By Kate Gill
My husband Chris had been dreaming of building a boat for a few years now, but with kids, there’s just never time for such a big project. After having looked into different boat building courses throughout the Northeast, I finally stumbled upon your weekend family boat building course. Build a dinghy in just 2 days! This was such an amazing and memorable experience. We came with no knowledge of boat building, and some experience of wood working.
I was really surprised at how much time our instructor Wayne Ford spent teaching us techniques, and explaining the the process so we were able to think 2-3 steps ahead. I had gone in thinking this would be a sloppy rushed job, but wow was I wrong! We came away with a beautiful boat which we brag about to the other parents in town. Not many people can say they’ve built a boat! Looking forward to the spring when we’ll paint her and have a lil boat christening and launch party at the lake here.
Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board
Thinking of building your own boat? Try your hand at a stand-up paddle board! Built over two weekends, you'll end up with a beautiful wooden board you can use for years to come. But hurry! Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15!
Dates: April 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2022, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Deadline to Register: March 15
Want to get your Captains License? We have one more spot left!
Did you know? HRMM members get discounts on all classes! Join today. Interested in learning more? Check out some of the classes and programs we offer below, for all ages and all experience levels.
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Staff and volunteers of the Hudson River Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat School and Sailing & Rowing School.
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