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Fine Strip-Planked Boat Construction

A guide to building small boats with wood strips and epoxy.

Tuition: $900

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

Adirondack Guide Boat

If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable, low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 30 years. He has written two of the standard texts on the subject, Building Strip-Planked Boats and The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, and his efforts have guided thousands of people through building their own boats using the popular strip-planked method.

Sport sea kayak

Building guide boat in the shop

In this six-day course, students will explore this method of construction while building two very different boat designs created by Nick - an Adirondack Guide Boat and the microBootlegger Sport sea kayak. The microBootlegger Sport is a 15′5″ x 23″ sea kayak with beautiful lines suitable for exploring lakes or heading out to sea. The Guide Boat is Nick’s own design based on the H. Dwight Grant guideboat VIRGINIA documented by John Gardner in 1963. Nick’s interpretation incorporates the older recurved stem pattern into a boat that rows easily and can carry a good load. You’ll be using standard strip-planking methods that do not include ribs, so the interior will be clean and smooth.

Students will gain experience in a wide variety of techniques involved in this modern boatbuilding process. We will be putting emphasis on the “fine” aspect of the class title, striving to create a beautiful boat with matched strips and careful craftsmanship.

Throughout the week, Nick will take time to discuss the many variations on the strip-building process that students can use in their own boatbuilding projects. After a week of fun work, we’ll step back to admire two stunning boats that will raffled off to two lucky students.

Nick Schade was outstanding. I learned the specific strip-plank boatbuilding technique but also many tricks and improvements to basic building and finishing. It was an amazing week!”
F.M., Norfolk, Virginia
Nick Schade is a master craftsman and he did a nice job of passing along that knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the strip-plank construction process from him and the canoe and kayak we built were beautiful.”
B.R., New York, New York
Your FINE WOODSTRIP BOAT CONSTRUCTION course was just what I was hoping for. I wanted to see the entire process before building my own boat at home. Nick Schade was very informative and a great instructor.”
P.H., Pasadena, Maryland