Learn Boatbuilding In St. Michaels This Winter


CBMM_AFAD_2013The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels has announced the winter/spring schedule for its Apprentice for a Day (AFAD) public boatbuilding program, with gift certificates available.

“The museum’s Apprentice for a Day program is one of a kind,” said CBMM’s Curator Pete Lesher. “What sets it apart is that it allows participants to sample any part of the boatbuilding process, although we welcome participation from keel to finish coat. We also do our best to tailor each class to the abilities our participants arrive with.”

During museum hours on Saturdays and Sundays from January 4 through June 8, program participants will be constructing a 17 ½ foot lapstrake sailing skiff. By constructing a boat from start to finish, traditional Chesapeake boatbuilding techniques will be taught to participants of all skill levels, under the direction of a CBMM professional shipwright.

AFAD participants can be a part of the whole 21-week process, or can sign up only for specific dates. The “Journeyman’s Special” package makes a great gift and includes any four days for one reduced price, and can diversify the experience to include several different skills.

Individual classes are $45 for museum members and $55 for non-members. The four-day “Journeyman’s Special” is $150 for CBMM members and $200 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Gift certificates are available for purchase at the Museum Store or by calling 410-745-4962. To register or for more information about the AFAD program, contact CBMM Boatyard Manager Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or email afad@cbmm.org. The complete Apprentice for a Day schedule can be downloaded by visiting www.cbmm.org/l_boatyard.htm.


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