Spaulding Youth Boatbuilding Apprentice Program

Apply now to join the program!

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.

Kayaking day on Richardson bay

Adrian working on the
Spaulding 16 stem

Sailing on a boat built by
the Youth Program.

Classes are held Saturdays, 10:00 am– 3:00 pm

Youth Program Calendar

Youth Boatbuiding Meetup Group

Our Program is ongoing and we accept students throughout the year.

Current Activities

Saturday Class
Our Saturday class has begun constructing of a new Doreen. This traditional, lapstrake construction dory was designed by Bob Darr, Director of the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, specifically for our youth program. The Doreen is ideal for rowing and sailing. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Academy
Students in our Martin Luther King Jr. Academy class are working on their boat models. We are also taking them sailing in partnership with Cas Gidley Marina.

Bodega Bay Fishermen's Festival, Saturday, April 26
We have entered youth teams in the Wooden Boat Challenge The race occurs at the Bodega Bay Fishermen's Festival on Saturday, April 26. For more information about this great festival, see

Spaulding Youth Boatbuilding Apprentice Program

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

Teaching philosophy
Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
~Chinese Proverb

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.

Application Process
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

Download the application (PDF)
Youth Apprentice Program Application
Youth Program Flyer
The application form can be viewed and completed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Contact Us
All interested youth, families and educators may contact:

Ron Liskey, Youth Program Director

Spaulding Wooden Boat Center
Foot of Gate Five Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-332-3179 Center office
415-332-3821 Fax




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