Congratulations Apprentice Class of 2017!

On Friday, June 9, we celebrated the graduation of the Apprentice Class of 2016-17.  It was a fabulous day that included a boat launching, sending boats home with 2 very satisfied customers and a final exam (not too mention some incredible food)!   Congratulations Lily, Philippa, Ed, Doug, Cath, Tom, Kale, Cory, and Paul!

Fair winds and peace to you all.

Enjoy these photos of our final day together….

Captain Jim Barstow and his grandson Michael pick up Michael’s first boat! It was fun having Michael join us a few times to help build his own boat.
The apprentices built this beautiful Catspaw Dinghy and launched it on their last day.
Into the water in Round Pond!
It floats!!
Lead instructor on this project, Sarah Highland, take the first turn on the oars.
Paul takes his turn on the oars.
While the weather was gloomy, spirits were high. There is truly nothing like rowing a boat that you have built.


A very happy crew with their largest restoration project of the year.
On its trailer ready to head to Vermont with its overjoyed owner Doug who was a 2-month sabbatical minister with us at the beginning of the year.

And then came the final exam…

Amongst a number of other questions, which side of this board is a fair curve?

They got it right along with all of the other questions…. 100%!

And then, the next day, the apprentices began hitting the road.

Off goes Tom, all packed up and wearing his “diploma,” heading to Philadelphia where he will be doing a 6-week shipwright internship at the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River.

It was a fabulous year!