Commission us to build the boat of your dreams.

We specialize in traditional wooden boats that range from small, flat bottom skiffs to lobsterboats and sailboats up to 30’. We will also restore boats on occasion, please inquire for more information.


Visitors to the Shop often ask what we do with all the boats the apprentices build after they are finished. A small number of the boats (the skiffs, for example) are built on spec, and are available for purchase after launch day. However, the vast majority of the larger boats built at the shop are projects commissioned by private individuals. If you are interested in acquiring or restoring a traditional wooden boat, there are many reasons to consider having it built or restored at the Apprenticeshop. We can accommodate traditional builds up to 30’, and would be happy to discuss if you have a specific plan in mind. Likewise, we can also furnish you with a number of examples of boats we have built in the past if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for. If you choose to have your boat built with us in Rockland, it will become a vital part of the apprentices’ educational experience. It will be constructed or restored with the finest traditional materials available under the supervision of a master boatbuilder to insure the highest levels of craftsmanship in execution. The quality of work coming out of our shops is of great importance to us. We work closely with owners to insure that timeline on delivery will meet their expectations while also aligning with the Apprenticeshop’s schedule. Locally based owners are welcome to periodically visit and check in on progress, and we keep in close contact with owners from out of town. The cost to build is reasonable as compared to commercial shops, and folks who choose to have boats built with us also have the satisfaction of knowing that their vessel’s construction has been central to the Apprenticeshop’s core mission and operation. In turn, each boat that leaves the shop is a part of an international Apprenticeshop fleet that numbers in the hundreds and has been growing for more than three decades. 

For questions about commissioning an Apprenticeshop boat, contact lead instructor Kevin Carney