Boatbuilding Basics Workshop: Build the Six-Hour Canoe

 CABBS is offering a Boatbuilding Basics Workshop.  Participants will learn hands-on by building  a “Six-Hour Canoe” designed by Mike O’Brien, the editor and publisher of Boat Design Quarterly. The single-person boat is 15 feet long and paddled kayak-style from a seated position.

The class starts on March 3, 2018 and will be held on the five consecutive Saturdays in March.  Class starts at 9 AM and will run six to eight hours.

The classes will be held at Soulcraft Woodshop, at 5401 Hamilton Avenue in Cleveland, just off I-90. (map)

Participants will build the boats from meranti marine plywood, spruce, ash, and Douglas fir, and use silicon bronze screws, fiberglass tape, and epoxy  to assemble it.   They will learn basic boatbuilding skills and processes such as laying out plywood panels, fitting angles, planing, gluing techniques using epoxy and fiberglass tape,  sanding and painting.

The emphasis is on hands-on doing.  Participants will learn skills and have hands-on experiences  that can be applied to boatbuilding or kit building projects.   Many skills are transferable to furniture building or home repair.

Novices are welcome: participants do not need any prior experience or woodworking skills. CABBS volunteers will help participants gain fundamental skills in using hand woodworking tools. Some complex parts will be pre-cut for easy assembly so there will be very little power tool use.  Minimum age to be a participant is 14 years old.

Class participants will work in teams of four.  Each team will build its own boat.  Each completed boat will be raffled off among the four team members who built it.

Cost for the boatbuilding class is $225 per person and includes all materials, use of the facility, and guidance by CABBS.  Registration closes February 10, 2018.  Class size is limited to four boats or sixteen participants.

Reserve your class position with a $50 deposit applied toward the class fee.    The fee balance must be paid in full by February 10.   Deposits are 100% refundable if participation is cancelled by February 10; full details on the registration form.    Download the registration form.

Questions?  E-mail us or call Ed Neal, 440-871-0334.


Boat Ownership Plan  You can build your own personal boat.  The plan entitles you, at no extra cost,  to involve up to three friends or relatives to take the class with you and help build your boat.  Cost of the Boat Ownership Plan is $585.

Child Participants  A child,  at least 11 years-old can participate if accompanied by two adults enrolled in the Boat Ownership Plan.

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