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                  RATING 42 YEAR
              ELEB              S!

                                                               CANADA                    MAINE

            ear Friends,                                                            AUGUSTA
            Welcome to our 2022 course catalog and              VT                                       BROOKLIN
            WoodenBoat School’s 42nd anniversary.
This also marks my first year as Director here at the                                        PORTLAND
school. It’s an incredible honor and quite humbling                         NH
to step into such an amazing institution! I remain
committed to preserving the spirit of tradition in
craftsmanship, seamanship, and community that
has been fostered here for generations. It’s my great
pleasure to invite you to come and experience                                           BOSTON
everything WoodenBoat School has to offer.
     Nestled on the coast of Maine, our beautiful
64-acre “saltwater” campus is the perfect
environment for those interested in boatbuilding,
repair, design, woodworking, metalworking,
sailing, kayaking, and so much more. Whatever
your abilities, our “hands-on” courses will help you
develop your skills and confidence, in the shop and
on the water. We’ll provide you with a friendly and
talented staff, outstanding faculty, delicious, fresh      “The WoodenBoatSchool community is magical; the
food, and quiet, comfortable accommodations.
                                                           location is stunning; the classes are educational and
It’s just a great place to take a break from your
busy life schedule and experience a one-of-a-kind
                                                           gratifying – it’s a little slice of paradise. Thank you
camaraderie with like-minded folks.                        and the staff for who you are and what you do.”
     We encourage you to visit our website at                                                 L.M., Mystic, Connecticut for detailed
information on course descriptions, tuition,
accommodations, and costs, how to register, and lots                                               Cover photo: Michael Kahn©
more. You can also call us at 207–359–4651 or email
us at and we’ll be glad to
answer all your questions.                              Sailing.................................................................4
     We look forward to hearing from you,
                                                        Boatbuilding and Woodworking....................10
                                                        Related Crafts...................................................26
                                                        Alumni Work Weeks.........................................32
                                     Eric Stockinger
                                            Director    2021 Off-Site Courses......................................33
                                                        Registration Information................................34

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      MAY                                 JUNE                                                                                                        JULY
15–21/22–28 29–4                      5–11 12–18 19–25                                                 26–2                    3–9                10–16 17–23
 ALUMNI                Fundamentals of                           Fundamentals of                              Fundamentals of                             Fundamentals of
WORK WEEK                Boatbuilding                              Boatbuilding                                 Boatbuilding                                Boatbuilding
 MAY 15-21                with Greg Rössel                           with Bob Fuller                             with Greg Rössel                         with Bruce Mackenzie
  page 32                     page 10                                   page 10                                      page 10                                     page 10

WORK WEEK         Making              Build Your         Building the                                                          Build
 MAY 22-28                                                                         Building the Whitewater                                          Glued Plywood Lapstrake
  page 32
               Friends With          Own Stitch-          Amesbury                         Doryak                            Your Own                     Construction
               Your Marine            and-Glue            Dory Skiff                       with Brad Dimock                  Sassafras                        with Geoff Kerr
               Diesel Engine            Kayak           with Graham McKay                       page 17                       Canoe                              page 16
                with Jon Bardo       with Eric Schade         page 14                                                         with George
                   page 27               page 20                                                                               Krewson
                                                         Concepts of            Bent-Wood             Build Your
                                                                                                                               page 21
                                                                                                                                                     Build                Runabout
               Introduction         Boatbuilder’s        Stitch-and-            Box Making           Own Classic                                   Your Own               Repair &
                    to               Hand Tools          Glue Design                                                        Essentials
                                                                                with Bill Jordan       Wooden                of Fine               Annapolis             Restoration
               Boatbuilding        with Jim Macdonald    with Sam Devlin            page 29          Ship’s Wheel                                   Wherry              with Gary Lowell
               with John Karbott         page 19             page 12                                                       Woodworking                                      page 18
                                                                                                      with Bob Fuller                             with John Harris
                    page 13                                                                                                    with Mark
                                                                                   Lofting               page 24                                      page 21
                                                          The Art of           with Greg Rössel
                                                                                                                                page 23
                                                          Marquetry                page 11            Pond Yacht                                 Woodcarving                 to
                                                        with Jim Macdonald
                                                              page 28                                 Restoration            The Maine           with Reed Hayden       Boatbuilding
                                                                                Elements of           with John Stoudt        Coast in                page 22           with John Karbott
                                                                                   Sailing                page 25
                                                                                                                             Watercolor                                      page 13
                                                        Blacksmithing          with Annie Nixon                                                      Rigging
                                                             for                    page 4            Elements of
                                                                                                                            with Su Johnson
                                                                                                                                                 with Pete Marshall      Elements of
                                                                                                                                page 31
                                                        Boatbuilders                                     Sailing                                      page 27               Sailing
                                                         with Doug Wilson
                                                                                                     with Annie Nixon &     Elements of                                 with Sue LaVoie &
                                                             page 26
                                                                                                         Anna Yoors
                                                                                                                             Sailing for          Elements of             Hank Mosley
                                                                                                           page 4
                                                                                                                              Women                Sailing II                 page 4
                                                          Coastwise                                                                              with Sue LaVoie &
                                                          Navigation                                 Seamanship
                                                                                                                           with Jane Ahlfeld &
                                                                                                                                                  Tracy Eberhart        Craft of Sail
                                                        with Arista Holden                                                    Robin Lincoln
                                                                                                         the                     page 4
                                                                                                                                                       page 4          on PRUDENCE
                                                              page 5
                                                                                                    Apprenticeshop                                                     with Hans Vierthaler
                                                                                                         Way                 Open Boat            Craft of Sail              page 7
                                                                                                     with Andy Nadolny        Cruising             on MISTY
                                                                                                           page 7                                with Queene Foster
                                                                                                                             with Geoff Kerr
                                                                                                                                                       page 7
                                                                                                                                 page 6
                                                                                                       of Coastal
                                                                                                       with Rebecca
                                                                                                          page 9

             2022 Schedule at a Glance
             n Sailing               n Kayaking                      n Rowing
             n Boatbuilding and Woodworking
             n Related Crafts

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             for more information                                                                                  Off-Site Courses page 33
                                                  AUGUST                                                                                 SEPTEMBER
24–30                   31–6                  7–13 14–20 21–27                                                    28–3                  4–10 11–17 18–24
         Fundamentals of                      Building the             Advanced Fundamentals                              Fundamentals of                          Fundamentals of
           Boatbuilding                      Shinano River                 of Boatbuilding                                  Boatbuilding                             Boatbuilding
           with Warren Barker                     Boat                          with Pat Mahon                             with Thad Danielson                         with Bob Fuller
                page 10                         with Douglas                        page 10                                      page 10                                  page 10
                                                  page 13

     Wooden Boat Repair &                        Marine               Stitch-                       Building the 16'                    Build Your         Introduction             Making
     Restoration Methods                       Painting &            and-Glue                    Calendar Islands Yawl                 Own Stitch-           to Cold-            Friends with
      with Walt Ansel & Matt Morello           Varnishing           Boatbuilding                      with Clint Chase                  and-Glue              Molded             Your Marine
                 page 18                      with Gary Lowell
                                                                    with John Harris                      page 17                         Kayak            Construction          Diesel Engine
                                                                        page 15                                                        with Eric Schade    with Mike Moros        with Jon Bardo
                                                  page 32
                                                                                                                                           page 20             page 15               page 27

    Build               Fine Strip-            Oarmaking           Introduction           Traditional             Build Your
  Your Own             Planked Boat          with West Howland          to               Plywood Boat             Own Plank            Introduction          The Art of          Building Half
 Northeaster           Construction               page 24          Woodworking           Construction            Constructed                to               Woodcuts              Models
    Dory                with Nick Schade
                                                                    with Bill Thomas
                                                                                          with Bill Thomas       Pond Yacht            Boatbuilding         with Gene Shaw      with Rueben Brown
                                                                        page 23                                                        with John Karbott        page 28               page 11
with Dillon Majoros          page 14             Bronze                                       page 16           with Bruce Richter
                                                                                                                                            page 13
     page 20                                   Casting for                                                           page 25
                        Introduction          Boatbuilders          Elements of           Elements of                                                       Marine and
Introduction               to Boat           with Michael Saari     Boat Design              Sailing              Small Boat              Coastal           Seascape
      to                  Modeling                page 26          with Paul Gartside
                                                                                          with Jane Ahlfeld        Joinery                Maine:           Photography
Woodworking               with Al Ross
                                                                        page 12
                                                                                               page 4            with Greg Bauer
                                                                                                                                         Plein-Air         with Michael Kahn

 for Women                 page 22               Lofting                                                             page 19            Watercolor              page 30
                                               with Pat Mahon       Elements of           Craft of Sail                                 with Amy Hosa
with Libby Schrum
     page 23             Marine                    page 11             Sailing           on PRUDENCE              Coastwise
                                                                                                                                           page 31         Introduction
                                                                   with Martin Gardner
                                                                                          for Women               Navigation                                to Canvas
  The Maine             with Tyler Fields     Elements of             & Rich Naple
                                                                                         with Arista Holden      with Jane Ahlfeld
                                                                                                                                        Sailing the            Work
                                                                         page 4
   Coast in                 page 30            Sailing II                                      page 7                 page 5           WoodenBoat          with Ann Brayton

   Pastels                                   with Martin Gardner                                                                       School Fleet            page 29
                                                 & David Bill           The                                                            with WoodenBoat
 with Beth Varkala      Elements of                                  Traditional            Coastal                Coastal
                                                   page 4                                                                                    Staff
      page 31              Sailing                                  Sailor’s Tool           Cruising               Cruising                 page 5
                       with Jane Ahlfeld &
                                                                         Kit              Seamanship             Seamanship
 Elements of            Gretchen Snyder       Craft of Sail                                on ELSKOV              on ELSKOV
                             page 4            on MISTY               with Michael
 Sailing II for                                                        Erkkinen          with Hans Vierthaler   with Hans Vierthaler
                                             with Queene Foster
   Women                                           page 7
                                                                         page 8                page 8                 page 8
with Jane Ahlfeld &         The
 Gretchen Snyder         Traditional
      page 4            Sailor’s Tool
 The Catboat              with Michael
with Martin Gardner        Erkkinen
      page 6                 page 8

 with Nick Schade
      page 9

                              Registration begins January 3, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. EST
                            Starting in 2022, ALL registrations will be ONLINE ONLY

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

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
Annie Nixon — June 19–25                                                            fun this week!
Annie Nixon & Anna Yoors — June 26–July 2                                                There will be daily classroom lessons about charts and navigation, safety
Jane Ahlfeld & Robin Lincoln — July 3–9 (Women Only)                                equipment and weather conditions, knot tying and heavy-weather strategy.
Sue LaVoie & Hank Mosley — July 17–23                                               Our instructors focus their entire summer on our fleet and waterfront
Jane Ahlfeld & Gretchen Snyder — July 31–August 6                                   facility; their “sea sense” is highly tuned, and experiencing that may be the
Martin Gardner & Rich Naple — August 14–20                                          biggest lesson of all.
Jane Ahlfeld — August 21–27                                                              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
                                                                                    competently and confidently. Solo sailing will be encouraged, and a variety
Sue LaVoie & Tracy Eberhart — July 10–16                                            of more challenging tactical/navigational exercises will be presented. If
Jane Ahlfeld & Gretchen Snyder — J uly 24–30 (Women Only)                          you’re a confident and seasoned graduate of ELEMENTS I, this is the perfect
David Bill & Martin Gardner — August 7–13                                           second step in your mastery of sailing. Essentially, this course is about sailing,
    Since early in WoodenBoat School’s history, we’ve had the great                 sailing, and more sailing!
pleasure and satisfaction of introducing thousands of students to the joys
of sailing. Our ELEMENTS courses continue to be among our most popular
                                                                                    Tuition: $850
offerings, 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
experienced 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 in          Becoming a sailor takes time (more than one Sailing course, we can
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              or dock, and returning her safely, using crew to help. Improving your
underway, 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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Coastwise Navigation                                                                                          You’ll go boating a lot in this course, putting your
                                                                                                          lessons into practice and getting skillful with the
Knowing where you are on the water.                                                                       tools. You’ll use traditional and reliable instruments
Arista Holden — June 12–18                                                                                like the compass and leadline, and you’ll get your
Jane Ahlfeld — August 28–September 3                                                                      hands on electronic devices like depthsounders and
    Except in the smallest bodies of water, the sailor is                                                     The beauty of this course is that it provides the
helpless if he or she lacks the age-old skills of piloting                                                ideal blend of the theory and practice of coastal
and dead reckoning. The goal of this course is to give                                                    navigation. By week’s end, you should be able to
students a really thorough understanding of, and                                                          enjoy the niceties of piloting and relax more with
facility with, coastwise navigation—approaching it                                                        your boat on the water.
both “academically” and on the water.
    You’ll start with charts, the fundamental tool of                                                     Tuition: $850
the navigator. Modern charts present an incredible
amount of information, and to really utilize it all—to
continuously visualize the connection between the
chart and your 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.                                              “Your COASTWISE NAVIGATION course was just
    You’ll examine compasses—types, azimuths, lubber lines, the confusions                  what I hoped for and needed. I wanted experience
of deviation and variation. Parallel rules and dividers will become your
friends as you learn the techniques of plotting courses, LOPs, and fixes. You’ll
                                                                                            with charts and navigation tools rather than
move on to more advanced procedures such as running fixes, compensation                     electronics. Arista Holden is a great instructor.
for set and drift, bow and beam bearings, circles of position, and the six-                 Very knowledgeable and explains things clearly.”
minute rule.
                                                                                                                      B.R., Henniker, New Hampshire

Sailing the WoodenBoat School Fleet
with WoodenBoat Staff     NEW
A chance to sail and row all our classic boats.
Waterfront Staff — September 4–10
    Have you enjoyed taking one of our ELEMENTS OF SAILING classes
onboard our fleet of Herreshoff and Haven 12½s, or perhaps on one of the
many CRAFT OF SAIL cruising boats, but you’ve looked out at our anchorage
and wondered: What about that one, when do I get to sail that boat?
    This fun-filled week might very well include every boat in the
WoodenBoat School fleet, from the Joel White–designed 7' 7" Nutshell Pram
to our 29' Friendship sloop BELFORD GRAY. Each day will begin with a
quick “chalk talk” in the Boathouse classroom with refresher discussions
on such topics as onboard safety, weather, and local-knowledge navigation.
This will be followed by short discussions on the varied boat designs that             For those less-than-ideal sailing days (or mornings), we have a few
are represented on our waterfront, focusing on how to rig and sail them—           surprises in store that might include:
and then finally, a morning sail or row in the anchorage to try out those              • Guest lecturers from WoodenBoat magazine staff
boats. The afternoon may have students sailing out of the anchorage and                • A harbor tour of Center Harbor to look at the big boats up close
exploring our neighboring islands or staying near the docks, swapping out              • A tour of the WoodenBoat Publications offices
into different boats throughout the afternoon. On one of the nicer days we             In all, this promises to be a great week, and a once-in-a-lifetime
might even head out in some of our beachable watercraft and have a picnic          opportunity to sail a wide variety of unique wooden boats in the company
on one of the islands.                                                             of folks who are truly passionate about them.
    The Waterfront Staff will be your hosts for the week, with daily visits
from different WoodenBoat School and WoodenBoat Publications staff                 Tuition: $850
members who will talk about their favorite boats in the fleet and join us on       Note: This is not an introductory sailing class. Basic sailing competency
the water for the day’s activities.                                                on small boats is required.

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Open-Boat Cruising                                                                                                      Each day will start with a planning session
                                                                                                                   for that day’s adventure, choosing a destination
The skills for adventuring.                                                                                        and routes to maximize adventure and your
Geoff Kerr — July 3–9                                                                                              opportunities to stretch your experience.
                                                                                                                   You’ll land frequently, with a major stop
    Beach cruising is an exciting step beyond
                                                                                                                   midday for lunch, island exploration, and
daysailing. Maybe you’d like to cruise the
                                                                                                                   the chance to try to keep your boat where
Maine Island Trail, or do some extended
                                                                                                                   it belongs. These island sessions will also
cruising. With simple skills, basic equipment,
                                                                                                                   allow for demonstrations and discussions of
and modest boats, one can spend an overnight
                                                                                                                   provisioning, camping gear and strategies, and
or an extended expedition voyaging in
                                                                                                                   access to and stewardship of beach cruising
reasonable comfort, relative safety, and
                                                                                                                   grounds. Afternoon return passages will be
engaging adventure. Doing so in a trailerable,
                                                                                                                   by different routes, taking full advantage of
beachable boat opens up dazzling parts of
                                                                                                                   the wonders of Penobscot Bay and the ever-
the world to exploration and enjoyment. This
                                                                                                                   changing conditions. Students will return to
course is designed to introduce you to beach
                                                                                                                   campus in time for dinner and to recharge for
cruising with hands-on experience using
                                                                                                                   the next day. All you’ll need to bring with you
time-tested boats, gear, and techniques.
                                                                                                                   are your enthusiasm for small-boat sailing,
    This course will be based onboard NED
                                                                                                                   your sense of adventure, and your foulweather
LUDD and SWIFTY, two of Iain Oughtred’s
                                                                                                                   gear (just in case). A list of personal gear and
versatile Caledonia Yawls. Instructor Geoff
                                                                                                                   clothing will be provided upon registration.
Kerr will share his knowledge gleaned from
many years of sailing and camp-cruising with                                                                       Tuition: $850
NED in Penobscot Bay and beyond. You will
                                                                                                                    Note: You should come to the course with at
learn and practice a wide variety of real-world
                                                                                  least intermediate sailing skills. We’d also like you to realize that while this is
cruising skills and tactics. Days will be filled with trip planning, keeping an   not a survival course, it will be an active one. We’ll be planning and making
eye toward weather, tides, and currents; practical navigation using a chart       daily passages, rowing and sailing as it happens, come sun, rain, fog, or
and compass; rowing, sailing, reefing, and beyond; anchoring, beaching, and       calm. We’ll be in and out of boats repeatedly, with wet feet and no docks. It
getting ashore; communications; and safety.                                       might be hot, it might be cold, it might be wet…it will be fun.

The Catboat                                                                                                             Catboats lend themselves to relaxed
                                                                                                                   sailing, and we’ll make a point of soaking up
The pleasures of a distinct American                                                                               the beauties of the Eggemoggin Reach and
sailing craft.                                                                                                     other local waters as we cruise under plenty
Martin Gardner — July 24–30                                                                                        of canvas. Prior sailing experience required
                                                                                                                   for this course.
    Catboats have been around forever and
are as much a part of America’s history as the                                                                     Tuition: $850
Model T Ford or the Wright Brothers’ first
flight. These shallow-draft, broad-beamed,
centerboard boats with a single mast right                                                                           “Martin Gardner is the real deal.
up in the bow have played an important role
among American working and pleasure craft.
                                                                                                                     Very knowledgeable way beyond
    This course combines practical skills                                                                            just catboats and sailing. And
with some fun, relaxed voyaging. We’ll use                                                                           more important, he is a wonderful
catboats large and small. We’ll rig them, sail                                                                       teacher. I wanted sailing experience
them, reef them, and moor them. We’ll learn
                                                                                                                     on a variety of catboats and expert
how to let them take care of themselves, to
self-steer, and heave-to. We’ll pick exciting                                                                        tips and insights into differences
destinations for day trips, sail to them,                                                                            and similarities with other types
anchor, and explore local waters and islands.                                                                        of sailing boats and got it! A most
We’ll cover all the basics of seamanship with                                                                        enjoyable week!
particular emphasis on navigation, using
tools ranging from the lead line to the iPad.                                                                                          B.F., Solomons, Maryland

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Craft of Sail                                                CRAFT OF SAIL is for folks who have some experience in sailing but who want to improve
                                                         their skills on the water, particularly in the context of a cruising-sized vessel. Subjects include sail
Learn and enjoy big-boat sailing with a master.          theory, hull and rig balance, helmsmanship, piloting in clear weather and fog, approaching and
Onboard the 39' Yawl MISTY                               leaving floats and moorings, knots and rigging, man-overboard strategy, handling ground tackle,
Queene Foster — July 10–16; August 7–13                  crew management; and, with those of our vessels that have power plants, maneuvering under
                                                         power, and the rudiments of auxiliary engines and navigation instruments.
Onboard the 36' Ketch PRUDENCE                               The seaman aspires to the mastery of many subjects, but the essence of the craft of sail is sea
Hans Vierthaler — July 17–23                             sense: the ability to tune in to a boat, the weather, and the crew, and apply good judgment so
Arista Holden — August 21–27 (Women Only)                that all work together harmoniously. Our instructors understand this, and they will help you to
                                                                                                      acquire that sense by sharing their own experiences and
                                    MISTY                                        PRUDENCE             by encouraging you to think and feel a boat through
                                                                                                      various real and “what if ” situations. With a maximum
                                                                                                      of five students, there is plenty of opportunity to ask
                                                                                                      questions and try tricks at the helm.
                                                                                                          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 instruction
                                                                                                      by such experienced sailors on such lovely yachts.

                                                                                                     Tuition: $950

                                                                                                      “Queene Foster is superlative! And a week
                                                                                                      sailing on MISTY—what could be better?”
                                                                                                                        S.B., Providence, Rhode Island

Seamanship the Apprenticeshop Way                                             NEW
Traditional sailing in a large open boat
                                                                                                                 students will be introduced to traditional
Andy Nadolny — June 26–July 2
                                                                                                                 sailing rigs, basic vocabulary, the theory
     Celebrating its 50th year in 2022, and                                                                      of sailing, piloting basics, and seamanship
first featured on the cover of WoodenBoat                                                                        skills including anchoring, docking, tides,
No. 4 in 1975, The Apprenticeshop is a                                                                           currents, and preparing for weather. With
school for traditional wooden boat building                                                                      these skills as a foundation, there may be
and seamanship in Rockland, Maine, with a                                                                        an opportunity to plan a voyage. Learning
mission to inspire personal growth through                                                                       will take place on an Apprenticeshop-built
craftsmanship, community, and traditions of                                                                      traditionally rigged 28' open boat, both
the sea. Three of The Apprenticeshop’s core                                                                      seaworthy and weather-capable, that The
values that will anchor the methodology for                                                                      Apprenticeshop regularly uses for weeklong
this course are: Human Potential, Learning                                                                       expeditions in Penobscot Bay. The emphasis
by Doing, and Collective Experience. The                                                                         here is on teamwork, discovery of one’s own
Apprenticeshop believes that all people are                                                                      capabilities, and having fun!
capable of sailing, whether as an important                                                                           This is an introductory course open to
member of the crew, or at the helm. Students will learn through immersive      students of all skill levels. Please note this is an open boat and you will be
hands-on experience and experimentation. With a knowledgeable instructor       exposed to a variety of weather conditions.
creating a low-pressure and supportive environment, students are given
permission to be amateurs and try new things. Over the course of the week      Tuition: $850

                                    “Thanks to all for a great time and experience. I will return for sure.”
                                                                                              B.E., Atlanta, Georgia

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SAILING                                                                                       visit
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The Traditional Sailor’s Tool Kit                                  NEW                As much as possible, we’ll practice skills in fun and engaging ways. One
Honing the skills to sail traditional gaff-rigged boats.                         favorite technique is to “pick up” (really just touch) lobster buoys under sail,
                                                                                 as fishermen would have done 100+ years ago.
Mike Erkkinen — July 31–August 6 (Intermediate Sailors);                             There will be a series of short videos sent to all participants well in
                 August 14–20 (Experienced Sailors)                              advance of each course, to learn basic skills such as rope handling, coiling,
     This course takes place aboard the schooner ELLEN C. WELLS, the             etc. Learning as many basic skills as possible prior to meeting in person will
Friendship sloop BELFORD GRAY, and potentially any boats in the                  maximize sailing time.
WoodenBoat School fleet that will further the goals of the participants in            Because of the salty nature of this course, and the unpredictable weather
this class.                                                                      of coastal Maine, we’ll use “sailing-challenged” weather to dive into practical
     Traditional gaff-rigged boats have a magic all their own, and unlocking     marlinespike techniques that you’ll need to rig and maintain a gaffer:
this magic takes a decidedly different approach than sailing either modern       splicing, whipping, sewing, sail repair, knots, crafting deck rugs, ratlines…
rigged boats or small centerboard craft. Mike Erkkinen, instructor of this       so please bring the basic rigging tools noted in your course packet.
course and captain of ELLEN C. WELLS, has been sailing traditional boats
shorthanded or singlehanded for the past 30 years, and has had to uncover        Tuition: $950
many tricks and shortcuts to handle these vessels in challenging conditions.     Note: This is not an introductory sailing class.
The benefit of unlocking the capabilities
of these boats is to experience a sense of
                                                                                        ELLEN C. WELLS
confidence and independence that allows
one to take on cruising and day-sailing with                                                                       “Mike Erkkinen was excellent.
elegance, and enjoy the details of a beautiful                                                                     Very approachable, super
coastline such as we have in Maine.                                                                                knowledgeable, experienced,
     These two one-week courses will be                                                                            patient, and pushed all of us
slightly different from one another. The
                                                                                                                   to set high goals for learning. I
first week is best for an intermediate sailor,
and will cover all of the basics of sailing a                                                                      never expected to learn so much.
traditional gaffer, on shore, at the mooring,                                                                      I thought I knew a thing or two
and on the water. The second week is meant                                                                         about sailing but the course on
for experienced sailors with at least a season                                                                     ELLEN C. WELLS made me value
or two of large boat experience, and will focus
more on the specific goals of the participants
                                                                                                                   how much more I need to know!”
and less on basics.                                                                                                            R.R., Williamsburg, Virginia

                                                                                 cruise, including skippering,
Coastal Cruising Seamanship                                                      navigating, and cooking.
A week’s cruising on the coast of Maine aboard a classic.                        There’s time, too, to savor the
On board the 46' sloop ELSKOV                                                    pleasures that cruising is all
Hans Vierthaler — August 21–27                                                  about—feeling a well-found
                   August 28–September 3                                         vessel moving through a
                                                                                 seaway, experiencing the
    Over the years we’ve learned that the best way to discover the pleasures     peace and freedom of life at
and develop the skills of cruising under sail is to sail off in the right boat   sea, and slipping into quiet
with the right skipper. This season we are again proud to offer an exciting      anchorages each night. There
liveaboard course onboard a beautiful classic vessel.                            might even be opportunities
    ELSKOV is a beautiful example of a bluewater sailing vessel, and a           to row ashore and explore
great boat on which to learn about sailing. She’s designed to provide the        some of the beautiful islands
maximum of comfort and seaworthiness and can accommodate students in             that are part of Maine’s
a safe, spacious manner.                                                         gorgeous coast.
    Our instructor holds a 100-Ton USCG license and has spent most                   This is a rare opportunity
of his life as a member of the wooden boat community. Hans Vierthaler            to learn anything and everything you wish to about the complex subject of
has spent over 25 years sailing the coast of Maine and running a charter         big-boat cruising, and we’re very pleased to have the chance to offer it to
business. Hans will create a custom-tailored course in which you will be         you. Sign up for a truly great adventure under sail! Previous big boat sailing
patiently coached toward the next level in your sailing career—whether it        experience is a prerequisite for this course.
be skippering a vessel on your own, or crewing with increased confidence,
competence, and enjoyment. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of the        Tuition: $1,600

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Elements of Coastal Kayaking
Expert guidance for enjoying paddling in all types of water.
Rebecca Daugherty — June 26–July 2
    Selecting an appropriate kayak; safety skills; basic gear and equipment;
transporting kayaks; paddling strokes; launching and landing; nautical charts and
navigation; capsize and recovery skills; and better understanding of weather and
sea conditions are a sample of the many topics covered in this fully comprehensive
course. Good fun and a great education!
    Note: Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, and life jackets will be provided by the
School, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own if desired.

Tuition: $850
Note: 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.

Advanced Coastal Kayaking                                      NEW
Nick Schade — July 24–30
    This week will provide students with an all-inclusive review of various strokes
and braces; maneuvering; techniques to handle current, wind, waves, tide and
weather; rules of safety; navigation; solo and assisted rescues; long-distance
paddling; and more. The course is intended for paddlers looking to expand their
sea kayaking horizons, further their understanding of gear, and spend more time
on the water. Nick will bring a selection of his high-performance kayak designs
to paddle and learn from, but students are encouraged to bring their own kayaks.
    Note: Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, and life jackets will be provided by the
School, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own if desired.

Tuition: $850
Note: This is not an introductory course. Previous kayaking experience is required.
Students should be in good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility,
and be able to enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore.

        “I wanted to paddle different kayaks to evaluate a
        future purchase and your ELEMENTS OF COASTAL                                  Nick Schade deserves an A+. His style of
        KAYAKING course allowed me to do so. Nick is a                                instruction is a unique blend of ‘socratic’ method
        great instructor who brings kayak design and                                  melded with confidence. He allows the students
        construction experience and combines these with                               to try different techniques to learn what works
        paddling and navigation. A fantastic course!”                                 and more importantly, what doesn’t. It was a treat
                                                   G.D., Heath, Texas                 having so many different kayaks to try out.”
                                                                                                                B.R., Tolland, Connecticut

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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 SHINANO RIVER BOAT, and BUILDING THE
carefully read each course description, which incorporates much                AMESBURY DORY SKIFF. If you are interested in a certain type
information about the course’s content and level of experience.                of construction, there is plenty to choose from. You’ll find various
We’ll also be glad to help you with any questions you may have after           courses in the following construction methods: plank-on-frame,
reading this catalog, and if need be we can put you in contact with            plywood-epoxy, strip-plank, stitch-and-glue, and much, much
our instructors. Choosing the right course means that you will be              more. You’ll also find a wide variety of courses in which a class or
satisfied, appropriately challenged, and among others whose goals              individuals will build canoes or kayaks. A fair number of students
and abilities are similar to yours. Keep in mind that having some              are interested in taking a series of courses, with a goal of becoming
previous hand tool/woodworking experience will result in a much                more proficient or even working toward a career 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                           determine how much you may benefit from the course. Again, take
OF BOATBUILDING, INTRODUCTION TO BOATBUILDING,                                 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 — May 29–June 11; June 26–July 9
Bob Fuller — June 12–25; September 11–24
Warren Barker — July 24–August 6
Bruce Mackenzie — July 10–23
Thad Danielson — August 28–September 10

Advanced Fundamentals of Boatbuilding                                          lessons—tools, body plans, types of construction, planking methods, steam-
                                                                               bending, lamination, woods, fastenings, and much, much more.
Taking it one step further.                                                        ADVANCED FUNDAMENTALS is designed for experienced individ­
Pat Mahon — August 14–27                                                       uals looking for ways to continue their education and taking the “next
                                                                               step” in working on more complex designs and projects. Daily lessons will
    Fundamentals of Boatbuilding is the core curriculum of our boatbuilding
                                                                               include scarfing, interior and exterior joinerwork, sparmaking, centerboard
courses and one of our most popular offerings. This series deals generally
                                                                               installation, and various other details. This course is a wonderful
with the whole craft of boatbuilding, specifically with wooden boats, and
                                                                               complement to any earlier boatbuilding exposure you may have sampled.
most specifically with plank-on-frame small craft.
                                                                               Previous boatbuilding/woodworking experience is required.
    We tend to build challenging boats in these classes—round-bilged,
carvel, and lapstrake-planked types—because if you can build one of these,     Tuition: $1,500 (two-week course)
you can build almost anything. Ideally, each class will start one boat, work
at planking another, and finish a third. The emphasis is always more on
learning than on pushing through a project. Each session combines daily               “Your FUNDAMENTALS OF BOATBUILDING course
discussion periods with an abundance of practical work. You’ll start out
discussing boat plans and design, and how to develop a project plan.
                                                                                      with Bob Fuller was wonderful! It was a fantastic
    Lofting will follow (see LOFTING, as follows, for a complete treatment            two weeks and I’ll definitely be back next year.”
of this subject). From there, it will be a steady stream of boatbuilding                                          H.L., Waxhaw, North Carolina

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Making sense of all those lines and numbers.
Greg Rössel — June 19–25
Pat Mahon — August 7–13
    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).
    While Greg and Pat have unique teaching styles, and their courses will
come at lofting from different perspectives, everyone should plan on getting
a heavy dose of hands-on lofting and plenty of in-depth discussions from
these experienced instructors. Over the course of the week, tables of offsets,
diagonals, and buttock lines will all be demystified and become for you the      “Greg Rossel is a national treasure. Many people are
wonderful tools they are for understanding, discussing, and building boats.      brilliant; many people are great communicators; a
    This course is meant to dovetail with the two-week FUNDAMENTALS              few are funny. Greg combined them all to great effect.
OF BOATBUILDING course which Greg and Pat also teach.                            In addition, he has the patience of Job in answering
Tuition: $850                                                                    questions. The course on LOFTING was exceptional.”
Materials: $53                                                                                                  S.V., Underhill, Vermont

Building Half Models
The practice and pleasure of carving half models.
Rueben Brown — September 18–24
    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
that can be admired at a glance and appreciated for a lifetime. Half models
are a wonderful way to remember a boat of the past or dream about one of
the future.
    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
design in three dimensions.
    In this week of hands-on participation, you’ll explore the tools,
techniques, and materials for half-model making from lines plans; the
woods; the glues; the tools; the paints and varnishes. Students will have
access to the extensive model plans collection at The WoodenBoat Store.
Reuben also encourages folks to bring lines drawings of their own boat or              The course exceeded my most important
favorite designs.                                                                      expectation, that being my finished
    Besides creating one or two models of your own, you will learn a                   model was much better than I ever dared
lot about boat plans and gain a feeling for the long tradition of half-hull            hope. Thanks for a great week!”
modeling—and go home with the ability to build more on your own.
                                                                                                    A.K., Jamestown, Rhode Island
Tuition: $850
Materials: $145

             “The overall atmosphere of civility, collegiality, and just plain happiness at WoodenBoat School is enough to
             keep me coming back, even if I never build another boat (but I bet I will). Thank you for elevating my spirits.”
                                                                                               S.P., Manchester, New Hampshire

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Elements of Boat Design                                                          the most important ingredients in any design.
                                                                                     On Monday, you will discuss your initial ideas with Paul and learn how
Learn the principles and process—then practice on your own design.               to begin a drawing on your own, using some basic drafting skills. Paul will
Paul Gartside — August 14–20                                                     spend the remainder of the week mixing theory and practical sessions with
                                                                                                         as much practical drawing time as possible. You’ll
    If you have ever wished you could design your
                                                                                                         work toward a deepened understanding of how
own sailboat, powerboat, rowboat, or canoe, then
                                                                                                         a hull interacts with wind and water, and of the
here’s a course for you. Boat builder and designer
                                                                                                         compromises that must be made in every design
Paul Gartside will take you step-by-step through
                                                                                                         in order for the finished boat to be best suited to
the principles of boat design, and efficiently lead
                                                                                                         its purpose. With only five days to work together,
you from an initial idea to a workable set of plans
                                                                                                         no one is going to come away with a complete set
with reasonable confidence in the outcome. If you
                                                                                                         of plans under their arm, but depending on the
come with your own concept to work through,
                                                                                                         group, it should be possible to get some projects
so much the better; otherwise Paul will help
                                                                                                         pretty well fleshed out and the steps to completion
students without a specific plan come up with some
                                                                                                         clearly defined. If we can leave each student with
interesting ideas to work on.
                                                                                                         enough basic knowledge to design a good-looking
    This is a paper-and-pencil course, working at the
                                                                                                         boat that performs well, and a burning desire to go
drawing board with the traditional tools of curves
                                                                                                         ahead and start on another, then we will consider
and battens. While most designers use computers
                                                                                                         this course a success.
these days, Paul still draws all plans by hand and
from a teaching point of view feels this is the best                                                       Tuition: $850
approach. Theory will take place with 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 is superb. Unbelievably knowledgeable,
mathematics; just a keen interest in boats will do. Although there will be          patient, and very approachable. His course on ELEMENTS
some simple calculations, the main focus will be on understanding the
concepts and principles that play a part in boat design and in developing an
                                                                                    OF BOAT DESIGN was exactly what I was looking for.
eye for aesthetics. In spite of modern technology, designing boats is still as      Intense but very, very enlightening and enjoyable.”
much an art as it is a science. The eye and judgment of the designer are still                                                   D.S., Bethesda, Maryland

Concepts of Stitch-and-Glue Design                                               cover the gamut of stitch-and-glue construction for both small and large
Using models to learn modern plywood boatbuilding                                boat designs, using various demonstrations and discussions. Students will
techniques suitable for small and large boats.                     NEW           have the opportunity to build a scale model of one of Sam’s larger boat
                                                                                 designs. This will enable him to demonstrate the process of building a larger
Sam Devlin — June 12–18                                                          stitch-and-glue boat without the expense, logistics, and time of doing a full-
     Any number of construction methods will produce a beautiful boat. But       sized boat. The class will also build several sample joints that will be tested
for many builders with mixed levels of experience and tight budgets, the         to failure, and talk about the results.
choice is not so complicated. Traditional plank-on-frame and cold-molded              Throughout the course Sam will cover plenty of theory, and he’ll offer
construction require complex lofting and building molds, to say nothing          the wisdom of a wooden boat builder who has been in business for 44
of expensive tooling and lots of labor time. Stitch-and-glue construction,       years and has built more than 400 boats from 8' to 65' long with the stitch-
on the other hand, can produce the same results with a substantial savings       and-glue method. This will be a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of
in time and money. The process is quicker,                                                                    the skills, innovations, and business savvy that
easier, uses fewer parts, and produces a boat                                                                 are necessary for survival in the real world as a
that is much simpler to maintain—without the                                                                  boatbuilder (see WoodenBoat No. 91). The intent
construction molds, and with only the simplest                                                                is that, under Sam’s guidance, you will pick up the
lofting and tools required. Coupled with modern                                                               skills, methods, and techniques that can make
CNC (computer numerically controlled) routers,                                                                your projects more successful, whether they are
simple hull and bulkhead kits are now available                                                               backyard or professional boatshop endeavors.
for hundreds of designs, opening up the library                                                               This week should be a wonderful consortium of
of possible hull types, shapes, and utilities                                                                 construction techniques and dialogue to broaden
to virtually any builder, whether full-time                                                                   your mastery of stitch-and-glue construction.
professional or hobbyist.
                                                                                                             Tuition: $850
     This course will provide a solid mixture of
hands-on learning and design theory. Sam will                                                                Materials: TBD

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Introduction to Boatbuilding
A one-week primer on building small boats.
John Karbott — May 29–June 4; July 17–23;
                September 4–10
    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
problems 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 boatbuilding
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.                                                             Tuition: $900
    Students will build two skiffs combining marine plywood, white oak,          Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.
and Northern white cedar. The course will start with understanding boat
plans and lofting, and proceed through scarfing, framing, planking, and
interior joinerwork.
                                                                                       “John Karbott was excellent. He took the time to
    As the skiffs take shape through each week, John will lead discussions             make sure everyone’s questions were answered to
in small-craft design, selecting a suitable design for the amateur builder,            their complete understanding. John has a practical
setting up a one-man shop, proper hand and power tool usage, and much                  working knowledge of the craft and shares it in an
more. Whether you have a hankering for traditional skiff construction or are
                                                                                       easy to understand manner. I absolutely enjoyed the
simply looking for a perfect introduction to wooden boat construction, you
will thoroughly enjoy this week with John.                                             INTRODUCTION TO BOATBUILDING course.”
                                                                                                                           G.S., Altamont, New York

Building the Shinano River Boat NEW                                                  The boat design is from the Shinano River, Niigata, and is a hard-chined,
                                                                                 canoe-like craft used in the lagoons and estuaries of the river mouth. They
A workshop in traditional Japanese boatbuilding methods.                         are locally called itaawase (“plank built”) or honryousen (“standard fishing
Douglas Brooks — August 7–13                                                     boat”). The finished boat will be suitable for paddling by one or two people.
                                                                                 The design can also be adapted for an outboard motor. If time permits,
    In this one-week workshop, students will work together to build one
                                                                                 students will work on making paddles and/or half models. All the necessary
boat, based on a traditional 21' Japanese river boat design. The course will
                                                                                 materials and Japanese tools will be provided, but if students own hand
provide a thorough introduction to traditional Japanese boatbuilding,
                                                                                 tools they may bring a selection to class. The instructor will also discuss
introducing students to unique techniques such as fitting planks with
                                                                                 the tenets of Japanese apprenticeship. No prior woodworking experience
handsaws, and edge-fastening planks using both nails and wooden dovetail
                                                                                 is necessary.
keys. Other topics include design, sharpening with waterstones, and the
adjustment and tuning of Japanese wooden planes.                                 Tuition: $850

                                                                                                                “Being there was a great
                                                                                                                experience. Thanks for the
                                                                                                                opportunity to attend. Your
                                                                                                                facility is first class and your
                                                                                                                entire staff seem to understand
                                                                                                                your mission and do their part
                                                                                                                to fulfill that mission.”
                                                                                                                      H.M., Newport News, Virginia

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Building the Amesbury Dory Skiff NE                                                   Using traditional Lowell’s building methods, lofting will be minimal,
                                                                                  using patterns lofted from plans and planking by eye. The skiff will be built
An exercise in traditional wooden boat construction.                              upright so that plank lines can be sighted and the rivets easily reached.
Graham McKay – June 12–18                                                                                    By week’s end, the hull should be completely
                                                                                                             planked and the inwales bent into place and
    During the Victorian period, Amesbury skiffs
were a common sight at resorts and as tenders for
                                                                                                                 Graham will cover building from plans,
harbor use and clamming. They are a variation of
                                                                                                             copper-riveting, caulking, spiling, beveling and
the dory and are built in much the same manner;
                                                                                                             lap fitting, steam-bending, and other traditional
communally they are called “dory-skiffs.”
                                                                                                             skills. This will be a fast-moving, exciting class
    Founded in 1792 in Lowell, Msassachusetts,
                                                                                                             where everyone will be actively involved. And if
Lowell’s Boat Shop is the birthplace of the
                                                                                                             you’re lucky in the class lottery on Saturday, you
American fishing dory. Thousands of dories and
                                                                                                             could be the winner of a beautiful, new rowing
skiffs were manufactured at Lowell’s throughout
                                                                                                             skiff. Previous boatbuilding/woodworking
the last two centuries. We invite you to join
                                                                                                             experience will be beneficial in this course.
professional boatbuilder Graham McKay in
constructing a traditional 14’ Amesbury rowing                                                                Tuition: $900
skiff. As lead boatbuilder at Lowell’s, Graham has
                                                                                                              Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday
extensive experience and insight into traditional
dory and skiff construction methods.
    Graham will use John Gardner’s The Dory
Book as a construction guide through the course. The skiff will be built from          “The highest praise to Graham McKay. He’s
traditional methods with the bottom and topsides planked in northern                   knowledgeable, patient, and personable. Graham made
white pine and the frames, stem, and other parts made of white oak. Laps
                                                                                       a group of amateurs into a good team of boatbuilders.
will be secured with copper rivets, and the frames will be joined at the chines
with riveted stainless-steel clips.                                                    I would return to take any course he taught.”
                                                                                                                                   F.W., Billings, Montana

Fine Strip-Planked Boat                                                                                   exploring lakes or heading out to sea. The Guide Boat
                                                                                                          is Nick’s own design based on the H. Dwight Grant
Construction                                                                                              guideboat VIRGINIA documented by John Gardner
A guide to building small boats with wood                                                                 in 1963. Nick’s interpretation incorporates the older
                                                                                                          recurved stem pattern into a boat that rows easily
strips and epoxy.
                                                                                                          and can carry a good load. You’ll be using standard
Nick Schade — July 31–August 6                                                                            strip-planking methods that do not include ribs, so
    If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and                                                       the interior will be clean and smooth.
beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood                                                           Students will gain experience in a wide variety
with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable,                                                        of techniques involved in this modern boat­building
low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade                                                         process. We will be putting emphasis on the “fine”
has been building strip-built boats for over 30                                                           aspect of the class title, striving to create a beautiful
years. He has written two of the standard texts on                                                        boat with matched strips and careful craftsmanship.
the subject, Building Strip-Planked Boats and The                                                             Throughout the week, Nick will take time to
Strip-Built Sea Kayak, and his efforts have guided                                                        discuss the many variations on the strip-building
thousands of people through building their own                                                            process that students can use in their own
boats using the popular strip-planked method.                                                             boatbuilding projects. After a week of fun work,
    In this six-day course, students will explore                                                         we’ll step back to admire two stunning boats that
this method of construction while building two                                                            will be raffled off to two lucky students.
very different boat designs created by Nick—an
                                                                                                          Tuition: $900
Adirondack Guide Boat and the microBootlegger
Sport sea kayak. The microBootlegger Sport is a                                                           Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday
15'5" x 23" sea kayak with beautiful lines suitable for                                                   afternoon.

                 “I have seen strip-plank construction in videos but learning it up close with my own hands was very cool.
                 I was impressed with Nick Schade. Not only is he a great boatbuilder but he’s also an excellent teacher.”
                                                                                                                    G.B., San Antonio, Texas

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Stitch-and-Glue                                                                                          40,000 stitch-and-glue boat kits and built hundreds
                                                                                                         of boats in classes and in his own shop. In this
Boatbuilding                                                                                             class, we’ll build a modern reproduction of a
Learn introductory and advanced modern                                                                   traditional Maine peapod. Outwardly traditional
                                                                                                         in appearance, this 13'6" rowing/sailing boat offers
plywood boatbuilding techniques suitable for
                                                                                                         many opportunities to focus on the finer points
simple or heavy-duty boats.                                                                              of stitch-and-glue—for example, perfectly hand-
John Harris — August 14–20                                                                               drawn fillets that look like they were molded
                                                                                                         in place, fast and clean fiberglass sheathing and
    The “stitch-and-glue” method is the easiest
                                                                                                         reinforcement, and the use of advanced materials
way to build a boat, as tens of thousands of
                                                                                                         like peel-ply. There will be plenty of boat carpentry
amateur boatbuilders will testify. The approach,
                                                                                                         along the way, including spars, a rudder, and a
which emphasizes the use of epoxy adhesives and
                                                                                                         centerboard trunk.
strategic fiberglass reinforcement combined with
                                                                                                             Whether you’re building your first boat, or
marine plywood, is ideal for first-timers. Yet like so
                                                                                                         looking to learn the advanced tricks that the
many things, it’s easy to do but hard to do well. This
                                                                                                         professionals use to get “showboat” finishes, this
class is about how to do it well.
                                                                                                         one-week class will advance your abilities to work
    Stitch-and-glue techniques date back to the
                                                                                                         with wood, epoxy, and fiberglass. The boat we build
advent of modern adhesives in the 1960s. The
                                                                                                         together will be raffled off at the end of the week to
process dispenses with lofting, elaborate molds,
                                                                                                         one lucky student!
and much of the complex joinery of traditional
wooden boat building. Instead, computer-cut                                                              Tuition: $850
plywood parts are “stitched” together with loops of
wire, then glued with epoxy to create a rigid and seaworthy hull.
    While this stitch-together approach is friendly to amateurs, in recent             “John Harris was outstanding. He thinks well on his
decades professionals have seized on the method as a way to create beautiful,
                                                                                       feet. I admire both his advance preparation for the
free-form hull shapes with amazing strength and light weight. When pros
build stitch-and-glue boats, they deploy sophisticated techniques that result          course and his flexibility. A great week learning all the
in optimized structures and glittering finishes.                                       ins and outs of STITCH-AND-GLUE BOATBUILDING.”
    As the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft, John C. Harris has shipped                                                    M.M., Indianapolis, Indiana

Introduction to                                                                                        lead this course, one that has been requested time
                                                                                                       and time again by a large number of alumni and
Cold-Molded Construction                                                                               interested public.
Everything from approaching the project to                                                                 We have chosen Joel White’s 12'6" Catspaw
techniques and materials.                                                                              dinghy for oar and sail design as the main class
                                                                                                       project, which should provide students with a close
Mike Moros — September 11–17                                                                           look at much of what you need to know in building
    For years cold-molded wood construction has                                                        laminated wooden boats. Daily discussions will cover
been used successfully in building small sailing                                                       material choice, handling, tooling, costs and time,
dinghies, competitive rowing shells, cruising                                                          and application techniques. Topics that will receive
sailboats, rugged multihulls, and swift powerboats.                                                    individual attention include epoxy resins, health and
The technique involves laminating together layers                                                      safety, fastening systems, spiling, planking, vacuum-
of wood veneers or very thin planks to create a hull                                                   bagging, trimming, and fiberglassing.
that is watertight, extremely strong, and lightweight.                                                     Mike promises that this will be an energetic
Blend these noteworthy features together with a                                                        week with plenty to do, so come prepared to roll
relative ease of boatbuilding, and you have a method                                                   up your sleeves and put in six full days. For anyone
of construction that is a very popular choice among professional and            contemplating the cold-molded approach for their own boat or, perhaps, to
amateur builders alike.                                                         add to their boatbuilding business services, this course will be invaluable.
    The object of this course will be to see and learn firsthand exactly how
the professionals take on a cold-molded project and how smaller builders        Tuition: $900
can incorporate professional systems into their own styles. Mike Moros will     Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

                                  “Everything about your program is first-class!”            J.C., High Springs, Florida

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