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Boatbuilding Off-Site

Build Your Own Skerry Daysailer

A beautiful lapstrake double-ender for oar or sail.

September 16 – September 21
Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Maryland
$925 (partner $450)
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Andrew Schroeher
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This is a six-day course ending Saturday

Rowing Version: $2030
Sailing Version (Sprit): $3689
Sailing Version (Lug): $3724
Sailing Version (Sloop): $4148

Other Sessions: July 14-20 (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.

The Skerry is that rare boat that combines excellent rowing and sailing qualities into one attractive craft. This is the perfect boat in which to mount an expedition in protected waters, cruising from beach to beach and camping on shore. Sail when there’s wind, row when there’s not – you’ll cover a lot of miles either way. The hull is stable and buoyant, whether you are running in choppy seas or lifting over motorboat wakes. The skilled oarsman will savor the Skerry’s smooth glide and rough-water handling. Capacity is three adults.

Each person will assemble their own Skerry from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The hull utilizes CLC’s patented LapStitch™ construction method, in which stitch-and-glue techniques are used to create lapstrake hulls of traditional appearance. First, the Skerry’s seven hull planks are glued to length using scarf joints. The planks are wired together to create the hull shape, then bulkheads are inserted before the planks are neatly “welded” together with epoxy. The students reinforce the hull with fiberglass cloth and mahogany rails, then add the daggerboard trunk and seats. (The sailing rig is optional, but the class will proceed under the assumption that the boat will be used for both rowing and sailing.) As with all our courses in which students build their own boat, this will be a busy week. By noon on Saturday, you will have an assembled hull, ready for sanding and painting.


  • 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.

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