Comprehensive Career Boat Building

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.



  • To become proficient in the use and maintenance of traditional hand woodworking tools and be capable of producing complex joinery projects.
  • To become competent in the use of power woodworking machinery.
  • To understand the lofting process and be able to accurately produce a full-scale lofting of small and medium size vessels.
  • To understand the structure of the traditional wooden boat and be skilled at producing any of its parts.
  • To have knowledge of the epoxy/wood composite boat building techniques and materials and their application.
  • To have an awareness of the safety and health issues associated with the machinery and materials used in the marine trades industries and to develop work habits that minimize these hazards.


  • Using the techniques of modern boat building, students will learn to mate wood with epoxy to form a composite that has physical characteristics superior to either component by itself and is stabilized from the effects of moisture.
  • To have an understanding of the basic electrical and propulsion systems found on the small to medium size boats and the process of installing them.
  • To apply the appropriate regulatory and safety standards (e.g., ABYC, NFPA, and the USCG) that form the foundation for understanding basic systems in boats.
  • To install components of the electrical and propulsion systems so that they are reliable and trouble free.
  • To allow the student to choose their own path within the maritime industry.

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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