In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required. 252-728-7317. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Photo of the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.
The next class takes place on February 20-21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations required.
Additional 2016 class dates include: March 19-20, April 16-17, May 21-22, June 25-26, July 23-24, August 27-28, September 10-11, no class in October, November 19-20, and December 10-11.
The class takes place on the Beaufort, North Carolina waterfront at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, located across the street from the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center (shown above) carries on the rich boatbuilding heritage of North Carolina coast through wooden boat building classes. The classes bring together students of all ages from different parts of the country with a common thread of creativity. The Watercraft Center is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages.