I could not have asked for a more fulfilling year and a half at the School. As a student, and then as the Prothero Intern, I learned from incredibly talented instructors and gained a solid foundation of skills.
Wooden boatbuilding is challenging and mysterious because you can’t just follow a plan. You have to trust your eye and ability to judge whether something’s going to fit or what needs to happen to make it fit. I see it as becoming fluent in making things and learning how to trust your own judgement and aesthetic…
Boat School gave me the skills, approach, and practical knowledge in one year that many aspiring craftspeople take decades to gain. I left Boat School with great confidence in my abilities to build, solve problems, and produce at a quality that carries on a tradition of woodworking.
Founded in 1981, the School has taught traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills to more than 1,500 students. We offer a full-time 12 month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Traditional and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding as well as a 6-month diploma program in Marine Systems.