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Introduction to Boat Building


The “stitch-and-glue” construction method is the easiest way to build a boat, as tens of thousands of amateur boat builders will testify. The approach, which emphasizes the use of epoxy adhesives and strategic fiberglass reinforcement combined with marine plywood, is ideal for first-timers. But like so many things, it’s easy to do but hard to do well. This class is about how to do it well.

The stitch-and-glue techniques date back to the advent of modern adhesives in the 1960s. The basic process involves prefabricated plywood parts, which are stitched together with loops of wire, then glued with epoxy to create rigid and seaworthy hulls. The process dispenses with lofting, elaborate molds, and much of the complex joinery of traditional wooden boat building.

While the method is beloved of amateurs, in recent decades professionals have seized on this type of construction as a way to create beautiful free-form hull shapes with amazing strength and light weight. While still benefiting from the speed and ease of stitch-and-glue boat building, pros deploy sophisticated techniques that result in optimized structures and glittering finishes.

Whether you’re building your first boat, or looking to learn the advanced tricks that the professionals use to get “showboat” finishes, this one-week class will advance your abilities to work with wood, epoxy, and fiberglass.

  • Location: Drift North Paddle Co - located inside Boardwalk DIY Studio - Andover, Minnesota

  • Dates: Monday, August 19, 2019 - Saturday, August 24, 2019

    • Each day ranges from 8a - 5p. Range is approximate - depending on tasks for that day.

    • View our Instructor Bio

  • Featuring Light Craft Kits and Supplies from Chesapeake Light Craft (www.clcboats.com).

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