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Advanced Fundamentals of Boatbuilding

The next steps in classical boatbuilding.

June 30 – July 13
Brooklin, Maine
Bruce McKenzie
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This is a two-week course ending Friday

Advanced Fundamentals is desigend for students who have some experience and are looking for ways to continue their education, taking the next steps with more in-depth and complex projects.  This year’s course will include setting up a building jig and backbone for a new boat long with more lofting, planking and fitting out of other current projects.

Fundamentals of Boatbuilding is the core curriculum of our boatbuilding courses and one of our most popular offerings. This series generally deals with the whole craft of boatbuilding, specifically with wooden boats, and most specifically with plank-on-frame small craft.

We tend to build challenging boats in these classes—round-bilged, carvel, and lapstrake-planked types—because if you can build one of these, you can build almost anything. Ideally, each class will start one boat, work at planking another, and finish a third. The emphasis is always more on learning than on pushing through a project. Each session combines daily discussion periods with an abundance of practical work. You’ll start out discussing boat plans and design, and how to develop a project plan.


  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for students with intermediate knowledge and skills. Confidence in using hand and power tools is required and previous experience is recommended.

    This course involves a moderate level of activity throughout the week including: standing and working sometimes throughout the day, some hand planing or sanding, working on group projects that require occasional participation

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