Boat Building Class & Raffle

Boatbuilding Class

Each year the museum hosts a wooden boatbuilding class, keeping this maritime tradition alive. Aspiring boat builders have an opportunity to gain firsthand skills in the age-old craft of building wooden boats. 

The class is open to beginners as well as experienced woodworkers and includes roughly 25 days of instruction between October and May.

The proceeds of the boat raffle benefit the museum’s Operating Fund and at the same time offers you a chance to win over 45 incredible prizes. The raffle drawing will be held during Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor over Columbus Day weekend. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available for purchase at our Sturgeon Bay location or at most Door County festivals throughout the summer. 

2017 Merlin
This year’s boatbuilding project will be raffled off with the grand prize being the class’s 16’ Merlin rowboat, the museum’s Hull #021.

Volunteer instructors Jerry McNamara, David Morgan and Bob Schottmuller selected the Merlin for its ability to row single or double for lots of family fun. Built of 6 mm marine grade ply, she weights a bit under 100 pounds.

Like her sister, Peregrine, Merlin handles well in open water, boat wakes and such easily. She can also take a small outboard or electric motor on the transom.  For more information about the boat raffle, click here.

Boatbuilding Brochure

Boatbuilding Class Brochure
Door County Maritime Museum Boat Building Class

2013 class built a Beach Peapod

Door County Maritime Museum Boat Building Class

2012 class built an Abenaki canoe