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Family Week — July 11–17, 2021

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More and more families these days want to add a learning component to their vacations. We are excited to offer this special opportunity for you to share a unique experience with your children and/or grandchildren. All the courses are fun, educational, and great family projects. And your family will have memories for a lifetime. Contact us for details.

FAMILY WEEK courses are designed for families with school-aged children between 10 and 15. Adults and children must participate in the same course.

Note: Room and Board is half price for children this week.

Choose among the following:

Wood Duck Kayaks.

Build Your Own Wood Duck Kayak
with Eric Schade

Bring your tools and work clothes, and build your very own 10′ or 12′ Wood Duck recreational kayak, a very cool boat suitable for novice paddlers and fun for those with more experience. Starting with computer-cut marine plywood parts, your kayak will be glued together using epoxy, and sheathed with fiberglass for strength. Bring your enthusiasm and your desire to try something new and exciting!

Tuition: $875 (partner $425)


  • 10′: $1,350
  • 12′: $1,386

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

The Bevins Skiff

with John Harris

The Jimmy Skiff II is a stable, lightweight 13’ utility dinghy that rows beautifully, sails fast on all points, and handles great with a small outboard (2-3 hp is plenty). It’s a great family boat for days on the water fishing or gunkholing and weighs only 120 lbs. The Chesapeake Light Craft computer-cut kit makes it a perfect project for first-time builders.

Tuition: $875 (partner $425)


  • Rowing version: $1,825
  • Sailing version: $3,218

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

Compass skiff.

Build Your Own 10′ Compass Skiff
with Clint Chase

The Compass Skiff is a beautiful and stable 10′ outboard skiff that is a delight to enjoy out on the water. Designed by boatbuilder/instructor Clint Chase, the skiff is easily built from a kit consisting of marine plywood and solid wood parts, a construction manual, and a full set of plans. A great Family Boatbuilding project!

Tuition: $875 (partner $425)

Materials: $2,505

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


Learn to Sail
Annie Nixon & David Bill

Introduce your family to a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives! Under the calm and knowing guidance of Jane and Annie, students will quickly learn that sailing is safe, fun, and builds self-reliance, encourages respect for the environment, and offers numerous rewards that come from being challenged out on the water. Your classroom for the week will be our safe and exciting fleet of Nutshell prams, Shellback dinghies, and Haven 12½s. This will be an awesome five days on the water!

Tuition: $825