Surveying of Wooden Boats
Developing a trained eye for boats.
- Pat Mahon—June 7–13
To be truly qualified to survey wooden boats and yachts requires a tremendous diversity of experience and expertise. Our instructor spent years working on boats before teaching marine surveying. Pat has years of building, repair, and educational experience, and WoodenBoat School is pleased to provide a forum in which he can pass on some of his hard-earned knowledge.
This course will meet for lectures and discussions, but much of the teaching is done by field work. You will go through boats at local boatyards learning how to look, where to look. You will focus on wooden boat design and construction, the hows and whys of success and failure. You will explore the methods for detection of current and potential problems with rot, corrosion, fractures, and joint failures—how they might be fixed, and how they could have been prevented. You will learn to look at boats in differing terms of the owner, the potential buyer, and the insurer. And you’ll discuss the actual business of surveying—writing reports, liability, dealing with owners and brokers.
Our marine surveying courses have been very popular since the school began. Students range from insurance agents with an obvious need to understand what makes a boat safe, to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, to boatyard managers and brokers wishing to provide better customer service and more accurate estimates, to amateurs with shopping plans in mind, and, of course, to people currently working, or thinking of working, in this demanding profession.
This place is magic!”
Thank you for giving so many people the opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves in such a beautiful setting.”