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Adult Boatbuilding Program


The Catspaw Dinghy, designed by NG Herreshoff and Joel White, will be our first project after some brief introductory pieces.

The Catspaw Dinghy, designed by NG Herreshoff and Joel White, will be our first project after some brief introductory pieces.

After a long hiatus, the adult boatbuilding course is back at Spaulding Marine Center!

Beginning this fall, the course will progress in ten-week terms and will be priced at $500 per person/per term. Classes will be every Monday night from 6-9pm and located in our historic boatyard on the Sausalito waterfront.

Our first project will be building a carvel-planked Catspaw Dinghy, a little sprit-rigged row-sail combo designed by Joel White after NG Herreshoff's Columbia Lifeboat. The Catspaw was designed for the rough water and rocky shores of the Maine coast, and it ought to translate well to the San Francisco Bay.

The official start date for this course is TBD depending on enrollment, but the goal is to get going by the end of October (sooner if we can). If you're seeing this course announcement late and would like to join our program, worry not! We'll figure out an appropriate prorated fee for any who join in the middle of the term. Please contact the instructor to start the conversation.

About the instructor:

My name is Daniel Mollet and I'm the newest member of the crew at Spaulding, having arrived in June shortly after graduating from the boatbuilding program at IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport, Rhode Island. Prior to learning how to build and restore wooden boats, I spent more than a decade as an itinerant English teacher and occasional journalist, and I'm looking forward to getting started with this class so as to bring my two careers more fully together. I love teaching and figuring out problems with students, and I think the Catspaw will be a great challenge for our course.

Contact: daniel@spauldingcenter.org