hand built wooden boat that can be propelled with oars or a motor, floating on a lake

Tickets are on sale for the Museum’s annual Wooden Boat Raffle. In 2021, we’re raffling off a 17’ Rangeley Lake Boat, hand-crafted by the Museum’s 2020/2021 Wooden Boatbuilding Class instructors and students. This one-of-a-kind, gorgeous wooden boat comes with a trailer generously donated by American Marine and Motor Sports.

Purchase tickets, and you’re helping the Museum support and pass down this maritime craft and skills to upcoming generations. Tickets for chances to win the boat are sold for $20 each or 3 for $50. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold for this boat! Buy yours at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. 

The 17′ Rangeley Lake Boat is regularly on display in first floor lobby at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The boat is scheduled to make appearances at events during the 2021 festival season, including Baileys Harbor July 4th celebration, Sturgeon Bay Sidewalk Sales, Fall Fest in Sister Bay, and more! The winning tickets will be drawn Saturday, October 16 at 4pm, at Sister Bay’s Fall Festival. (Winners need not be present to win.)

The Rangeley Lake Boat took approximately 1,500 hours to complete. The 16’6″ hull is made of Western Red Cedar strips. The rest of the boat is made from a variety of woods, including Laminated Mahogany, White Ash, White Oak, Cherry and Western Red Cedar. The boat weighs about 100lbs and has a capacity of 550lbs. Hand-carved oars and oarlocks included.

Throughout the winter, sawdust and saw noises emanate from the corner shop on the first floor of the Museum, a small room with a few windows and double doors hung with a wooden sign, “Jim’s Boat Building Shop, Est. 1997”. Our volunteer class leaders – Jerry McNamara, David Morgan and Bob Schottmuller – lead their students through the process of building a wooden boat by hand. A different style of boat is chosen by the instructors each year. This is the 24th hull the wooden boatbuilding class has created, and donated the proceeds to benefit the Museum.

The class welcomes students of all skill levels to sign up – beginners to master craftsmen – and includes roughly 25 days of instruction between October to May. Aspiring boat builders have an opportunity to gain ­firsthand skills in the age-old craft of building wooden boats. Registration for the next boatbuilding workshop will open in September 2021. Contact the Maritime Museum for additional details.