Each year the Boat Building class builds a Community boat, restores a boat or two or three, or builds a tiny house – through which they learn a variety of skills. An instructor from the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding and an assortment of volunteer retired local craftsmen, shipwrights, and marine tradespeople guide students through various projects during the year.
At the end they often get to take the result of their labors out on the bay for a row/sail.
This class engages students to work with their hands, giving them a sense of pride that they can produce something of value.
Interacting with the instructors and volunteers exposes these youths to people who love and are passionate about their craft.
This passion, combined with seeing and using what they have created by the end of class acquaints them with the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from having a craft and working with their hands. With that they will always be able to find value in their lives.
As part of the Boatbuilding class two students each week take a turn in a local sail loft where, guided by an experienced sailmaker they build a full suit of sails for the Community boat.
Each Longdory has a squares’l as part of its sail plan. These are each painted with an individual design developed and drawn by the students. A volunteer professional artist supervises this aspect of the boatbuilding.