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Building the 16’ Calendar Islands Yawl

A new approach to building a sail-and-oar camp-cruiser.

Tuition: $1,500 two-week class

Calendar Island Yawl

The Calendar Islands Yawl was born out of the waters around the rocky coast of Maine. The CIY is ideal for those wanting to camp-cruise, go day-sailing, and explore the coast or lakes in beautiful fashion and versatility. The boat is a great size for singlehanding but has the capacity and freeboard to take a small family out. The interior is open and inviting, and allows for side-bench seating in the cockpit and crew seating on the ’midship thwart. The yawl’s sailing performance is excellent with her strong bearing aft and powerful lug rig. Yet, when you drop the rig and row, she will glide and track nicely over long distances.

In this exciting two-week course, Clint will take the class through all facets of building this modern CNC-cut kit, from gluing-in interior components, to getting spars ready for final finishing, and hanging the rudder.

Students will experience a wide range of skills in two weeks. The first week will focus on building the hull, starting with preparing parts and constructing the strongback. The class will learn important aspects of making parts, pre-finishing, and setting up a building jig. Then planking commences with the fiberglass-sheathed bottom and garboard, after which students practice glued-lapstrake planking on the rest of the hull. Smaller projects will be happening each day as well: shaping the daggerboard and rudder, gluing up spars, and gluing scarfs for planks.

After turning the boat over at the start of the second week, the class will get busy building the interior, installing the remaining parts of the kit: tank tops and other seating, as well as inwales, cleating, and floor timbers. Meanwhile the daggerboard and rudder will be fiberglassed, and shaping will begin in earnest on the spars (including a bird’s-mouth mast). The week will end by stepping the masts, hanging the rudder and daggerboard. One lucky winner of the lottery will take the boat home for the cost of materials.

Your entire staff was extremely courteous, friendly, and showed utmost professionalism.”
A.H., Katonah, New York
Thank you for a great week. You have an amazing school and a high level of educational opportunities for so many people. It is much appreciated!”
H.D., Machiasport, Maine