The 12-week Small Boatbuilding Program introduces students to boatbuilding through the construction of a 12-foot, flat-bottomed lapstrake rowboat, the Susan Skiff. Participants may take the boat home upon completion or leave it at the Shop to be sold to benefit Shop programs. All tools, materials, and supplies are provided, though participants are encouraged to bring their own tools if they have them.

The 12-week program allows for the completion of the Susan skiff at a comfortable pace for most students. 12-week participants are active members of the Shop community, participating in Friday walk-around, Shop clean up, field trips, seamanship programs during the sailing season, and other Shop activities.

Participants who have the most successful experience in the 12-week program are curious and self-motivated, yet willing to seek help and ask questions. During your time here, you will build one boat and work through the details of constructing that design. You will also have the opportunity to learn about other boat construction during Friday walk-around and Friday activities with apprentices and staff.


For those with previous woodworking or boatbuilding experience, we offer an Advanced Short Program. From construction of a more complicated small tender to construction of a sailing rig, the advanced program provides self-motivated individuals the opportunity to build a boat of their choosing. (Boat designs in the advanced program must be discussed and approved by Shop staff prior to the start of the project.)


  • $6,000 includes tuition, material costs, and a finished boat.

  • Upcoming start dates: July 15th, October 7th

  • Inquire with Director of Student Affairs and Outreach Nina Noah for more information at ninanoah@apprenticeshop.org