The Boatbuilding & Restoration program 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 5-week externship, students receive training in the following areas:

• Traditional and Modern Tool Use
• Research and Documentation
• Material Properties
• Drafting and Lofting
• Finding and Recovering Hull Shape
• Computer-Aided-Design (CAD)
• Joinery
• Spar Making
• Surveying and Costing
• Project Management

 

Sample of Boatbuilding & Restoration Externship & Career Outcomes

  • Arey’s Pond Boatyard
  • Artisan Boatworks
  • Baltic Boatworks
  • Boston Boatworks
  • Bristol Boat Company
  • Bristol Marine
  • Brooklyn Boatyard
  • Built, Inc.
  • Chantier du Guip
  • Grain Wood Shop
  • The Hinckley Company
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • J. Thompson Marine Carpentry
  • J.W. Swan Boatworks
  • John’s Bay Boat Company
  • Loughborough Marine Interests, LLC
  • Makai, Inc.
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Newport Shipyard
  • North Country Boatworks
  • O&G Studio
  • Redd’s Pond Boatworks
  • Rutherford Boat Shop (Coronet)
  • Snediker Yacht Restoration and Boatbuilding
  • Teakdecking Systems
  • S/Y Ticonderoga
  • Van Dam
  • Wind and Oar Boat School
  • Wooden BoatWorks