BROOKLIN — June 7 marks the opening of WoodenBoat School and its 12th season of providing hundreds of students with hands-on experience in boatbuilding, sailing and other related crafts. WoodenBoat Magazine started the school back in 1981 in response to the numerous readers who longed for access to boatbuilders and sailors about whom they had read in the magazine.
More than 80 courses are scheduled each year in a program that begins in early June and extends to mid-October. The courses generally run from one to two weeks. To keep the ratio of students to instructor to a minimum, the average class usually numbers around 10 students.
Some of the courses being offered this coming season are Fundamentals of Boatbuilding; Boat Design; Marine Surveying; Electronic Navigation and Piloting; Building a 12-foot Fisherman’s Skiff; Basic Woodworking for Women; Composite Boatbuilding; Astronomy; Stitch and Glue Boatbuilding; Lofting; Trouble-shooting Outboards; Celestial Navigation; Elements of Seamanship; Building a 16-foot Harbor Skiff; Geodesic Airolite Boatbuilding; and Craft of Sail. Scholarships are available to those in need of financial aid.
The school provides room and board and also will send a list of local lodgings upon request. Alumni make up about 33 percent of the student population which attests to the excellent reputation the school has achieved over the years. The average age of a WoodenBoat School student is 42, and women represent about 15 percent of the school’s reservations.
For more information or to make a reservation, write the WoodenBoat School, P.O. Box 78, Brooklin 04616, or call 207-359-4651 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.