Build Your Own Rowing or Sailing Dinghy

Location: Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, California
Dates: Monday, August 21, 2023 - Saturday, August 26, 2023

This Class in Sausalito, CA, is offered by the Spaulding Marine Center;

for registration and class inquiries, please call 415-332-3179 ext 2 or email

Instructor:  Peter Brewster with Jay Grant

Registrations for this class are through the Spaulding Marine Center, 415-332-3179 ext. 2

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All inquiries not about boat technical details to Spaulding Marine Center, 415-332-3179

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Other Considerations:

Eastport Pram - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Eastport Pram
Eastport Pram
Eastport Pram

The Eastport Pram is one of the most popular small dinghies in the world, with more than 800 built.  The Eastport Pram is a boat that is as easy and satisfying to row and sail as you can expect on such a short waterline. Used as a tender to a larger boat, or kept at a dock, it's a near-perfect small boat.  The nesting version also is available to build in this class, for ultra-compact storage.

With the help of the instructor, each student will assemble his or her own dinghy from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. 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 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.

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 Passagemaker 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.