Family Boat Building Application

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

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 youngest 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 or email it separately to Dari Christenson ( If emailing, please write "Will email" in the essay section of the online application.

Confirm Acceptance:

Once your application and essay have been received and reviewed, you will be notified by Dari Christenson about acceptance into the program. Acceptance will happen on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Complete Payment

Total due: $2,500 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: Upon acceptance, checks should be made out to "UNH Marine Docent Program" and sent to:

UNH Marine Docent Program
The New England Center
15 Strafford Avenue
Durham, NH 03824

Questions? Please contact:

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


Contact Information

Application Essay

This must be written by the youngest member of your team.

Please tell us why you believe your family would benefit from participation in the UNH Marine Docent Family Boat Building Project. The information you provide here may be the only way we have to determine which families will benefit the most and do the most to make the program successful.

It is critical that the youth(s) be enthusiastic and able to concentrate and participate for three long days of building with the family. Include whatever your family believes is important.

(The text box is expandable) If you prefer to e-mail the essay, please send to and make a note in the text box below.


I understand and will abide by the schedules, rules and restrictions described in the Docent Family Boat Building Information Sheet including full family participation in, on and off the water training as well as construction.
I understand that children will be unable to attend school on the Friday of construction.
I further understand that photographs and video may be taken during construction and authorize the use of those photos and video images for publicity and publication purposes.
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