Avocational Boat Building

The Avocational Boat Building Program is designed for the student who is not necessarily interested in learning boat building skills for career or employment purposes.  Whether you are a hobbyist, a retiree, a bucket-lister, or simply interested in learning the craft of wooden boat building – our Avocational Program provides the opportunity to gain all of the experience with none of the pressure.

This curriculum mirrors the Traditional and Comprehensive Career programs but leaves the decision to participate in the academic portion of each program up to the individual student.

First Year Course Objectives

  • To become proficient in the use and maintenance of traditional hand woodworking tools and be capable of producing complex joinery projects.
  • To become competent in the use of power woodworking machinery.
  • To understand the lofting process and be able to accurately produce a full-scale lofting of small and medium size vessels.
  • To understand the structure of the traditional wooden boat and be skilled at producing any of its parts.
  • To have knowledge of the epoxy/wood composite boat building techniques and materials and their application.
  • To have an awareness of the safety and health issues associated with the machinery and materials used in the marine trades industries and to develop work habits that minimize these hazards.


  • To understand the construction sequence involved in the building of a modern yacht.
  • To develop safe and efficient handling and use of epoxy products
  • Learn the skills and techniques associated with the repair and restoration of older boats
  • To have an understanding of the basic mechanical and electrical systems found on small to medium size cruising yachts and the process of installing them.

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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