The IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration focuses on helping students master a time-honored craft based on the fundamentals of plank on frame construction and wooden boatbuilding. Gaining a fundamental understanding of the skills used by craftspeople can be an extraordinary beginning to mastering making techniques with any materials, traditional or modern.

Male boatbuilding studentIYRS students augment these capabilities with important career skills like project management, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Together, these skills prepare many graduates for careers in a broad range of fields. Throughout the 20-month program, with a
4-week internship, students receive training in the following areas:

  • Research and documentation
  • Hand and industrial equipment use
  • Drafting, lofting and CAD
  • Hull shape and development
  • Lamination
  • Joinery and general woodworking
  • Finish work and coatings
  • Project management
  • Business skills and critical thinking


Students are well-prepared for careers as a boatbuilder, carpenter, woodworker, joinery specialist, cabinet maker, curatorial specialist, and boat and yacht repair & restoration specialist.

Recent School of Boatbuilding & Restoration Job Placements

  • John’s Bay Boat Company
  • Billings Diesel & Marine
  • Moores Marine
  • Block Island Sailing Charters
  • Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Gallant Boat Builders
  • S/Y Ticonderoga
  • Coronet Restoration Partners
  • WoodenBoatWorks
  • Applewood Boatworks
  • Optuminsight
  • The Kayak Center
  • Trimarine Advanced Marine
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Vintage Boat Restoration, LLC
  • Robbe & Berking Classics
  • Artisan Boatworks
  • Baltic Boatworks
  • Taylor & Sneidiker Boatbuilding LLC
  • Bristol Boat Company
  • Boston Boatworks
  • Brooklyn Boatyard
  • S. Street Seaport Museum
  • Mystic Seaport Museum