Registration open for Family Boat Building Workshop

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As warmer days approach, families can spend the summer sailing in a boat they built together. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Family Boat Building Workshop sponsored by the UNH Marine Docents.

During the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, six families will each build an “Oyster Cat” 12-foot sailboat which can safely carry a family of three for a day on quiet water and make memories for a lifetime.

Three family members hammer inside a wooden sailboat.

“This program gives each family the joy of completing a complex task together and a means of enjoying our marine resources,” said Mark Wiley, N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension assistant director for education.

Eligible families must include one or two adults and at least one child age 12 to 20. No prior woodworking experience beyond basic skills using hand tools required. An experienced docent boat builder will assist each family. Single parents, “all thumbs” candidates, and extended families are all welcome to participate.

Two young adults learn to sail a boat.

The program fee of $1,900 includes all boat-building materials and a professionally made sail. Space is limited to six families. For complete information and a program application, visit or call Mark Wiley at 603.862.6702. Applications are reviewed and potentially accepted on a “rolling admissions” basis; the final deadline is April 18, 2016.

UNH Marine Docents are a group of trained volunteers dedicated to the preservation and wise use of marine resources. They are sponsored by the N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer