power on the water.
                                                                                  and endurance, yet will prove gentle to joints and muscles. Anyone who can
Havilah Hawkins — July 28–August 3                                                get in a boat can learn to row. This week you’ll learn how to row correctly.
     This new course will give students the opportunity to get out on the water       You’ll row fine traditional pulling boats, dories, prams, peapods, flat-bot-
in fine style at low cost. Recreational rowing in traditional craft is making a   tomed skiffs, and try out other designs. No matter what previous experience
strong comeback these days. Instructor Havilah Hawkins, a lifelong water-         you bring to the course, technique can always be improved. You’ll learn to
man, will use a variety of human-powered boats to take students across open       keep as comfortable as possible since rowing is supposed to be fun. A variety
water to coves, creeks, and islands out back of nowhere, exploring places         of rowing strokes will be covered and practiced, including the art of sculling—
                                                                                  that is, how to propel a boat by working a single oar over the transom. We’ll
                                                                                  also look at safety equipment, tides and wind, simple navigation and charts.
                                                                                      Havilah will cover the history and evolution of rowing craft and designs.
                                                                                  Students will have access to the WoodenBoat Research Library where your
                                                                                  instructor will explain how to read and understand hull-lines drawings.
                                                                                  What makes a suitable boat? How does one choose proper oars, oarlocks,
                                                                                  and accessories? How is thwart placement determined?
                                                                                      There are a lot of folks out there who think of rowing as “work,” to be
                                                                                  avoided if at all possible. This week with Havilah Hawkins will be enlighten-
                                                                                  ing and enjoyable as we debunk that myth and discover the joys of messing
                                                                                  about in small boats.

                                                                                  Tuition: $825
                                                                                  Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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                                                                                      by sharing their own experiences and by encouraging you to think and feel
Craft of Sail                                                                         a boat through various real and “what if ” situations. With a maximum of
Learn and enjoy big-boat sailing with a master.                                       five students, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and try tricks
On board the 39' Yawl MISTY                                                           at the helm.
Queene Foster — June 30–July 6; July 14–20                                                There are numerous sailing schools out there, but few offer experience
                                                                                      in cruising/charter-sized vessels like these—and none that we know of offer
On board VITAL SPARK                                                                  instruction by such experienced sailors on such lovely yachts.
Arista Holden — August 4–10 (Women Only); August 18–24
                                                                                      Tuition: $825
On board LEVERA                                                                       Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.
Ross Beane — August 11–17
    CRAFT OF SAIL is for folks who have some experience in big boats but
who want to improve their skills on the water, particularly in the context            “I took your CRAFT OF SAIL course hoping to understand
of a cruising-sized vessel. Subjects include sail theory, hull and rig balance,       better how to maximize vessel performance, coordinate crew
helmsmanship, piloting in clear weather and fog, approaching and leaving              when at the helm, understand running rigging—all of these
floats and moorings, knots and rigging, man-overboard strategy, handling
                                                                                      expectations and more were totally met. I spent the week on a
ground tackle, crew management; and, with those of our vessels that have
power plants, maneuvering under power, and the rudiments of auxiliary                 glorious boat on the magnificent Maine coast, and was taught
engines and navigation instruments.                                                   by a master sailor. Queene Foster imparts wisdom, respect for
    The seaman aspires to the mastery of many subjects, but the essence of            the boat and weather conditions, the importance of safety—all
the craft of sail is sea sense: the ability to tune in to a boat, the weather, and    with enormous diplomacy, modesty, and good humor.”
the crew, and apply good judgment so that all work together harmoniously.
Our instructors understand this, and they will help you to acquire that sense                                                              E.F., Brooklyn, New York

       LEVERA was designed by naval architect K. Aage Nielsen and built to exceptionally high standards by
       the Paul E. Luke yard in East Boothbay, ME in 1966. As a 41' keel/centerboard sloop she placed second
     in her class during the 1968 Newport to Bermuda race, and when you sail aboard her, you’ll understand
         why—she’s fast, seaworthy, and balanced, all the while in comfort, style, and grace. LEVERA’s hull of
        double-planked mahogany with laminated frames makes her strong. Her sloop rig makes her efficient,
       and her roomy cockpit makes it all enjoyable. LEVERA offers a comfortable, safe, stunning platform as
                           students learn the finer points of big boat sailing along the picturesque Maine coast.

                                               MISTY is one of the famed 39' Concordia yawls built at Abeking and Rasmussen in Germany for the
                                               Concordia Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Designed by Ray Hunt and Waldo Howland in
                                               1939, the 39s served as family cruisers and successful bluewater racers, and are known for their intricate
                                               construction details, beautiful proportions, and grace on the water. MISTY spent 45 of her 52 years on the
                                               Great Lakes in the care of one loving family who raced her successfully. She’s received excellent care over
                                               the years, and has never needed a major rebuild. Her layout and details are original. Her yawl rig provides
                                               many lines to pull to adjust her sails to perfection. MISTY is easy to sail in nearly all conditions, because
                                               none of her sails are too large to handle.

       VITAL SPARK is a Bill Harris–designed Concordia 31' ketch built by the Concordia Company in 1964.
       She features a large catboat-style cockpit and 6'2" headroom below decks. Her interior is fashioned from
       butternut and aromatic Massachusetts cedar, and her hull is northern white cedar on white oak frames.
         She is a particularly well-balanced and comfortable sailer, carrying almost 550 sq. ft. of sail, and very
                                         much at home on the waters of the Eggemoggin Reach and Jericho Bay.

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School - 2019 Course Schedule - ACCESS TO EXPERIENCE - Wooden Boat School
Sea Sense Under Sail
                                                                                   gaff sloop of his own design, VELA. This will be a glimpse into the lure of
On board the 50’ gaff-rigged sloop VELA                                            sailing—a week full of seamanship, skills afloat, sound advice, and story-
Experience the true joy of sailing with a lifelong sailor.                         telling under sail. You’ll learn how to control VELA on all points of sailing,
                                                                                   how her sails work, their trimming, the forces involved, dealing with wind
Havilah Hawkins — September 1–7;                                                   shifts, picking up moorings, anchoring, and lying-to. Haddie will also share
                  September 8–14                                                   his thoughts on the practical aspects of running and maintaining a large
    Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins has been sailing and fooling around in boats          vessel, and running a safe ship. Students will also learn about navigation, the
throughout his life. His father, Havilah “Buds” Hawkins, designed, built,          weather and tides, the visual signs you should watch for, coastal geography
sailed, and skippered boats his entire life and was a well-known fixture in        and geology, marine life, sea conditions, and using common sense. Above
the wooden boat community. It’s no wonder salt water quickly found its way         all, this will be a wonderful occasion to enjoy the fun and rewards of sailing.
into Haddie’s veins.
    WoodenBoat School is excited to offer students a one-of-a-kind oppor-          Tuition: $825
tunity to sail and learn from this master mariner on board the beautiful 50'       Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

           “On one hand, I wanted to know more about sailing tactics in tight places, current, shifting winds, and reading
           the sea conditions. On the other hand, I wanted a big boat experience. SEA SENSE UNDER SAIL with Haddie
           Hawkins was the whole package and lots more! VELA is the best ‘classroom’ I have ever been on. What an
           awesome platform to work with and learn on.”
                                                                                                                              M.L., Biddeford, Maine

                                                     ACTRESS is a beautiful 75' brigantine designed by Murray Peterson in 1937 and built by Scott
                                                     Kennedy in East Boothbay Harbor, Maine. With her 80,000-lb displacement and 56'-long deck,
                                                     ACTRESS makes a wonderful platform for learning to navigate and sail our beautiful coast.
                                                     Carrying nine sails, she offers plenty of opportunities for everyone to handle sails, ropes, and sail.
                                                     Capt. Hans Vierthaler purchased ACTRESS in 2017 and has set her up to carry six passengers for a
                                                     very unique sailing experience.

                VELA, a 50' straight-stemmed, gaff sloop, was designed by owner/skipper Havilah Hawkins and built in 1996
                 by the Wooden Boat Co. in Camden, Maine. Sporting two headsails, topsail, and a large mainsail—800 sq ft
               on a 35' boom—VELA is a pleasure to sail in all wind conditions. Lazyjacks and lifts enable the huge mainsail
                      to be easily handled by only two people. Comfortable, seaworthy, and well balanced, this beautiful boat
               provides a perfect classroom for students who will learn how to work with the wind and sea, not against them.

                                         GLADIATOR is a true, original Friendship sloop built in 1902 in Bremen, Maine. Designed by Alexander
                                         McLain, she measures 32' on deck, has an 11' beam, and draws 6'. She fished in the Gulf of Maine until 1927
                                         before being converted to a pleasure sailing craft. GLADIATOR sailed in the Chesapeake region in the 1930s
                                         through the late ’60s. Bill Zuber then purchased her in 1967, brought her back to Friendship, Maine, in 1972,
                                         and, along with his son Andy, extensively rebuilt her from 1982 to 1987. A distinguished member of the
                                         Friendship Sloop Society since 1967, GLADIATOR has won several Sloop Races, as well as The Chowder Cup
                                         and the Retired Skipper’s Race. Carrying nearly 1,200 sq ft of sail, she is a fun boat to sail and may be the
                                         perfect vessel in which to gain a better understanding of the art of seamanship.

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                                                                                      ACTRESS. After spending the first night in a secluded anchorage, Hans
Cruising Through the Watches                                                          and his students will gather together and determine the best option for an
Voyaging safely and confidently under sail.                                           extended cruise after listening to the weather, developing a “back-up” plan
On board ACTRESS                                                                      should conditions change, and laying out a watch schedule. Tuesday you’ll
Hans Vierthaler — July 14–20; September 1–7                                           set off on your adventure.
                                                                                          Designed to build the confidence of sailors who are seeking new
    If you’ve ever wondered what it is like and how to make an overnight
                                                                                      challenges and wish to go beyond the boundaries of day sails from the
or extended trip along the coast, or an ocean voyage, this week with Hans
                                                                                      WoodenBoat waterfront, CRUISING THROUGH THE WATCHES may help
will shed plenty of light on the subject. We offer this opportunity to the
                                                                                      one prepare for eventual boat ownership and/or realize the dream of an
experienced, large-boat sailor wishing to advance his or her skills in the
                                                                                      extended cruise. Whatever your reasons for signing on for this course, you
areas of coastal piloting, navigation, sail-handling, watch-keeping, safety at
                                                                                      will find your captain is an experienced and patient instructor, and eager to
sea, and much more. Shipboard life and cooking aboard will also be part of
                                                                                      share his many years of experience sailing in the coastal and offshore waters
this cruising experience. In addition to the topics covered in our COASTAL
                                                                                      of Maine.
CRUISING SEAMANSHIP courses, the centerpiece of this liveaboard
course will be journeying overnight to a destination Students will be able            Tuition: $1550
to immerse themselves in the daily routines of a traditional sailing vessel,
while learning how to choose and plan a long-range destination appropriate
for weather and tide conditions, safety considerations, standing a watch, and
nighttime piloting. The moon will be moving toward its fullest stage during                “I am a much better, confident sailor thanks to
this week, and we hope to take full advantage of it and experience the thrill
of moonlit sailing.
                                                                                           WoodenBoat School.”
    The week will start with Hans explaining the various systems, instru-                                                         S.F., Camden, Maine
mentation, and sail configurations aboard his beautiful 75' brigantine

Coastal Cruising Seamanship
A week of cruising on the coast of Maine aboard two classics.                             Hans Vierthaler and Havilah Hawkins are both seasoned, proven, and
                                                                                      enthusiastic sailors, who have spent a good portion of their lives sailing and
On board VELA                                                                         living aboard boats. Each instructor will create a custom-tailored course in
Havilah Hawkins — August 4–10; August 18–24                                           which you will be patiently coached toward the next level in your sailing
                                                                                      career—whether it be skippering a vessel on your own, or crewing with
On board ACTRESS
                                                                                      increased confidence, competence, and enjoyment. Everyone shares in the
Hans Vierthaler — July 7–13; September 8–14
                                                                                      responsibilities of the cruise, including skippering, navigating, and cooking.
    Over the years we’ve learned that the best way to discover the pleasures          There’s time, too, to savor the pleasures that cruising is all about—feeling
and develop the skills of cruising under sail is to sail off in the right boat with   a well-found vessel moving through a seaway, experiencing the peace and
the right skipper. This season we are again proud to offer four liveaboard            freedom of life at sea, and slipping into quiet anchorages each night. There
courses on board two classic vessels.                                                 will even be opportunities to row ashore and explore some of the beautiful
    Students can choose between the 75' Murray Peterson–designed                      islands that are part of Maine’s gorgeous coast.
brigantine ACTRESS, with Hans Vierthaler as your instructor, and the 50'                  This is a rare opportunity to learn anything and everything you wish to
Havilah Hawkins–designed gaff sloop VELA skippered by the designer                    about the complex subject of big-boat cruising, and we’re very pleased to have
himself. Both are beautiful examples of a bluewater sailing vessel and a great        the chance to offer it to you. Sign up for a truly great adventure under sail!
boat on which to learn about sailing. Each is designed to provide the max-
imum of comfort and seaworthiness, and can accommodate students in a                  Tuition: $1,300 onboard VELA
safe, spacious manner.                                                                         $1,550 onboard ACTRESS

                            “This was a magnificent experience. I met some really fine people. Your staff is
                            outstanding. The words ‘no’ and ‘we can’t’ are not in your lexicon. You all do
                            such a fantastic job. I will definitely be back and will recommend WoodenBoat
                            School to my friends. Thank you so much!”
                                                                                                    C.I., Pflurgerville, Texas

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                                                                                   outlined along with a review of the previous day’s experiences. Then sails
Sailing GLADIATOR                                                                  will be hoisted, and off you’ll go. Throughout the week, you will navigate and
Lessons aboard an historic 32’ Friendship sloop—a traditional                      voyage to as many pristine destinations on local waters as we can squeeze
American sailing craft.                                                            in. The days will be filled with hands-on exercises including navigation, sail
Andy Zuber — August 18–24                                                          handling, lines and rigging, safety at sea, reefing, heaving-to, sailing off and
                                                                                   up to moorings, and anchoring. And, yes, lots and lots of sailing! While
    One of the many interesting facts about the Friendship sloop is that it was    under sail, you will be able to apply your small-boat sailing techniques and
originally a very popular and successful workboat in Maine waters and then,        gain larger-boat sailing experience. As each day winds down, you’ll sail back
after disappearing for almost half a century, it returned as a popular pleasure    to the school’s waterfront and bask in the rewards of spending an exciting
craft in the first decade of the 20th century. GLADIATOR was designed and          day under a full spread of canvas on a beautiful, traditional sailing vessel.
built by Alexander McLain in 1902 in Bremen, Maine, and after years of
service as a fishing boat and pleasure craft in Maine and Chesapeake Bay           Tuition: $825
waters, she returned to Friendship, Maine, where she was extensively rebuilt       Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.
by the Zuber family from 1982 to 1987. Since then, GLADIATOR has sailed
a great deal of the Maine coast and raced successfully with the Friendship
Sloop Society, winning many sailing regattas. With nearly 1,200' of canvas,
she provides all who sail her a hearty taste of traditional seamanship. With
                                                                                    “The week SAILING GLADIATOR was a fun, relaxing time, as
plenty of lines and sails to handle, she has the feel of a real vessel under way    well as an exceptional learning experience. Both Andy and
and is fun to sail!                                                                 his father, Bill, were a remarkable team. It was a privilege to
    During this five-day course, Capt. Andy Zuber will guide students               spend five days with them on the water. I learned so much
through the lessons of handling a mid-sized sailboat. Each morning will
                                                                                    more than sailing. Thank you!”
begin with the crew meeting on board to discuss the forecasted weather
and sea conditions, winds and tide. Together, the goals of the day will be                                                      M.G., Starksboro, Vermont

Tall-Ship Sailing and Seamanship
Learn numerous skills and sail handling
aboard the schooner MARY DAY.
Capt. Barry King & Jane Ahlfeld — July 7–13
    WoodenBoat School invites you to join Jane Ahlfeld and Capt. Barry
King for a week of experiential instruction aboard one of Penobscot Bay’s
legendary tall ships, the schooner MARY DAY. Launched in 1962 and
rebuilt during the winter of 1999/2000, the schooner is 90' on deck, 125’
sparred length, displaces 96 tons, and carries 5,200 sq ft of canvas with more
sails than any other windjammer on the bay. She is a big, pure sailing vessel,
designed and rigged along the lines of a traditional coasting schooner, but
built with comfort and safety in mind.
    During this unique, “hands-on,” team-oriented course, students will
have the opportunity to become integral members of the MARY DAY crew.
Topics covered will include general seamanship, coastal navigation, and
marlinespike seamanship. Students will be divided into teams to learn the
skills that every sailor needs aboard any vessel. The crew of MARY DAY
will expertly guide you in trimming and handling sails, steering, plotting a
course, stitching a ditty bag, and going aloft (optional) to stow the topsails.
On Friday, students will take command and utilize the skills they have been
learning during this unique week.
    The rhythm of shipboard life provides a unique environment to experi-
ence the sights, sounds, and smells of the Maine coastline. Most importantly,
Barry and Jane bring humor, joy, and a relaxed atmosphere to the sailing
experience. Join Barry, Jane, and the crew of the MARY DAY for a great
week under sail discovering the workings of a traditional sailing ship.

Tuition: $1,200                                                                    800–992–2218; There is space available for
Note: This is a six-day course that begins and ends in Camden Harbor,              friends of participants who would rather not take part in the hands-on
Maine. All reservations should be made through the schooner’s office at            sail training.

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                  The Pleasure of Sea Kayaking
Expert guidance for enjoying
paddling in all types of water.
   Perhaps nothing, absolutely nothing, conveys the
joy of being afloat quite so purely as a kayak. Thus,
WoodenBoat School offers you a variety of outstanding
opportunities in a world-class setting to learn and
enjoy the art of this popular water sport. In a series of
day trips, you’ll explore some of the most spectacular
parts of the Maine coast. From the basics to tips on
accomplishing more advanced sea kayaking skills, these courses and talented instructors will enable you to discover a new and
exciting environment that beckons just off saltwater and freshwater coastlines everywhere.

Choose from the following courses:

Elements of Coastal Kayaking                                                     Advanced Coastal Kayaking
Nick Schade — August 4–10                                                        Kevin Beckwith — July 7–13
    Selecting an appropriate kayak; safety skills; basic gear and equipment;         An all-inclusive review of various strokes and braces; maneuvering;
transporting kayaks; paddling strokes; launching and landing; nautical           techniques to handle wind, waves, and weather; rules of safety; Eskimo rolls
charts and navigation; capsize and recovery skills; and better understanding     and rescues; long-distance paddling; and more. The course is intended for
of weather and sea conditions are a sample of the many topics covered in this    those looking to gain skills, further their understanding of gear, and spend
fully comprehensive course. Good fun and a great education!                      more time on the water. If there is interest, an extended trip will be designed
Tuition: $825                                                                    including an overnight on one of the nearby islands. This is not an intro-
                                                                                 ductory course. Previous kayaking experience is required.
Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Students should be in
good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility, and the ability to   Tuition: $825
enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore.
                                                                                 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Students should be in
                                                                                 good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility, and the ability to
                                                                                 enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore.

          Note: Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts,
          and life jackets will be provided
                                                                                     “Kevin Beckwith was excellent! He is personable,
          by the School, but students are                                            very knowledgeable, and able to work well with each
          welcome and encouraged to bring                                            individual student. I learned a ton about kayaking and
          their own if desired.                                                      feel much more confident and better equipped for my
                                                                                     future kayaking adventures.”
                                                                                                                             D.J., Ooltewah, Tennessee
                      “This place is magic!”
                               K.L., Atlanta, Georgia

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                   How to Choose the Best Boatbuilding Course for You
    The key to deciding which class best suits your needs is to                 BUILDING THE AMESBURY DORY-SKIFF. If you are interested
carefully read each course description, which incorporates much                 in a certain type of construction, there is plenty to choose from.
information about the course’s content and level of experience.                 You’ll find various courses in the following construction methods:
We’ll also be glad to help you with any questions you may have after            plank-on-frame, plywood-epoxy, strip-plank, stitch-and-glue,
reading this catalog, and if need be we can put you in contact with             and much, much more. You’ll also find a wide variety of courses
our instructors. Choosing the right course means that you will be               in which a class or individuals will build canoes or kayaks. A fair
satisfied, appropriately challenged, and among others whose goals               number of students are interested in taking a series of courses, with
and abilities are similar to yours. Keep in mind that having some               a goal of becoming more proficient or even working toward a career
previous hand tool/woodworking experience will result in a much                 in boatbuilding.
richer experience for anyone interested in one of our boatbuilding                  We suggest considering the following sequence: LOFTING;
courses. For those lacking this experience, we highly recommend                 FUNDAMENTALS OF BOATBUILDING; BUILDING HALF
taking our INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING course or a                              MODELS; ELEMENTS OF BOAT DESIGN; then one or more
basic carpentry class in your hometown before signing up for one                courses that focus on a particular design or type of construction.
of our boatbuilding classes.                                                    Many of our shop courses are designed for beginning, intermediate,
    For those of you looking for a great introduction to traditional            or experienced woodworkers; a wise choice based on skill level can
wooden boat construction, we recommend: FUNDAMENTALS OF                         determine how much you may benefit from the course. Again, take
BOATBUILDING, INTRODUCTION TO BOATBUILDING, and                                 time to read each course description carefully.

Fundamentals of Boatbuilding and
Advanced Fundamentals of
The theory and practice of classical boatbuilding.

Fundamentals of Boatbuilding
Greg Rössel — June 2–15; June 30–July13
Pat Mahon — June 16–29
Warren Barker — July 21–August 3
Thad Danielson — August 4–17
Bob Fuller — August 18–31; September 15–28

Advanced Fundamentals of Boatbuilding
Taking it one step further.
Greg Rössel — September 1–14
    Fundamentals of Boatbuilding is the core curriculum of our boat-
building courses and one of our most popular offerings. This series deals
generally with the whole craft of boatbuilding, specifically with wooden
                                                                                lessons—tools, body plans, types of construction, planking methods,
boats, and most specifically with plank-on-frame small craft.
                                                                                steam-bending, lamination, woods, fastenings, and much, much more.
    We tend to build challenging boats in these classes—round-bilged,
                                                                                     ADVANCED FUNDAMENTALS is designed for experienced individu-
carvel, and lapstrake-planked types—because if you can build one of these,
                                                                                als looking for ways to continue their education and taking the “next step”
you can build almost anything. Ideally, each class will start one boat, work
                                                                                in working on more complex designs and projects. Daily lessons will include
at planking another, and finish a third. The emphasis is always more on
                                                                                scarfing, interior and exterior joinerwork, sparmaking, centerboard instal-
learning than on pushing through a project. Each session combines daily
                                                                                lation, and various other details. This course is a wonderful complement to
discussion periods with an abundance of practical work. You’ll start out
                                                                                any earlier boatbuilding exposure you may have sampled. Previous boat-
discussing boat plans and design, and how to develop a project plan.
                                                                                building/woodworking experience is required.
    Lofting will follow (see LOFTING, as follows, for a complete treat-
ment of this subject). From there, it will be a steady stream of boatbuilding   Tuition: $1,275 (two-week course)

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Making sense of all those lines and numbers.
Greg Rössel — June 23–29; August 25–31
    Without question, lofting is an essential skill for the boatbuilder. Once
you’ve mastered it, you can at least start to build any boat for which there
are plans. Moreover, you’re going to be able to interpret plans and better
comprehend the shape of the vessel, and what the building process will be.
Lofting takes time and concentration, and a good teacher really helps (see
WoodenBoat Nos. 110 and 111).
    In this week you’ll discuss the written material that Greg has developed,
build half models, and—in teams—loft several small craft. Tables of off-
sets, diagonals, buttock lines—all will be demystified and will become the
wonderful tools they are for understanding, discussing, and building boats.
    This course is meant to dovetail with the two-week FUNDAMENTALS
OF BOATBUILDING course which Greg will also teach.

Tuition: $825
Materials: $53
Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

                “Greg Rössel has the extraordinary ability to explain difficult concepts in various ways so all students
                understand. I wanted a technical understanding of boat geometry and design, along with a greater
                appreciation for subtle design differences. A great course on LOFTING.”
                                                                                                                 D.S., Bethesda, Maryland

Building Half Models                                                             also encourages folks to bring lines drawings of their own boat or favorite
The practice and pleasure of carving half models.                                    Besides creating one or two models of your own, you will learn a lot
Eric Dow — September 22–28                                                       about boat plans and gain a feeling for the long tradition of half-hull
                                                                                 modeling—and go home with the ability to build more on your own.
    There are few products of woodworking as exciting to behold as a well-
done half model. It reveals the character of the boat it represents at a scale   Tuition: $825
that can be admired at a glance and appreciated for a lifetime. Half models
                                                                                 Materials: $145
are a wonderful way to remember a boat of the past or dream about one
of the future.                                                                   Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.
    Half-hull modeling is both a practical way to enjoy woodworking with
limited time and tools, and a tangible way to grasp the intricacies of boat
plans. To carve and mount a half model yourself is to forever capture a
                                                                                     “I’ve taken six courses at your school, and BUILDING
design in three dimensions.                                                          HALF MODELS turned out to be one of the very best of
    In this week of hands-on participation, you’ll explore the tools, tech-          the bunch. Eric enabled me to learn new skills and gave
niques, and materials for half-model making from lines plans; the woods;             great advice helping me with my models.”
the glues; the tools; the paints and varnishes. Students will have access
to the extensive model plans collection at The WoodenBoat Store. Eric                                                           N.H., Woolwich, Maine

                    “Your FUNDAMENTALS OF BOATBUILDING course definitely exceeded my expectations. It was
                    challenging and focused yet fun at the same time. Being exposed to different craft increased the
                    richness of the course. Well done!”
                                                                                                                   K.R., Naples, Florida

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                                                                                       On Monday, you will discuss your initial ideas with Paul and learn how
Elements of Boat Design                                                            to begin a drawing on your own, using some basic drafting skills. Paul will
Learn the principles and process—then practice on your own design.                 spend the remainder of the week mixing theory and practical sessions with
Paul Gartside — August 11–17                                                       as much practical drawing time as possible. You’ll work toward a deepened
                                                                                   understanding of how a hull interacts with wind and water, and of the com-
    If you have ever wished you could design your own sailboat, powerboat,
                                                                                   promises that must be made in every design in order for the finished boat
rowboat, or canoe, then here’s a course for you. Boat builder and designer
                                                                                   to be best suited to its purpose. With only five days to work together, no
Paul Gartside will take you step-by-step through the principles of boat
                                                                                   one is going to come away with a complete set of plans under their arm, but
design, and efficiently lead you from an initial idea to a workable set of plans
                                                                                   depending on the group, it should be possible to get some projects pretty
with reasonable confidence in the outcome. If you come with your own con-
                                                                                   well fleshed out and the steps to completion clearly defined. If we can leave
cept to work through, so much the better; otherwise Paul will help students
                                                                                   each student with enough basic knowledge to design a good-looking boat
without a specific plan come up with some interesting ideas to work on.
                                                                                   that performs well, and a burning desire to go ahead and start on another,
    This is a paper-and-pencil course, working at the drawing board with
                                                                                   then we will consider this course a success.
the traditional tools of curves and battens. While most designers use com-
puters these days, Paul still draws all plans by hand and from a teaching          Tuition: $825
point of view feels this is the best approach. Theory will take place with
                                                                                   Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.
blackboard sessions and will be applicable regardless of your experience and
current practice.
    Students need not have any previous experience with boat design or
                                                                                        “Paul Gartside has a wonderful delivery of a complex
mathematics; just a keen interest in boats will do. Although there will be
some simple calculations, the main focus will be on understanding the con-              subject matter. Having an excellent approach to
cepts and principles that play a part in boat design and in developing an eye           teaching, he spent lots of one-on-one time with each
for aesthetics. In spite of modern technology, designing boats is still as much         student. An excellent course!”
an art as it is a science. The eye and judgment of the designer are still the
                                                                                                                       S.H., Laguna Beach, California
most important ingredients in any design.

Introduction to Boatbuilding
A one-week primer on building small boats.
John Karbott — June 2–8; June 30–July 6; August 18–24
    There are many individuals who would like to build their own boat but
don’t know how to get started. Many first-time builders have run into prob-
lems understanding the process of what to do first and, as a result, soon
get intimidated and the idea loses momentum. John Karbott, professional
boatbuilder and instructor, invites anyone interested in wooden boats and
woodworking to join him in any of these three six-day courses focusing on
the skills and techniques used in basic boatbuilding. No prior boatbuild-
ing experience is required, simply a desire to learn. If you want to build a
good-looking, simple sailing skiff, John can help you get started and guide
you through the step-by-step procedures to taking on and completing such
a project on your own.                                                             setting up a one-man shop, proper hand and power tool usage, and much
    Students will build two of John’s handsome 121⁄2' semi-dory skiffs com-        more. Whether you have a hankering for traditional skiff construction like
bining marine plywood, white oak, and Northern white cedar. The course             the 121⁄2' semi-dory skiff or are simply looking for a perfect introduction to
will start with understanding boat plans and lofting, and proceed through          wooden boat construction, you will thoroughly enjoy this week with John.
scarfing, framing, planking, and interior joinerwork.
    As the skiffs take shape through each week, John will lead discussions         Tuition: $875
in small-craft design, selecting a suitable design for the amateur builder,        Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

                  “I cannot think of an instructor better suited to teaching INTRODUCTION TO BOATBUILDING than
                  John Karbott. His experience building and repairing boats, along with his former occupation as a
                  fisherman, gives him a greater breadth of knowledge which he brought to this course. After this week
                  with John, I now have the sense I could build a boat myself.”
                                                                                                             R.W., Beverly, Massachusetts

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                                                                                                         versatility of various types of patterns and show you
Finishing Out Small Boats                                                                                how to make them, as well as how to use them.
Creating neat woodwork and joinerwork.                                                                       You’ll learn about making curved parts including
Geoff Kerr — July 14–20                                                                                  laminated outer stem and intricate interior fittings.
                                                                                                         Instructors will demonstrate methods for measur-
Bill Thomas — August 25–31                                                                               ing and layout in the hull to accurately position
    Here’s a week that promises to be a fulfilling                                                       interior parts and pieces. They will also explain how
and challenging one, with plenty of opportunity                                                          to accurately scribe and fit parts such as the breast-
to learn—with head and hands—how to build the                                                            hook, quarter knees, and bulkheads. And you’ll learn
intricate parts and finish out small open boats. The                                                     how to use epoxy and other glues and bedding com-
joinerwork of a small boat is particularly exacting                                                      pound; and to become familiar with woodworking in
because there is nowhere to hide slipshod work—                                                          three dimensions with no right angles in sight.
no burying rough joints under decks or in cabine-                                                            Working both at the bench and in the boat, you’ll
try. Boatbuilders Geoff Kerr and Bill Thomas will                                                        refine your skills with a wide array of boatbuilding
teach you how to make elegant parts and gorgeous,                                                        tools, from planes, spokeshaves, scrapers, and chisels
tight-fitting joints for a boat you’ll be proud to                                                       to the tablesaw and bandsaw.
varnish.                                                                                                     Throughout the week, Geoff and Bill will be
    The course is designed to be a follow-up to some                                                     showing you many tricks, tips, and jigs that make
of our traditional boat construction and plywood/                                                        each job easier and faster, as well as better looking,
epoxy hull building classes and very useful to anyone                                                    for joinerwork makes a boat beautiful and truly
completing a small boat. Many of the skills and tech-                                                    yours. Note: Previous woodworking experience is
niques you acquire can be transferred to big boats as                                                    a requirement for this course.
well. Your instructor will start the week describing
how to organize a project as complicated as finish-                                                      Tuition: $875
ing a boat. Students will learn how to work from boat                                                    Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday
plans and drawings. Your instructor will explain the                                                     afternoon.

Building the Amesbury Dory-Skiff
An exercise in traditional wooden boat construction.
Graham McKay — September 8–14
    During the Victorian period, Amesbury skiffs were a common sight at
resorts and as tenders for harbor use and clamming. They are a variation
of the dory and are built in much the same manner; communally they are
called “dory-skiffs.”
    Founded in 1793 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the
birthplace of the American fishing dory. Thousands of dories and skiffs were
manufactured at Lowell’s throughout the last two centuries. We invite you to
join professional boatbuilder Graham McKay in constructing a traditional 14'
Amesbury rowing skiff. As lead boatbuilder at Lowell’s, Graham has extensive
experience and insight into traditional dory and skiff construction methods.      be the winner of a beautiful, new rowing skiff. Previous boatbuilding/
    Graham will use John Gardner’s The Dory Book as a construction guide          woodworking experience will be beneficial in this course.
through the course. The skiff will be built from traditional methods with the
bottom and topsides planked in northern white pine and the frames, stem,          Tuition: $875
and other parts made of white oak. Laps will be secured with copper rivets,       Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.
and the frames will be joined at the chines with riveted stainless-steel clips.
    Using traditional Lowell’s building methods, lofting will be minimal,
using patterns lofted from plans and planking by eye. The skiff will be built         “I just wanted to tell you and your staff how much I
upright so that plank lines can be sighted and the rivets easily reached. By          enjoyed my course with Graham McKay. It was the best
week’s end, the hull should be completely planked and the inwales bent into
                                                                                      week of my life, and I learned so much from the course
place and fastened.
    Graham will cover building from plans, copper-riveting, caulking,                 it was unbelievable. WoodenBoat School is one of the
spiling, beveling and lap fitting, steam-bending, and other traditional skills.       coolest places I have ever been to!”
This will be a fast-moving, exciting class where everyone will be actively                                           A.D., East Haddam, Connecticut
involved. And if you’re lucky in the class lottery on Saturday, you could

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