Welcome to our 2024 course offerings and WoodenBoat school’s 44th year!

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of WoodenBoat magazine. There is no better way to be a part of our year-long celebration than joining us at the school in Brookin Maine this summer. With almost one hundred courses to choose from, I promise there is something for everyone.

Whether you have been interested in sailing or building wooden boats for decades, or you just found out there is a magazine solely devoted to wooden boats last week, our school offers a wide selection of courses for beginners to more skilled builder’s and sailors alike. Perhaps you are intimidated by the idea of steam bending wood or sailing traditionally rigged boats? Not to worry, our instructors are not only the best at what they do, they are also great teachers! A lot of first-time students tell me their week at WoodenBoat school was a life-changing event. It is not uncommon for our alumni to come back year after year. Whether this is your first or your twenty-first time at the school, the feeling you will get from being on campus and the experience you will share with other students while you are here will stay with you for the rest of your life. It is my great pleasure to invite you to come be a part of everything the 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, 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 will provide you with a friendly and talented staff, outstanding faculty, delicious, fresh food, and quiet, comfortable accommodations. It is just a great place to take a break from your busy life schedule and experience a one-of-a-kind camaraderie with like-minded folks.

We encourage you to visit our website www.thewoodenboatschool.com for detailed information on course descriptions, tuition, accommodations, costs, how to register, plus lots more. You can also call us at 207–359–4651 or email us at school@woodenboat.com and we will be glad to answer all your questions.
We look forward to hearing from you soon,
Eric Stockinger


Mission Statement

WoodenBoat School was started in 1981 as an extension of WoodenBoat magazine. It’s stated purposes are:

  1. to provide access to experience for wooden boat enthusiasts in construction, maintenance, repair, design, seamanship and other related crafts;
  2. to establish a meeting ground for the finest and most knowledgeable boating professionals to share their skills, techniques, and appreciation of the traditions of craftsmanship in wooden boats;
  3. to give added dimension to the editorial content of WoodenBoat and Professional Boatbuilder magazines.
  • Faculty & Staff

    Our staff members generally hail from all over the country and from many walks of life. Many of them are seasoned veterans of the joys and travails of boats, boating, and boatbuilding, while others are warm, friendly faces doing their very best to make your stay with us a pleasant, comfortable one. From the School Director to our energetic kitchen, waterfront, shop, and office staff, each member possesses a strong commitment to a first-class program and the creation of a positive, safe environment for students and visitors alike. Above all, they enjoy sharing this “little piece of paradise” with all who stop by.

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  • Our Facilities

    Brooklin offers everyone who arrives an unbelievably rich environment for learning and relaxing. Located in a breathtakingly beautiful region of the Maine coast (a five-hour drive north of Boston, MA), our 60-acre “saltwater campus” encourages both faculty and students to feel at home and happily immerse themselves in a world of boatbuilding, woodworking, metalworking, boating and a lot more.

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  • Our Fleet

    You might not see all of our boats yet, as we are still working on this part of the website.

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