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Build Your Own Annapolis Wherry

Experience the ultimate in a recreational, open-water pulling boat.

June 16 – June 22
Brooklin, Maine
$925 (partner $450)
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John Staub
Experience Level
Activity Level

This is a six-day course ending on Saturday

Annapolis Wherry: $2047
Annapolis Wherry Tandem: $2205 (partner strongly recommended for Tandem)

Other Sessions: April 15-20 (Annapolis, MD) & September 1-7 (Brooklin, ME)

Note: Please only register the initial builder and then reach out to the School offices to register any partners that will be joining you.

In this high energy course, each student will build an Annapolis Wherry from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The Wherry is designed after the graceful 19th century livery boats used on the River Thames. She is, however, lighter and slimmer, combining breathtaking grace with thoroughbred performance under oars. Solid stability, sea-kindly lines, a buoyant bow, and ample flare make the Wherry a natural choice for rowing in choppy water. It is designed around a sliding seat and, in the hands of an experienced oarsman, cruising speeds easily reach 5 to 7 knots. The Annapolis Wherry may be unsurpassed as a rowing trainer, exercise boat, long-distance cruiser, or open-water racer.

The boat is made of 6mm okoume plywood with 9mm okoume plywood frames, thwarts and flotation tanks. Outwales, breasthook and quarter knees are solid mahogany. The Annapolis Wherry is built using the LapStitch™ construction technique. Traditional lapstrake boatbuilding employs molds over which planks are nailed or riveted together. By using precision-rabbeted, computer-cut plank shapes and frames which double as molds, a CLC Lapstitch™ kit boat is wired together just like a stitch-and-glue kayak. When glued with small epoxy fillets, the planks create a stiff and strong hull that will last for fifty years.

The pre-cut hull planks are scarfed together, and then connected to the frames and each other with copper wire stitches, then fixed in place with epoxy fillets. Next come thwarts, knees, wales, and air tanks. Fiberglass cloth on the bottom, inside and out, provides abrasion resistance. The instructor will also discuss the proper way to sand and paint or varnish your boat, and will explain sliding seat installation.

At the end of an absorbing week, students will have learned about stitch-and-glue basics, including epoxy work, fiberglassing, and laminating. Building a LapStitch™ boat is easy, but assembling an 18′ boat in a week means a tight schedule, and you’ll be spending plenty of time in our shop. It will be an exciting week with an outstanding boatbuilder to guide you through your project!

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience. The course
    is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very
    little about the subject. Students should pay more attention to suggested
    readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a high level of activity throughout the week Including:
    sustained sanding or hand planing, standing and working most of the day,
    working on group projects that require participation.

  • What else should I know about this course?

    You will be building a boat that needs to leave with you at the end of the class.  Please come prepared to cartop or trailer the boat home.

    This course involves a lot of gluing and sanding.  Old work clothes, including shoes, are highly recommended.

    You may need to work a few evenings to finish your boat by the end of the week.

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