Openings Remain for Maritime Museum Boatbuilding Class

Aspiring boat builders still have an opportunity to gain first-hand skills in the age-old craft when the Door County Maritime Museum’s annual boat building class gets underway Oct. 19 at the museum in Sturgeon Bay.


The class is open to beginners as well as experienced woodworkers. Only two spots remain for the upcoming class in the cedar strip construction project.

Volunteer instructors Bob Schottmuller and David Morgan have selected a Whitehall because this boat is slightly narrower than a boat with a traditional skeg and displays an elegant “wine glass” transom. Noted for being fast, seaworthy, and capable of carrying a large load, Whitehalls were the workhorse of commercial ports in the 19th century. Fitted with double oarlocks and when rowed in tandem, the Whitehall is a quick straight-tracking bullet. The classic smooth lines of the craft, coupled with the fluid rowing motion of the oarsman, are guaranteed to turn heads.

“Hull #18 continues the museum’s long-standing tradition of teaching the wooden boatbuilding craft, keeping the maritime tradition alive,” says Trudy Herbst, the museum’s director of development. “The class has built a variety of boats such as the Abenaki Canoe, Beach Peapod, Cosine Wherry, and Lawton Tender.”

Classes are on Saturdays, October through Thanksgiving and will resume after New Year’s Day. Class registration for Maritime Museum members is $325 and $425 for non-members. The finished boat will be the grand prize in the museum’s annual fundraising raffle to fund the non-profit organization’s daily operations.

Call the museum at 920.743.5958 for additional information or to enroll for the class.