Oct
2
to Oct 30

Fall Youth Tool Skills After School Program

The Spaulding Marine Center’s goal is to help young people connect to the world with their hands and their senses. We aim to get noses out of iPhones, and promote hands-on, practical skills in a screen-free environment. Students learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience. Current projects include stand-up paddleboards and a strip-planked canoe. New students may get up to speed by building a toolbox, wooden mallet, skateboard, or paddle, and expand into whatever project grabs their interest.

No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials are provided. (For larger projects, students must supply the materials.)

The Instructor: Bryce LeFort is a master boatbuilder, boatyard guru, and a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School in Rhode Island. Bryce’s classes fill up fast!

Ages 12 to 16

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00—6:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, October 2, 2017

$275 per month

Scholarships available

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Oct
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Right on the Edge: A presentation about the North Pacific Right Whale

Shawnecee Schneider, Bay Area resident and the crew of Deep Green Wilderness project on s/v Orion, will be returning from a 6-week voyage around Vancouver Island and up to Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. Shawnecee will present a slide show about their search for the North Pacific Right Whale, arguably the most endangered population of whales on the planet.

Shawnecee will also screen her last film project with Deep Green Wildneress, The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish. This film investigates the historical, political and ecological factors that went into the recognition of our newest inland sea. The film creates a sense of place highlighting some of the most iconic species and seascapes of the Salish Sea ecosystem. The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish explores the natural and cultural history of the area through interviews of people deeply connected with the Salish Sea.

Please help us welcome Shawnecee home!

https://www.theunknownsea.com/

http://www.deepgreenwilderness.com/

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Nov
11
to Nov 18

Women and Woodworking

This women-only class was such a success that Mélanie is teaching another! You will learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing. These basic skills can then be taken out of the Spaulding workshop, giving you the personal satisfaction and savings of doing simple woodworking and carpentry projects yourself.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience, but with the holidays around the corner this session will focus on making wooden gifts such as a cutting board, puzzle, chess board, or your own creation. No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials are provided.

Mélanie Lopez holds a Vocational Training Certificate in boatbuilding from the Poinso-Chapuis School in Marseille, and a Master's in Industrial System Engineering from the University of Technology in Lille. She has been a marine carpenter and boatbuilder at the Spaulding Marine Center for one year.

$250 for two Saturdays, November 11th and 18th, 9AM to 4PM

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Nov
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Behind The Bark: Saving Seals and Sea Lions in California

The Marine Mammal Center is the world’s largest marine mammal hospital and education facility, responsible for rescuing an average of 600-800 sick and injured seals and sea lions each year from over 600 miles of California coast. With over 40 years of experience, a community of over 1,200 trained volunteers, and donations from supporters, the Center has been able to give over 22,000 marine mammals a second chance at life. Join us to learn more about the marine mammals in our own backyard, the reasons they need your help and how you can help give them a second chance at life.

Adam Ratner is the Guest Experience Manager at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. He oversees the visitor and education operations at the hospital, including training and managing the 130 education volunteers, tours and classroom programming, and exhibits. Adam also leads up numerous sustainability initiatives and education programming including climate change, ocean trash, and sustainable seafood. Adam is a Community Climate Change Fellow with the National Association of Environmental Education, and is a leading member of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and the Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative.

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Dec
2
10:00am10:00am

Marlinspike Seamanship: Knots and Splices

In this one-day seminar attendees will learn the basics of rope work, knots, hitches, and splices.

No more buying pre-made dock lines! After this seminar you’ll be able to build your own dock lines with spliced loops and whipped ends. Likewise, you will learn to splice braided line, so that you can make your own halyards and running rigging.

The seminar will begin with an overview of line types and construction, then cover the basics of rope work and rigging, with a focus on practical, hands-on skills. Several salty sailors with be on hand so that smaller break-out groups can work on specific techniques.

Special tools are needed for basic rope work, and no sailor’s ditty bag should be without them: A sailor’s palm, sailmakers needles, waxed marline, and a Swedish fid. If you own these items, please bring them. If not, Spaulding can provide this suite of tools AT COST for $70, and they will last you a lifetime. Please let us know, at least one week in advance, if you would like to purchase these items from Spaulding, and whether you would like a right or left-handed palm. The kit does NOT include a knife, because most people already have a good rigging knife, or have strong preferences in what they’d like. Please bring your own knife.

The Instructor: A long-time friend of the Spaulding Marine Center, Jim Linderman came of age in the Stone Boatyard, where his father & grandfather were longtime boatbuilders. Jim went on to earn his 3000-Ton Master’s license after sailing on various traditionally-rigged sailing vessels throughout the world. Jim rigged the Spaulding Marine Center’s 1885 gaff-rigged sloop, Freda, the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Jim continues to oversee, maintain, and upgrade Freda’s traditional rigging.

$50 suggested donation, lunch and coffee bar included.

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Watermaker Workshop with Kyle Stephan

Are you thinking about installing a watermaker aboard? What are the costs and considerations? How much water will you need? What options should you consider? DC-powered, AC-powered or engine driven? Manual operation or computer-controlled? Buy an off-the-shelf unit or build one yourself?

Kyle Stephan is now President of Spectra Watermakers, but began his career as a marine installer in Southern California. He knows all about watermakers, from hands-on installation experience to the latest cutting-edge technology.

This will be a hands-on workshop, with a working display and various pumps, membranes, and ancillary equipment, so you can get an intuitive feel for the inner workings of watermakers.

Attendees will walk away with a working knowledge of watermaker technology, capacities, power demands, and troubleshooting techniques.

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Sep
30
to Oct 7

Women and Woodworking

This very popular class is limited to six students and is now full, but we'll have another! If you are interested, please email info@spauldingcenter.org. We could schedule more Saturday classes, or if there is interest, evening or Sunday classes.

In this women-only class, you will learn shop safety, tool skills, measurement, design, construction, and finishing. Once you have these skills, they are yours for life, giving you the personal satisfaction and savings of completing simple woodworking and carpentry projects on your own. During the class you’ll be using the professional workshop at the Spaulding Marine Center, but you’ll learn about relatively-inexpensive hand and power tools you can use at home.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience. New students may build a toolbox, wooden mallet, paddle, or cutting board. No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials are provided. (For larger projects, students must supply the materials.)

Mélanie Lopez holds a Vocational Training Certificate in boatbuilding from the Poinso-Chapuis School in Marseille, and a Master of Industrial System Engineering from the University of Technology in Lille. She has been a marine carpenter and boatbuilder at the Spaulding Marine Center for one year.

$250 for two Saturdays, September 30th and October 7th, 9AM to 4PM

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Sep
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Collecting Evolution with Matthew James

Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. His book, Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin, chronicles the 1905-1906 expedition from San Francisco to the Galapagos aboard the Academy, one of the most important in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science.

These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands, validating the work of Charles Darwin and laying the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on the Beagle and the writing of David Lack.

In the end, the voyage of the Academy proved to be crucial in the development of evolutionary science as we know it. It is the longest expedition in Galapagos history, and played a critical role in cementing Darwin's legacy.

This is sure to be a fascinating evening at The Spaulding Marine Center, as Matthew James discusses his book and the implications of the voyage.

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Sep
9
10:00am10:00am

Gordie Nash's Fiberglass & Composites Workshop

We are pleased to bring back composite expert and boat builder, Gordie Nash to discuss the repair and modification of fiberglass boats and structures.

This workshop will cover the various types of cloth, core materials and resins used in the marine industry.

Gordie will focus on the practical application of composites, giving the boat owner or shipwright a better understanding of material choices and how to use them successfully.

There will be a “hands on” workshop in the afternoon portion of the program.

Coffee bar and lunch included

$50 Donation Requested

-Reservations Advised-

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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Aug
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century

Author/performer Simon Spalding will present a lecture-concert “Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century” at the Spaulding Center in Sausalito, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 16. Wine, beer, cheese, and water will be served, and there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Spalding’s book “Food at Sea: Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times” (Rowman & Littlefield 9781442227361) is the first to cover the history of food at sea from the Stone Age to the present. “Food at Sea” has received rave reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Sea History Magazine, and from readers. Mr. Spalding has been interviewed about the book by BBC World Service and Peter Greenberg-CBS, and he has presented lectures on his book at maritime museums in California, Virginia, and Maryland.

Mr. Spalding is a Bay Area native living on the East Coast. He has performed maritime music at museums and festivals throughout North America and Europe. He will perform August 19 at San Francisco’s Festival of the Sea. Like his book, Mr. Spalding’s program will be illustrated with songs and sing-along chanteys. Spalding accompanies himself on fiddle and Chinese erhu. Copies of his book and his music CDs will be available for purchase. The Spaulding Boat Center is at the foot of Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. For more information, call 415-332-3179 or e-mail clark@spauldingcenter.org. For more on Mr. Spalding, explore his website, www.musicalhistorian.com.

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Jul
31
to Aug 11

Summer Youth Boat Building Camp

Students will learn the skills necessary to build a strip planked canoe!

The first week will consist of constructing the hull, planking and glassing the boat. During the second week, students will finish construction and launch the canoe. Students attending both weeks will also be able to make paddles they can bring home.

Tuition is $450 for the first week or $800 for both. Sign up today through the PayPal link below or contact us with any questions.

Week 1: July 31st - August 4th

Week 2: August 7th - August 11th

9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Daily

Weeks of Attendance:
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Jul
29
to Aug 26

Saturday Boatbuilding and Tool Skills Program

This is a great class for parent/child combinations! (12 or older please).

9AM to 5PM Saturdays July 29th, August 5th, August 19th, and August 26th (Note that Saturday, August 12th is skipped.) PLUS a make-up class on September 2nd (or TBD) if you have to miss one of the other days: We know summer is a busy time.

The coursework varies based on interests and experience, but always stresses hands-on, practical boatbuilding and repair skills. Current projects include a ten foot lapstrake Lawton Tender and restoration work on the historic Bird Boat Mavis. New students may get up to speed by building a toolbox, wooden mallet, skateboard, paddle, or workbench (for larger projects, such as a workbench, students must supply the materials).

The Instructor: Bryce LeFort is a master boatbuilder, boatyard guru, and a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School in Rhode Island. Bryce’s classes fill up fast!

No prior experience necessary. Tools and materials provided.

Use the PayPal link below to pay in advance and secure your spot. Have questions? - email info@spauldingcenter.org or call 415-332-3179 $450 for four 8-hour classes:

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May
13
10:00am10:00am

Bill Edinger's Marine Plumbing Workshop

"Keep your Boat Afloat"

Would you like to have the ability to tackle boat plumbing issues by yourself?

Come hear Bill Edinger speak about boat plumbing systems, proper material choices and techniques. There will be a "hands-on" workshop in the afternoon portion of the program where participants will learn proper assembly of several different plumbing systems including pipe, tubing and hose.

Bill spent almost 20 years in the marine equipment and systems business before founding Spectra Watermakers and is now President of Spaulding Marine Center.

Coffee bar and lunch included

$50 Donation Requested

-Reservations Advised-

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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May
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Presenting: Kaci Cronkhite

“Finding PAX”

We are pleased to present Kaci Cronkhite, author of “Finding PAX: the unexpected story of a little wooden boat”.

A circumnavigator and wooden boat festival director, Kaci knew better than to buy a wooden boat. However, smitten with the buxom curves of the 1936 Danish Spidsgatter, Pax, she did.

What followed was a long haul out that turned into a seven-year quest to recollect the boats history in three countries. The journey turned into a story that brought together generations.

Join us as she tells tales of PAX and its very special connection to Sausalito.

Books will be available for sale and signing!

-Reservations Advised-

Call 415-332-3179 or e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org

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Apr
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Presenting: James Bender and Inka Petersen

"Exploring Maritime Traditions"

We are pleased to present James Bender, founder of the Adriatic Maritime Institute and Inka Petersen, former Spaulding youth boatbuilding coordinator and a Sausalito resident boat builder who recently returned from a residency with their boat building workshop near Split, Croatia.

The group has been building boats and sailing with students from state-run homes for children. Their program teaches seamanship, communication and cooperation while engaging in expeditions that combine elements of youth development with on-water training and boat building in Bosnia and Croatia.

Join us for a talk that will highlight these trips and exciting things they have accomplished.

Click HERE to visit the Adriatic Maritime Institute's website!

-Reservations Advised-

Call 415-332-3179 or e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org

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Apr
10
to Apr 14

Spring Youth Woodworking Program

Choose your own projects in a fun, safe and educational environment designed to increase your skills with woodworking tools and processes. Students will have the choice to build a paddle, cutting board, toolbox, mallet, skateboard, toboggan sled and more.

Camp sessions will be held April 10th – April 14th from 9:30am - 3:30pm. There will be an hour break for lunch, which students are expected to provide. Tuition is $450 for the entire program or $100 for a single day. Sign up today through the PayPal link below or call us with any questions.

Days of Attendance:
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Jan
10
to Apr 13

Winter/Spring Adult Boat Building Skills Program

Our Winter/Spring Adult Wooden Boat Building Program is here.

These 14-week programs are held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings (your choice) and will begin on Tuesday, January 10th.

We have a fair mix of new and returning students and the coursework will vary based on interests and experience levels. Current projects include a strip planked canoe, a rowing scull, and a ten foot lapstrake Lawton Tender.

Use the PayPal link below to pay in advance and secure your spot.

Have questions? - email info@spauldingcenter.org

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