(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 23, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced a new project for its Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program. By constructing a boat from start to finish, traditional boatbuilding techniques will be taught to AFAD participants of all skill levels, under the direction of CBMM’s professional shipwrights and volunteers. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed.
The current project is a private commission for a 12-foot Acorn skiff, designed by Iain Oughtred. This sailing rowing skiff will be lapstrake construction using glued okoume. With construction steps scheduled over 24 weeks, the program takes participants from lines and lofting to the final launch in July, 2018.
AFAD participants can be a part of the whole process, or can sign up only for specific dates. The “Journeyman’s Special” package makes a great gift and includes any four days for one reduced price, and can diversify the experience to include several different learning opportunities.
Individual classes are $45 for CBMM members and $55 for non-members. A four-session Journeyman’s Special is offered at $150 for CBMM members and $200 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.
Updated photos of the project are being posted at http://bit.ly/afadpics, with the detailed boatbuilding schedule and more information at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms. To register for the AFAD program, contact CBMM Shipyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or email email@example.com.
The public is invited to participate in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day weekend boatbuilding program through July, with the construction of a 12-foot lapstrake skiff, shown here in early construction, with 8 mold stations completed. Participants come from all skill levels, and can choose their dates for learning, with advanced registration needed as class sizes are limited. The full project schedule and more information are at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.