All students enrolled in our core, two-year Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program must first complete the traditional boat building and classic woodworking courses of the Traditional Program.
In the second year, the curriculum builds on the student’s repertoire of woodworking and boat building skills with the construction of additional modern, medium sized boats. Students will be guided through the boat building process using state-of-the-art practices found in sophisticated shops today.
Students will work with the woodworking machinery typical to the industry to construct projects that are reflective of the quality and style of the modern wooden yacht. Through classroom lectures and hands-on projects, students will learn the techniques of installing structural bulkheads, partitions, and built-in furniture.
During first semester, some students may wish to focus on the repair of existing vessels. These students have the option to take a Restoration elective where the student will be taught how to evaluate an older boat, design a repair strategy, and the methods for executing structural repairs. Refinishing techniques will be discussed and practiced with an emphasis on health and safety. Others may chose to further their woodworking skills in our Advanced Joinery elective.
In the second semester students have the choice between Advanced Lofting and our Marine Services electives.
Through class work and hands-on experience, students will learn about simple electrical systems, engine and propulsion installations, vessel safety requirements, and yacht joinery common on small to medium-sized cruising boats.
Industry standards, as recommended or required by ABYC, NFPA, and the USCG, will be used in these studies and practices.