Build-Your-Own Calendar Islands Yawl

A midwinter's boatbuilding dream


TBD, 2018 @ TBD | Saco, ME | tuition $850

Register by calling Clint Chase at 207-602-9587

Do you pine after the Calendar Islands Yawl?

But feel like you would like the direct help and instruction a class would bring? Do you want to bring your own CIY home with the direct guidance of the designer and professional boatbuilder? In this 1-week class, you will build your own bare-hull and bring it home for your very own. Tuition is $850 per student and we will cap the class at 6 students. 

In the first day we will have set up the strongback and the building jig, ready to plank. Most of the week will be planking and discussing the finer points of cutting laps, gains, and using the clamping batten system to ensure a fair hull. The end goal is to have a bare hull: hull is planked with skeg, outer stem, and rubrails attached. On the side, if there is time and perhaps during an evening session we will build the daggerboard and rudder. We can also discuss topics such as building a Birdsmouth mast.

In this class you will also get an exciting introduction to the fundamentals of boatbuilding. How do you set up a proper strongback? How do you do glued-lapstrake planking well? How do you cut a gain? What is the most efficient use of epoxy? What are the important points to remember in preparing a boat for finishing? You will be able to answer these important questions at the end of the 1-week class.

The boat will be available to take home at the end of the week. If multiple people want it, there will be a lottery system to decide the winner. The winner of the boat will pay $1,975 for the bare-hull.

We will meet Sunday evening for a social gathering and orientation at the shop (snacks and drinks). Class begins at 8 am on the 5th and finishes midday on the 10th or whenever we finish the hull. Class runs 8-5:30pm daily with a night session likely as we see fit. 

There will be plenty of time to ask questions and enjoy getting to know one another over dinner at some local favorite spots, including visits to favorite breweries such as Barreled Souls, Dirigo, and Banded Horn.

We can help you find a good fit at an Air B & B locally.  We are developing some relationships with hosts in Saco close to the beach and River as well as in Portland. More info coming on this front. Loved one who may wish to join you will find plenty to do here, even in winter, like cross country skiing, shopping in Freeport and Portland, and walks on the beaches of Saco.

To register call Clint Chase @ 207-602-9587 or email at