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Build Your Own Skerry Daysailer
Location: Great Lakes Boat Building School - Cedarville, Michigan
Dates: Monday, August 14, 2017 - Saturday, August 19, 2017
All inquiries not about technical boat details to GLBBS: 906-484-1081
Tuition & Materials:
Of all the classes we've taught in the last 16 years, "Build Your Own Skerry" is the most popular, always full and usually with a waiting list. In this class, you'll build your own Skerry, a rowing-sailing boat of Nordic heritage.
The Skerry is that rare boat that combines excellent rowing and sailing qualities into one attractive craft. This is the perfect boat in which to mount an expedition in protected waters, cruising from beach to beach and camping on shore. Sail when there's wind, row when there's not - you'll cover a lot of miles either way. The sprit rig is easy to handle, powerful for its size, and stows inside the hull for trailering. The hull is stable and buoyant, whether you're running in choppy seas or lifting over motorboat wakes. The skilled oarsman will savor the Skerry's smooth glide and rough-water handling. Capacity is three adults, yet you can cartop the 95-pound Skerry on anything larger than a Civic.
The hull utilizes CLC's patented LapStitch™ construction method, in which stitch-and-glue techniques are used to create lapstrake hulls of traditional appearance. First, the Skerry's seven hull planks are glued to length using scarf joints. The planks are wired together to create the hull shape, then bulkheads are inserted before the planks are neatly "welded" together with epoxy. The students reinforce the hull with fiberglass cloth and mahogany rails, then add the daggerboard trunk and seats. (The sailing rig is optional, but the class will proceed under the assumption that the boat will be used for both rowing and sailing.)
As with all of our courses in which students build their own boat, this will be a busy week, so expect to spend a few evenings in the shop. By noon on Saturday you'll have an assembled hull, ready for sanding and sailing rig.
The word "skerry" comes from the Old Norse "sker." In the Orkney Islands, a skerry is the local name for "a rugged...sea-rock, covered by the sea in high water or in stormy weather". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was also the name given (circa 1540) to "little punts or boats that will carry but two apeece." Whatever the origin of the name, John C. Harris's Skerry design evokes the beautiful and capable traditional boats of the Baltic and the North Sea.
Skills conveyed in the course include advanced epoxy and fiberglass techniques, basic marine carpentry, and an overview of what will be required to get your boat rigged and sailing. With a completed Skerry you can contemplate placid afternoons on the local lake, or a dream cruise on the Maine Island Trail.
Note: Boat kits for classes are specially prepared at CLC and delivered directly to the classroom. These kits include essential supplies and may have certain parts pre-assembled. Because of the particular nature of these kits, discounts and other promotions do not apply.