Don't miss out on your chance to build a skin-on-frame canoe. The last day to register is Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Dates: June 17-19 & June 24-26, 2022, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Instructor: Rich Cerruto
Class Size: 4
Instructor Rich Cerruto will lead this unique course on building skin-on-frame double paddle canoes. The canoe will be constructed with a wooden frame and a stretched with a nylon "skin". Each student will leave with a completed canoe ready for the water. These 28-pound canoes are strong and can hold up to 320 pounds. Easily car-topped, they are perfect for casual paddlers and beginning boatbuilders alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to build your own beautiful functional canoe! The canoe is 30" wide, 10" deep, weights about 32 lbs. and carries 320 lbs. Rig it as a solo, a tandem with a carrying yoke, or as a solo/tandem. All materials required are provided, including pre-cut lumber, polyester cloth, stem bands and seats.
Solo/Tandem 13½’ Canoe Materials Kit - This class will use kits and plans designed by Hilary Russell, founder of the Berkshire Boat Building School and author of the book "Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes."
Joint Instruction - For an additional fee, students are welcomed to bring a second builder to the class. This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun together. Joint instruction must be accompanied with someone taking the full instruction and purchasing a kit.
General Public: $700
Material Fee: $800 (will be included at check out)
Joint Instruction Tuition: $500
Rich Cerruto is a retired engineer and IT executive who teaches skin-on-frame boat building and paddle carving. An other area of focus is oval Shaker Boxes. He served as president of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and currently serves as vice-president of its Mid-Hudson chapter.
As a child, I spent my summers on Cape Cod. I took swimming lessons on the beach. My mom said that all year we used our brains in classrooms, so during the summer we should use our hands outside. Across the parking lot, there was a new sailing school.
The next summer I was signed up with one of my little sisters. We were hooked. This program was called Bourne Community Boating. It was a half day, 4 week program, and one day a week was dedicated to science. We went on field trips to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and to investigate local marine species and ecosystems.
This summer camp has changed my life and the lives of others who attended the camp. One camper turned counselor spent a semester at sea and sailed to Fiji. Others joined sailing teams (Bourne HS joined with the next town) and continued to sail in college. Kids went on to study marine biology and environmental policy, things they were exposed to at BCB. My sister’s major is Marine and Fishery Sciences. I was first a camper, then an instructor in training, instructor, then head instructor. Over my 9 years there, I grew immensely. I discovered my love for teaching and practiced lesson planning and being flexible because sailing is so weather dependent. I met people with incredible stories, such as a family who hadn’t set foot on land in a year. I made lifelong friends who I didn’t see during the school year, but when we came back each summer, it was as if no time had passed at all.
Very similar to HRMM’s sailing program, this was a community based program. We had barbecues, and there were scholarships available. We started an adaptive sailing program for individuals with physical or mental impairments which would make it more difficult for them to assess the water. We partnered with local veterans groups. It was awesome how this program was not competition focused, but promoted seamanship, caring for and understanding the environment around the water, and included people from all walks of life.
I’ve been sailing for a number of years, but it wasn’t until I came to Kingston that I discovered the history around sailing. The Hudson River Maritime Museum is an awesome resource to find out how people have been interacting with the river for hundreds of years.
The people I met at HRMM and in the Kingston Sailing Club are so welcoming and fun.
This program is unique because we learn all of the things around sailing such as repairs/ woodwork. We learn the applications of sailing such as sail freight. There is such focus on environmentalism, and HRMM is actually doing something about improving the marine environment with Solaris and partnerships with Sloop Clearwater and Apollonia.
If you would like to get connected with our amazing sailing community at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, visit our website, https://www.hrmm.org/sailing-school.html to learn more about sailing opportunities for youth and adults.
Every Sunday in June we welcome you to join us for a painting class as you relax in the Wooden Boat School on the historic Kingston Waterfront. Students will enjoy an afternoon of instruction and leave with a finished 11x14 acrylic on canvas painting of the Stony Point Lighthouse. No experience is necessary and this class is open to anyone who wants to paint or is inspired by lighthouses. All materials are provided. Painter and instructor Catherine Buchanan will provide guidance as students create their works of art.
About the Instructor
After studying art at San Francisco State University Catherine Buchanan worked photographing museum collections in California. She paints because she loves the challenge of creating lifelike images. Her series of large animal portraits showed in venues around San Francisco for many years and her dog paintings gained a wider audience after Pomegranate Press published a calendar.
In 1999 she sailed to the South Pacific on a 40’ boat with a friend from Mexico to New Zealand, visiting more than forty islands on the way. In 2001 she moved ashore in American Samoa to open a thrift store and continue painting in the islands. Catherine is currently building her own house and painting in Kingston. www.catherinebuchanan.com.
Hudson River Lighthouse Painting Series
This class is one of a series, each featuring one of the 7 remaining lighthouses that dot the Hudson River: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, Saugerties Lighthouse, Rondout Lighthouse, Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, Stony Point Lighthouse, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, and the Little Red Lighthouse. Separate registration is required for each class in the series. Dedicated painters who commit to 6 of the classes can attend their 7th class at no charge. A list of the classes can be found at www.hrmm.org/adult-classes.
About Hudson River Lighthouses
Of the dozens of lighthouses and lights that once dotted the Hudson River, only seven remain. This iconic American river, at the heart of the rise of New York City and westward expansion into the interior of the continent, was also a transportation super highway long before automobiles were invented. Throughout it all, the lighthouses kept watch, guarding the safety of the Hudson’s waterborne traffic.
General Public: $95
Members at Individual Level: $85
Members at Household Level & Above: $80
Materials: $20 (included at checkout)
A happy young sailor on the Hudson River at AdventureSail, August 2021
According to Lea Maxwell in her blog from the website Escape Under Sail, “the lessons learned on the water in a sailboat, no matter what your age, are transformative. When your daughter learns to sail she gains an ocean full of perspective and skills. Lifelines that will be ever in reach as she bravely navigates a world that wrongly and too often whispers pretty instead of smart, optimistic, capable, happy.” Read more here :
Don’t miss the chance to be inspired by the documentary film Maiden, which tells the true story of the all-women crew of Maiden, who completed the Whitbread Around the World Sailing Race in 1989-1990 against all the odds and cracked the glass ceiling for women sailors. The film will be shown in person at the Clearwater Barn at Hudson River Maritime Museum at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 18. Details and registration below.
We are excited to announce "Nuts For Knots": a knot-tying workshop by high wire artist Philippe Petit
Best known as the man who secretly rigged a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire at majestic sites all over the world, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Lincoln Center and Grand Central Station. He personally rigs every wire on which he walks and has thus become a self-taught engineer and master rigger. His life depends on knots.
“Nuts for Knots” will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY. Two workshop time slots are available, either 10AM-11:30AM, or 1:00-2:30PM. Each workshop has a maximum number of 14 participants so sign up soon to reserve your spot! Registration is $20 for individual tickets or two tickets for $35
Staff and volunteers of the Hudson River Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat School and Sailing & Rowing School.
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