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Brooklin, situated right on the coast, is located in Hancock County in Maine’s Down East/Acadia region. It is a 3.5 hour drive north of Portland; an hour and a half north of Camden, and approximately 45 minutes southwest of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Bangor International Airport is about an hour and a half drive from WoodenBoat School. Portland also has a major airport servicing many major airlines.

No. We provide a shuttle service to and from the Bangor International Airport and the two bus depots also located in Bangor. Call the school office for details. A number of students arrive by car each week for classes so there are plenty of ways to get around if one needs a vehicle. Everything at WoodenBoat is within a half hour walk or 5 minute bike ride from the main dorm and dining room. Check this map for a look at our campus.

Sure. There’s plenty to do in the area for those not participating in our boatbuilding and seamanship program. Hiking, touring around the local communities, whale watching trips, shopping for antiques and local crafts, using the WoodenBoat Research Library, bicycling, visiting museums and art galleries, sea kayaking, Acadia National Park, exploring nearby islands, painting, and just plain relaxing with a good book are all available to our guests.

Students arrive on Sunday and can move into their rooms any time after 2:00 p.m. Later that day, everyone will congregate at the Mtn. Ash Student House for light refreshments and socializing beginning around 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, the School Director will introduce staff and faculty and then present a short orientation covering information and guidelines to help everyone become familiar with the campus. Following this, students will head off to their classrooms and meet briefly with their instructors to discuss the week that lies ahead.

If you course ends Friday evening, you are welcome to join everyone for the weekly Friday Night Lobster Bake on our waterfront and stay overnight in your room. Check-out would be 9:00 Saturday morning.

If you course ends Saturday afternoon, students can remain in their rooms that night. Check-out would be 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

Students taking two-week courses (or longer) keep their room assignments for their entire stay with us.

Upon request, we can easily furnish a list of local houses, cottages, and apartments to rent. These work well for families or folks looking for an alternative to our accommodations. Note: Our various meal plans are available to those not staying with us.

Some of our courses do require previous woodworking and/or boatbuilding experience while others do not. This will be noted in each course description. Exposure to basic carpentry skills and hand tool experience before arriving for a course will definitely enable an individual to get more out of any boatbuilding course.

Breakfast is served in our dining room from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Most boatbuilding and seamanship classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Some courses get started at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is served at our shops, at the Boathouse, and on board boats at noon. Classes usually wind down around 5:00 p.m. Dinner is served in our dining room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In the evening some students return to work in the shops while others choose to enjoy themselves on our supervised waterfront in our extensive fleet of rowing and sailing craft. Evenings also afford time to relax and read, visit local boatyards (there are nine of them in Brooklin alone!), shop at The WoodenBoat Store, explore Brooklin and the surrounding communities, and use the research library housed in the offices of WoodenBoat Publications.

On weekends, some of our courses include working a portion of Saturday. Our waterfront is open on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Students who are enrolled in courses that include working on Saturday have their rooms and campsites for Saturday night.

Most people arrive with a car roof rack, pick-up truck, or boat trailer. Some individuals choose to ship their new boat home. We do not have room on campus to store student-built boats. If you are planning on shipping your boat, please contact our school office ASAP so we can provide you with the necessary information. You may have your own favorite shipping company. You will need to contact the carrier 2 weeks before your course begins and provide them with our location; the boat’s length, width, height, and weight; and the date of pick-up. This pick-up date should be the first Monday after your course ends. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Each season (usually in the spring and fall) we offer a number of courses at various maritime museums and similar facilities around the country. The curriculum for these courses is identical to the classes that take place here on our main campus in Brooklin. The only difference is with our Fundamentals of Boatbuilding course which is presented in a one-week format off-site. Students find their own accommodations for our off-site courses and we can provide lists of available housing at these locations upon request.

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WoodenBoat School, 41 WoodenBoat Lane, PO Box 78, Brooklin, Maine 04616 USA
Tel: 207-359-4651, Fax: 207-359-8920
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