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Building Small Lapstrake Boats with Eric Hvalsoe: Course 4

  • The Center for Wooden Boats 1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

Learn to build a traditional lapstrake sailing dinghy this summer. In this two-part series, famed designer and builder Eric Hvalsoe will build his 16’ combination sail/row boat with students. This course is perfect for people who are interested in learning about wooden boatbuilding, but don’t have the time to attend a full year boat school. Over the course of two weeks students will build a new boat, assembling the building frame, molds and backbone. The hull will be planked cedar lapstrake over the molds, turned upright and framed out. Students will rabbet, spile, steam planks and oak ribs, and pattern and bevel complex components. Ring nails, wood screws, and copper clench nails will be used throughout the construction, as well as the finest lumber. Boatbuilding experience is not a prerequisite – typically student experience and skills vary widely, all part of the fun. Once completed this boat will be rented in our Livery.

The materials for this project were funded in Memory of David Allman. 

Course 3: Lapstrake Boatbuilding. August 31 - September 2, 2019. Prices have been significantly reduced to $300 Members and $250 Non-Members. Max 6 students. In this course we will build the hull of the Hvalsoe 16. These upcoming classes will focus on the interior joinery needed to complete the vessel including constructing the centerboard trunk, breasthook, knees, risers, rudder, thwarts, and sole. We will be working with mahaogany, teak, and yellow cedar to complement the old growth red cedar hull.  Register →


Eric Hvalsoe has more than 30 years of experience in small wooden craft design and construction, marine carpentry and fine woodworking. Trained as a professional boatwright, Hvalsoe has also taught students around the world in the finer points of wooden boat construction.

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