New Program Teaches Boatbuilding to Maine Students

Photos courtesy Wooden Boat Magazine, Peter Nesbit.

Carl Cramer, publisher of Woodenboat Magazine, has announced details of the company’s newest effort to stimulate boatbuilding and rowing skills to Downeast Maine high school students.

Photo courtesy Wooden Boat Magazine, Chris Perkins.

“This is our pilot program: to involve students from 3 area high schools to build and then row their very own boats,” said Cramer. “We are honored to announce that shop and marine program students from Deer Isle-Stonington High School (Deer Isle), George Stevens Academy (Blue Hill), and Sumner High School (East Sullivan) will be joining in this first effort. I fully expect the parameters of this program to be adopted on a nationwide basis, by high schools and communities alike. We are calling the program WoodenBoat BARC (Boatbuilding & Rowing Challenge).”

The boat chosen for this program is the 22-foot St. Ayles Skiff. Designed by acclaimed yacht designer Iain Oughtred and engineered by Jordan Boats (both in Scotland), this design has already captured acceptance throughout Scotland, where communities have begun building them this year in order to bring communities together in the building and rowing process. The boats each have a crew of 5.

The Deer Isle-Stonington High School marine program students will begin building their boat in late October, once the first kit has been cut. “The goal is to get all 3 boats launched and competing against each other in early June 2011,” said Cramer.

The Landing School of Arundel, Maine, will contribute their support and expertise to the new program. A representative from the Landing School will visit each group of students to offer guidance and encouragement.

The following companies are donating products to the program:

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