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Runabout Repair and Restoration

Making them beautiful again—keelson to varnish.

Tuition: $900

Note: This is a six-day course ending Sturday afternoon.

The design and manufacture of wooden runabouts earlier in this century was one of the high points in the history of American boatbuilding. These boats are still lovely and exciting, and very much appreciated today. Fortunately, many of them still exist, though quite often they sit forlorn in boatyards or barns, awaiting the loving hand of a restorer.

Repairing a runabout

So WoodenBoat School is happy to present this course for aspiring runabout rebuilders. Gary Lowell knows restoration as a busy professional in his North Carolina boat shop.

Runabout photo

In this course students will examine obvious deficiencies and more subtle problems. Gary will explain each detail of the restoration process and develop a work schedule. Students will learn about materials and sources of supplies, and woodworking and finishing techniques, both traditional and innovative. There will also be opportunities to try your hand at various phases of repair and replacement of hull parts and joinery work, renovation of electrical and mechanical systems, and preparation for and application of paint and varnish.

Gary has designed this course to help the restorer become self-sufficient and resourceful, able to complete an existing project or to find and fix a needy craft, and ultimately to enjoy the satisfaction and value of bringing one of these beauties back to life.

Gary Lowell was an excellent instructor, and all the other students in the class helped make it a very worthwhile and enjoyable week.”
A.K., New York, 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