Learn How to Build Wood/Epoxy Boats

If you’ve ever dreamed about building your own boat or simply wanted to learn how boats are made, then this is the class for you! During this hands-on class, you will learn many different techniques that you’ll need to put a kit boat together or to start a boat building project of your own with just a set of plans. You will also learn how to mix epoxy resin for different applications, how to laminate, how to wet-out fiberglass, and much, much more. The best part? No experience necessary!

Projects for 2020:

  1. Complete a Joel White designed Shellback sailing/rowing dinghy. This boat is about 11′ long and is made using glued plywood lapstrakes. The 2019 class constructed the basic hull, and the 2020 class will complete the interior with gunwales, knees, a daggerboard trunk, and seats.
  2. The construction of a 14′ single kayak will begin. The kayak’s hull will be made using plywood and the stitch-and-glue technique, while the deck will be strip-planked cedar. The inside and outside will then be sheathed with layers of fiberglass epoxy.


Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The class will begin on Monday, January 6 2020, and ends in early April 2020.


Gougeon Boat Shop, 100 Martin St. Bay City MI, 48706. (Boat shop is located behind the Gougeon main office)


SBCSA Membership (required): Adult $130/Family $220
Material fee: $70


Call 989-922-7245 or email executive.director@sbcsa.org for more information and to reserve a place in the class. The class is limited to 20 students.