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Testimonials

First off, I want to thank you and your entire staff for what was an excellent week there. I am impressed with the warmth of the staff, the beautiful location, the school facilities, and even the mosquitoes that would accompany me on my walk to and from breakfast each day from the Farm House. My goals for the class included learning about the details of construction of the canoes and how to execute that construction, and to gain confidence in my own limited skills to be able to put them to use here in Oregon repairing/restoring the four canoes that I own. My goals were not only met, but exceeded.”

J.S., Philomath, Oregon

WoodenBoat School is an invaluable resource. I’m so grateful that such a community can be maintained. The friendships with like-minded people are a godsend. And to have access to such a beautiful oceanside campus in such an intimate way is a joy.”

T.M., Brooklyn, New York

The entire staff at WoodenBoat School is amazing, so professional, and friendly. We always feel welcomed and helped if we need it while here. All of this is very much appreciated.”

M.J., Brooklyn, New York

Thank you for another exceptional time of learning, camaraderie, and marvelous fun!”

T.B., Virginia Beach, Virginia

A week at WoodenBoat School is truly a fabulous experience!”

N.W., Charlestown, Rhode Island

Thank you for running such a useful and enjoyable school. I will definitely be returning!”

N.S., Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Thank you all for making my time here such a rewarding experience. I hope to return again sometime in the near future.”

R.S., Hialeah, Florida

The wonderful aspect of the WoodenBoat School community is the friendliness and caring of entire staff. They were always there to assist in any way possible.”

N.W., Glen Head, New York

Your staff is delightful. The students are earnest. The instruction is serious. The atmosphere is fun and the setting could not be more beautiful. Thanks!”

T.H., Falmouth, Maine

Thank you for carrying on so many very special traditions and being enthusiastic about it. That attitude, and your instructors, keep people coming back!”

L.D., Pittsboro, North Carolina

A week at WoodenBoat School is a week out of ordinary time. This was my second year attending a course and it was as magical as the first! Thank you.”

C.T., Brentwood, New Hampshire

This was a wonderful experience which exceeded my wildest dreams. My class and housemates’ collective knowledge and life experiences were a joy to share.”

P.B., Branford, Connecticut

We look forward to our WoodenBoat School stay every year. It is such a beautiful spot with very interesting people and excellent courses. Spot on for WoodenBoat School.”

K.D., South Ryegate, Vermont

The entire experience exceeded all my expectations. First-class! Thanks.”

M.H., Chestertown, Maryland

This was my first time to WoodenBoat School and I was thoroughly charmed by this place and all the students, instructors, and staff. I will definitely encourage others to come. Thanks for everything!”

E.G., Warwick, Bermuda

Your staff is very professional and courteous. I appreciated how they all worked together to make my stay so comfortable.”

B.K., Exeter, Rhode Island

It’s terrific to spend time among so many adults of mutual interest and to be trusted as competent, responsible, intelligent adults by your school and its staff. Had an exceptional time!”

J.L., Louisville, Kentucky

WoodenBoat School is a place like an old black and white photograph and worn on the edges. It is a picture of the past when the world seemed a safer and kinder place, when and where people looked after each other, and everyone had a craft. It makes one feel this way by the people on campus — the ones that welcome you and teach you something that matters. Thank you all for this life changing experience!”

G.P., Telluride, Colorado

My week at WoodenBoat School was a magical time. Everything was taken care of beautifully. The feeling of warmth and welcoming is pervasive throughout the school. My sailing instructors were delightful. I became more and more comfortable on the water as my course progressed. I knew nothing about wind, only to be fearful and respectful. But now I watch it, study it, and understand it. Thank you all so much.”

E.F., Lexington, Kentucky

Everyone on campus – students, staff, and instructors – was so accommodating and just lovely to be around. I enjoyed meeting so many interesting people from all over the world. Thank you for an awesome week!”

K.B., Alfred, New York

The experience exceeded all hopes and expectations. Your entire staff were kind, considerate, and very helpful. I wish I didn’t have to leave.”

B.P., Greenwich, Connecticut

As always, it was an awesome and fulfilling experience. Thanks for all you do to make this such a rewarding vacation!”

D.B., Briarcliff, New York

I hope this place and how it runs never changes. Thank you so much for an amazing experience!”

M.V.B., Hong Kong, China

Greg Rossel is truly an outstanding teacher. It was a privilege to have access to his experience, knowledge of boats, and insight. It was an extremely enjoyable 2 weeks.”

C.B., Consecon, Ontario, Canada

I had heard only great things about WoodenBoat School and all my experience here reinforced my expectations. I wanted to learn to sail smaller craft and feel comfortable single handing them. I definitely do now! A great time! Thanks.”

.T., Flagstaff, Arizona

Thanks for another great time and rewarding experience at WoodenBoat School!”

D. N., Clearwater, Florida

This was one of the best experiences of my life!”

T.B., Virginia Beach, Virginia

Overall, an incredible experience! A very well run operation that gives students a wonderful vacation and amazing learning experience all at the same time.”

C.P., Osgoode, Ontario, Canada

I loved the fact that we were all at WoodenBoat School for a specific course, but there was an informal, relaxed, very friendly atmosphere that is the foundation upon which the school functioned. So while each of us leave with a sense of accomplishment, you take with you the knowledge that your life has been enriched through this experience. Thank you so much.”

S.V.F., Yarmouth, Maine

Thank you for this great experience. I felt at home with everyone here, as well as learning a lot from your well-informed staff and instructors.”

R.F., Waterford, Vermont

As always, your entire staff were friendly, courteous, and professional – like family.”

J.S., Berwyn, Pennsylvania

This entire experience will go down as one of the best of my life! I will definitely be back!”

K.L., Indianapolis, Indiana

Great experience, wonderful people!”

S.K., Maumelle, Arkansas

For me the trip to WoodenBoat School and Brooklin was sort of a pilgrimage to this unique area for wooden boats. I will long enjoy all the memories I have of this place, the people, and the pervasive good spirit. Thank you!”

N.G., Lindfield, Australia

Thank you to everyone at WoodenBoat School. I had an incredible week!”

S.T., Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Thank you for a wonderful experience. I will be back. And thanks for keeping this wonderful craft alive.”

J.G., Dumfries, Virginia

My recent stay at WoodenBoat School was a great experience all around from the attitude and congeniality of the staff, to the accommodations, to the food, and to the courses offered. It is obvious that your whole operation is passion that is well loved and attended. You can tell in the way things are kept, food is presented, grounds are cared for, quality of the facilities for students who are camping, and the organization in the shops. Kudos to you for a well-managed operation.”

S.L., Gray, Maine

Thanks to everyone who helped organize these classes to ensure every single student has a positive experience. Your entire staff couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful. It would not have been the same without their hard work.”

S.L., Newton, Massachusetts

WoodenBoat School is like being handed a big gift box on Sunday evening. Once we untie the ribbons and lay back the tissue paper, all we have to do is enjoy everything the gift inside has to offer. It’s magical!”

C.S., Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

This was the best experience I’ve had in my entire life! Thank you.”

C.S., Augusta, Georgia

It was a real pleasure to work with your entire staff who were always available for assistance or advice. It was an interesting and exciting two weeks.”

J.B.M, Saint Muir, France

It is an amazing experience to be at your place. The first person that I met when I arrived said to me, ‘It’s not about getting the class project completed, it’s about spending time with quality people.’ I didn’t realize that, truly, until after I left as I reflected on my experience on the drive back home. WoodenBoat School is a great place with special people. One can make friends for a lifetime in just one short week. I am very grateful for the time spent there and for the entire experience. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

J.O., Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

I’d been trying to get to WoodenBoat School for 25 years and still my experience was better, richer, and just more enjoyable than I ever could have imagined. Thanks to you and your whole staff! .”

B.T., Salt Point, New York

This has been one of the most enjoyable times in memory. When you put together the level of creative minds and skilled hands in this beautiful Maine setting, it’s magical. I feel I have new friends in Brooklin and around the world thanks to WoodenBoat School. I’ll be back but it won’t be soon enough.”

B.C., Natick, Massachusetts

In a nutshell, everything about WoodenBoat School has been top shelf – the people, food, location, accommodations, my sail making course – everything has been better than I could have ever hoped for.”

R.O., Marshall, Michigan

My experience at WoodenBoat School has been exceptional. I wish I had the time and budget to take almost every course listed in your program. The school and its personnel are a true treasure.”

R.L., South Dennis, Massachusetts

Everything was wonderful. You have put a lot of thought into your program and you’ve definitely got it right! A very, very enjoyable week.”

C.N., Toronto, Canada

It was a truly phenomenal experience that, after only a week, instilled me with renewed enthusiasm for sailing, a boatload of memories, and many, many new friends. Thank you.”

D.A., Ashburnham, Massachusetts

You make a cohesive product out of disparate people who are way out of their element in a wholly welcoming, entirely comfortable, never condescending manner. And routinely blowing people’s minds. It is uncommon to see anyone do it as well as your team does. Very, very uncommon. Your passion is contagious. A class act in a class of its own. I’ll be back.”

B.D., Flagstaff, Arizona

Thank you for making my experience here so grand! I’ve met so many different and incredible people who all share a common goal of doing something they’ve always dreamed about. It has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

R.B., Enfield, Connecticut

Thank you very much for an amazing experience. This is truly a special place. I couldn’t have felt more comfortable or better fed. And above all, I feel confident that I can head home and start my first boat.”

J.B., Draper, Virginia

I do not believe any group or organization could be more coordinated, organized, and eager to serve their customers. Thank you for an excellent experience!”

H.B., St, Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The trust which was placed in us and our abilities to work in your shops and use your incredible waterfront was extraordinary…..in fact, very unique, in my experience. Thank you so much.”

B.Z., Florence, Massachusetts

It has been a most pleasant and educational two weeks. I look forward to coming again. Many thanks to your whole staff.”

C.D., Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you all for being so generous and understanding. WoodenBoat School is such an amazing experience and offers fantastic opportunities to so many people. I will return!”

S.W., Charleston, South Carolina

Thank you for your time and willingness to share your facility and knowledge with so many students. An outstanding program! I’m really looking forward to attending more courses in the future.”

T.T., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This experience has been as close to perfect as I could imagine. Just the right atmosphere—informal but business-like. Lots of time to meet and talk with other students and instructors. I don’t remember a conversation that wasn’t both fun and useful.”

D.R., Lexington, Kentucky

One word comes to mind for this entire experience—‘genuine’. Thanks for all your hard work, courtesy, and professionalism.”

M.S., Knoxville, Tennessee

To paraphrase a popular slogan, ‘If you’re lucky enough to be a student or guest of WoodenBoat School, you’re lucky enough!’ The world is quickly evolving and changing but WoodenBoat School continues to be a magical place. Hold on tight to what you have here.

C.S., Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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