Sausalito’s Spaulding Wooden Boat Center offers middle and high school students an apprenticeship in traditional boatbuilding and sailing. Apprentices learn woodworking skills and techniques in a working boatyard. Throughout the year-round Youth Program, apprentices will:
Build a wooden sailboat in the Bay Area’s oldest wooden boatyard.
Experience sailing on San Francisco Bay.
Learn about the local environment and history of the bay.
Apprentices who complete the program will become skilled builders, confident sailors, and knowledgeable environmental stewards.
Our Program is ongoing and we accept students throughout the year.
We are constructing the “Doreen” a boat designed by Bob Darr, Director of the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding. The “Doreen”, under good weather conditions, is an ideal rowing and sailing boat.
As we build the ”Doreen”, apprentices will receive sailing instructions and will participate in outdoor and maritime activities such as kayaking, learning about tides & currents, visiting the Bay Model and participating in wooden boat shows.
Youth Program Objectives
Traditional boatbuilding and sailing provides an exceptional opportunity to meet our program objectives:
Provide fun and educational hands-on experiences Prepare youth for future success Preserve and share maritime skills and traditions with a new generation Foster environmental awareness and stewardship
Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
Our curriculum is experiential and student-centered. Rather than employing lectures and clinics, all lessons are integrated into hands-on building and sailing experiences.
Our teachers and mentors are a unique group of highly qualified educators and boat builders.
All youth are required to complete a short application.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Tuition is $100 per month.
Scholarships are provided to those in need and can be arranged by talking to Ron Liskey, Youth Program Director