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In order to participate in Family Boat Building Weekend, eligible families must an online application and submit full payment. The application and payment must be received by the first week of May 2022 for the 2022 build.

1. Online Application and Essay

Age requirements: Each family must include at least one child age 12 or older. This program is not ideal for children younger than age 12 due to the attention span and physical work required; however exceptions have been made for eager, mature 10 and 11 year olds. Multi-generational families, extended families, and single parents are encouraged to apply.
Essay: Each family will be asked to submit a short essay (3-4 paragraphs) about why they would like to participate in Family Boat Building Weekend. The essay should be written by the child or children in the family. The purpose of the essay is to demonstrate to the event organizers that the youngest members of the family understand what the weekend entails and are genuinely interested in the boat building process. You can include the essay in the online application (blue button below), or email it separately to Dari Christenson ( If emailing, please write "Will email" in the essay section of the online application.


2. Confirm Acceptance:

Once your application and essay have been received and reviewed, you will be notified by Mark Wiley about acceptance into the program. Acceptance will happen on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Your check will not be cashed until you have been accepted and have confirmed your commitment to the program.

3. Complete Payment

Total due: $2,100 per family boat

To pay via credit card:  Upon acceptance, our staff will e-mail you a link to pay by credit card.

To pay via mail: Checks should be made out to "UNH Marine Docent Program" and sent to:

UNH Marine Docent Program
Family Boat Building
122 Mast Road
Lee, NH 03861

Questions? Please contact:

Dari Christenson
Marine Education Program Manager
NH Sea Grant & UNH Cooperative Extension
(603) 862-6701

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