North Carolina has a long tradition of craftsmanship in custom boat building and that tradition continues on Front Street in Beaufort, NC.
A jewel at the center of Beaufort’s maritime culture, the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center serves as an important economic force at the North Carolina Maritime Museum by showcasing the art and skill of traditional boat building. The museum’s Watercraft Center sits on Taylor’s Creek, across from the Museum. There’s no better place to learn boatbuilding than on the water.
The Harvey W. Watercraft Center carries on the rich boatbuilding heritage of North Carolina coast through wooden boat building courses. These courses bring together participants of all ages from different parts of the country with “a common thread of creativity.”
Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course
In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats.
In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems.
By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. All course size limited. Advance registration required.
Course Fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old.
2017 Course Dates: September 16-17, October 14-15, November 18-19, December 9-10
Course Fee: $135. Friends of the Museum: $121.50. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. Course size limited. Advance registration required by phone, 252-728-7317, Ext. 31 or online at www.thewatercraftcenter.com. Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.
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Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center
North Carolina Maritime Museum
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.252-728-7317Visit their Website