Maine is in love with boats. So naturally, it’s a great place to learn to build one. Here, you can take workshops on crafting small vessels, enroll in intense apprenticeships or even earn a degree. Check out:
The Apprenticeshop, Rockland
Begun in 1972, this program pairs apprentices with master boatbuilders. Over a two-year period, apprentices learn the art of both building and sailing traditional wooden boats. Not ready for a two-year commitment? The Shop offers sailing classes and shorter workshops for builders.
The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, Bristol
Founded in 1979, the Carpenter’s Boat shop is centered around its nine-month, tuition-free apprenticeship that teaches traditional boatbuilding and seamanship. Students without that much time can take shorter summer courses in woodworking and boatbuilding.
The Landing School, Arundel
Launched in 1978, the Landing School offers intensive programs in wooden and composite boat building, yacht design and marine systems as well as an associate degree. The school also offers shorter courses and boot camps.
The WoodenBoat School, Brooklin
Started in 1981 by the folks at WoodenBoat Magazine, this school offers a variety of short summer boatbuilding courses. Students can spend a week or two doing things such as building small, Norse-inspired sailboats, polishing their multihull seamanship or crafting a traditional canoe.