Boat Building

The Watermen’s Museum Boat Building Projects

Unique to The Watermen’s Museum


The art and science of wooden boats is both fascinating and enticing. Whether by “rack of eye” or the thorough process of lofting from a Table of Offsets and plans, the process of creating a boat from raw materials is an activity that has been done along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for hundreds of years.

The Watermen’s Museum Boat Building Program is quickly becoming a place where people with a passion for wooden boats can become part of the process of creating these beautiful craft.


web Passagemaker-StaubThe boat building program was reinvigorated a few years ago through the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers. since that time, the boat building teams have completed construction of an 1880’s crab skiff (sharpie) and multiple rowing skiffs after a design by Kunhardt (1873), as well as a stitch-n-glue Chesapeake Lightcraft Dinghy.

While our plans for the future include a formal training program, we’re presently structured as a “come as you are” program.  You could assist our volunteer boat building teams with projects such: as building a 14-foot cedar skiff, refurbishing a 1940s juniper rowing skiff, stabilizing an 18-foot wooden menhaden skiff, or building a replica 18th century oak gunboat on our beach

Workshop Times/Dates
The boat building crew works varying hours, but most often on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Watch a Video About a Boatbuilding or Restoration Project
 1.  YouTube Video About our Juniper Skiff Restoration (Courtesy WMBG Radio)

2. YouTube Video of Jaycees’ Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta (Courtesy John Broadwater)