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Wooden Boatbuilding Class & Raffle

Each year, DCMM hosts a wooden boatbuilding class, keeping alive the traditional maritime craft. Aspiring boat builders have an opportunity to learn firsthand skills of the age-old craft of building wooden boats. The class is open to beginners and experienced woodworkers, and includes about 25 days of instruction from  October through May.

For the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 classes, volunteer instructors Jerry McNamara, David Morgan and Bob Schottmuller selected a design for the students to build a 17′ Rangely.

When the class is completed, the boat crafted by students and instructors is raffled off for one lucky winner to take home and enjoy. The proceeds of the annual boat raffle benefit the Museum’s programming. Winners need not be present to win!

Tickets are 1 for $20 or 3 for $50. Only 1500 tickets are available!

WHERE WILL THE BOAT BE IN 2021?

May 2021 & in between events listed below: Wooden boat on display in Museum lobby, tickets on sale at admission desk throughout summer;
July 3-4: Baileys Harbor Independence Day celebrations;
July 29: Sturgeon Bay Sidewalk Sales 
August 13-15: Classic & Wooden Boat Festival at the Museum in Sturgeon Bay
September 4-5: Marina Fest, Sister Bay
September 18: Harvest Fest, Sturgeon Bay
September 25: Autumn Fest, Baileys Harbor
October 9: Pumpkin Patch, Egg Harbor *
October 15-16: Fall Fest, Sister Bay – raffle winner drawing.
(*Event attendance pending)

Past Boat Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Jerry Brey, the winner of the 2019 St. Lawrence River Skiff, and boat trailer donated by SkipperBud’s!

DCMM Wooden Boatbuilding Class History

  • 1998 Hull #1
  • 1999 14’ Duck Trap Wherry – Hull #2
  • 2000 15’ Wittholz Catboat – Hull #3
  • 2001 Shellback Dinghy – Hull #4
  • 2002 Wee Lassie – Hull #5
  • 2003 Pooduck Skiff – Hull #6
  • 2004 Nutshell Pram – Hull #7
  • 2005 Shellback Dinghy – Hull #8
  • 2006 Wee Lassie II – Hull #9
  • 2007 Lawton Tender – Hull #10
  • 2008 Acorn Dinghy – Hull #11
  • 2009 Shellback Dinghy – Hull #12
  • 2010 Cosine Wherry – Hull #13
  • 2011 Nutshell Pram – Hull #14
  • 2011 Pooduck Skiff – Hull #15
  • 2012 Abenaki Canoe – Hull #16
  • 2013 Beach Peapod Yacht Tender – Hull #17
  • 2014 Whitehall – Hull #18
  • 2015 Stickelback Dory – Hull #19
  • 2016 Whitehall – Hull #20
  • 2017 Merlin 16 Rowboat – Hull #21
  • 2018 Adirondack Guide Boat – Hull #22
  • 2019 Lawrence River Skiff – Hull #23
  • 2020 & 2021 Rangely ’17 – Hull #24

To join the Wooden Boatbuilding class as a student, volunteer to help the Museum sell raffle tickets at an event, or donate materials or funding to the class, please call the Museum office: 920-743-5958 or email: info@dcmm.org.