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Build Your Own Eastport Pram or Passagemaker Dinghy

Choose either the 7’9” pram or the 11’7” dinghy.

Tuition: $900 (partner: $450)


  • Passagemaker Rowing: $1,702
  • Passagemaker Sail (Sloop): $3,376
  • Passagemaker Sail (Lug): $3,376
  • Eastport Pram Rowing: $1,267
  • Eastport Pram Sail (Lug): $2,412

In this class, students have the opportunity to construct a beautiful lapstrake yacht tender that may be rowed, sailed, or even powered with a small outboard. Something like 1200 of these popular sailing tenders have been built worldwide, testifying to the enduring qualities of attractive lines, light weight, and practical layouts that work for yachtsmen or daysailors alike.

The Passagemaker Dinghy is easy to build but looks great and performs beautifully. A smooth glide when rowing, spirited performance when sailing, and steady handling with an outboard mark this Norwegian-style lapstrake pram. The Eastport Pram is a boat that is as easy and satisfying to row and sail as you can expect on such a short waterline. Used as a tender to a larger boat, or kept at a dock, it's a near-perfect small boat. A nesting version is available for ultra-compact storage.

Eastport Pram

With the help of the instructor, each student will assemble his or her own dinghy from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The hulls utilize CLC's patented LapStitch construction method, in which stitch-and-glue techniques create lapstrake hulls of traditional appearance. First, the planks are wired together to create the hull shape, then bulkheads are inserted before the planks are neatly "welded" together with epoxy. The students reinforce the hulls with fiberglass cloth and cedar rails, then add the daggerboard trunk and seats. (The sailing rig is optional, but the class will proceed under the assumption that the boat will be used for both rowing and sailing.) As with all of our courses in which students build their own boat, this will be a busy week, so expect to spend a few evenings in the shop. By noon on Saturday you'll have an assembled hull, ready for sanding and sailing rig.

NOTE: Students can build either the Passagemaker Standard, Passagemaker Take-Apart, Eastport Pram, or Eastport Nesting Pram in this class. Let us know when you register.