In 2018 we will be offering three weeks of our popular Build-Your-Own-Boat classes at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, WA. We're especially excited to help inaugurate the brand-new Bill Garden Boatshop in CWB's shiny new Wagner Education Center on the Lake Union Park campus.

Students in Seattle in 2018 can select from several of CLC's most small craft designs including a classic rowing/sailing dory as well as a sleek rowing wherry suitable for fixed-seat. A third class has just been added, building lapstrake dinghies.

Starting on June 4, students will build the popular 17-foot Northeaster Dory, the same model used in Rick Clark’s newsmaking Row to Canada for ALS fundraiser in August 2012

The Northeaster Dory is not only well suited to rowing but also to sailing with the addition of an optional sailing rig. It’s a capacious, stable boat with a substantial payload for passengers or gear for camp-cruising and adventuring. It's long been one of CLC's most popular designs, and is particularly well suited to Pacific Northwest conditions.Dory Class June 4-9

A second class focuses on the Annapolis Wherry, in single or tandem configurations, beginning July 23.

Both models of the Annapolis Wherry, single and tandem, are beautiful rowing vessels designed for sliding-seat use.Wherry Class July 23-28

Passagemaker DinghyA third summer session will build the Eastport Pram or Passagemaker Dinghy, starting August 20. Both boats are great for rowing or, with the addition of a separate sailing component, make sprightly day sailers.

Build Your Own Lapstrake Dinghy

In CLC classes, talented professional instructors help students assemble their own boats from start to finish. Most classes are 5-1/2 days---a perfect one-week vacation, with a boat to take home at the end, ready for finish work.

Demand for the classes remains strong year after year as the word spreads. In 2017 CLC ran more than 30 classes at sites in Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, and Washington. In addition to the Center for Wooden Boats, 2018 locations will include the legendary WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine; the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School in Cedarville, Michigan; as well as classes held in the CLC shop in Annapolis, Maryland.

While CLC's precision-cut boat kits are intended for first-time boatbuilders working at home---more than 30,000 completed CLC boats are on the water---a classroom setting still has its advantages. Students work in lavishly equipped shops with a professional boatbuilder at their side and enjoy the positive energy (and extra hands) of a group setting. For those who bring helpers, classes are a rewarding and memorable parent-child or family experience.

Those unfamiliar with modern wood-epoxy composite boatbuilding can watch examples of these week-long classes condensed into short timelapse videos at


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