12-Week Intensive Boat Building
Boat Building Program
BUILD A Traditional BOAT IN 12 WEEKS
Build a 16ft 6in Paul Gartside inboard Workboat
Gig Harbor BoatShop is offering a unique boatbuilding experience over the course of 12 weeks. More than a weekend workshop and less than a full-year boat school program, this three-day per week opportunity will sharpen your wood working skills and immerse you in the boatbuilding traditions of Gig Harbor’s historic Eddon Boatyard.
Taught by master boatbuilding instructor Patrick Mahon, the Monday through Wednesday, 12-week class might best be characterized as a ‘mini boat school.’ The hands-on traditional boatbuilding experience begins with lofting, then boat construction - including mold-making, planking, engine placement, finish work and all steps in between. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skillset to build their own traditional wooden boat. If you live locally the three-day per week class will provide time for other commitments. If you are from out of the area you'll have time to explore the great Pacific Northwest.
YOU’LL LEARN THESE BOATBUILDING SKILLS:
- Making moulds
- Building the backbone (stem, stern timbers, keel, shaft log, cutting the rabbet)
- Making the transom
- Setting up the backbone, floors, molds and ribbands
- Shelf, clamp and stringers
- Steam bending the frames
- Planking, carvel
- Fairing and caulking the hull
- Engine beds
- Fitting out the interior
- Engine placement and alignment
- Rudder, tiller and hardware
- Finish work; paint and varnish will progress with each stage as required
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Patrick’s initial boatbuilding experience was with Tough Bros Boatyard in Teddington, England, then for ten years he worked at various boatyards on the Maine coast. He has called Port Townsend, Washington home since 1987 where he works as a marine surveyor.
During his forty plus years of wooden boat building he’s been involved in numerous boatbuilding projects from traditional boats to modern boats, large and small.
Patrick has taught at the Northwest School of Wooden BoatBuilding in Port Townsend, Washington the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan and the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. As an educator Patrick enjoys passing on the skills and knowledge he’s accumulated to others. “I am very proud of the number of my students that have created their own wooden boat building careers.”
Dates and Times:
February 10, 2020 - April 22, 2020
Monday through Wednesday each week
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Class size is limited to 6 students