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Your family can build this wonderful sailboat in just 3 days. Join us!

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Application Period: Open now! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

Cost of Program: $2,000 per family. Cost includes all materials, instruction, and assistance required to build your own a 12ft Oyster River Cat sailboat.

Mandatory Intro Session: Thursday, May 16, 2019 (evening)

Build Dates: Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sailing Lesson Date: TBA


Family boat building is grounded in the belief that families and multi-generational groups will bond and grow together by completing a grand project together. In the past thirteen years, we have helped 66 families get on the water together and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Participating families experience the joy and pride of watching a pile of lumber grow into a beautiful and useful boat through their own efforts. In the process, they grow as a family while they:

  • Develop woodworking and teamwork skills
  • Learn about our marine heritage and the natural resources of our coastal and estuarine environment, and
  • Learn safe on-the-water practices

In the spring of 2019, we will build the Oyster River Cat, a 12' sailboat. A professionally made sail is included. The marine plywood hull has a 5' beam that easily carries two adults or even three in light wind. She is equally adept as a row boat for calm days at the lake.

A day of sailing instruction in June at Mendums Pond in Barrington, NH is included in the price of the program. The instructors of the UNH Community Sailing Program will provide a morning of on-shore rigging, safety, and basic theory, followed by an afternoon of on-the-water practice in your new boat.

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.

Questions? If you would like more information or want to be considered as a participant, please contact:

Mark Wiley
Assistant Director for Education
NH Sea Grant & UNH Cooperative Extension
mark.wiley@unh.edu
(603) 862-6702