Located in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina along the Cape Fear River, CFCC’s boat building school offers two programs designed to teach students the fundamentals to work in the boat building and repair industry.
Emphasizes fiberglass and composite boat building techniques along with training in marine finishes and paints, marine electrical, plumbing and rigging systems. Focuses on traditional woodworking skills and precise wood joinery techniques needed to work in boat building or woodworking trades.
The Boat Manufacture and Service program prepares students for employment in industries that use modern fiberglass boat construction techniques. This one-year diploma program is offered on the banks of the historic Cape Fear river in downtown Wilmington, NC. Students find employment in commercial boat building industries, building boats using modern fiberglass techniques.
Saturday, December 13, 2014 to Sunday, December 14, 2014The Contemporary Boat Building Carpentry Class teaches skills essential for building round-bottomed boats.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. The programs focus on hands-on training in traditional and modern boat construction, repair, and mechanical system maintenance. Additionally, students are taught the fundamentals of boat service in the disciplines of plumbing, electrical, and engine systems. As an accredited institution, students at Cape Fear Community College are eligible for financial aid. With our courses on electrical, plumbing and engine systems students also find employment in ship yards, dealerships, and commissioning yachts.
Students learn to derive shapes of frames and planks, plank both carvel and lapstrake hulls, and understand traditional construction techniques. Smith Watercraft Center, located across the street from the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Smith Watercraft Center (shown above) carries on the rich boatbuilding heritage of North Carolina coast through wooden boat building classes.
Graduates will have the skills needed to work for companies in boat building, boat repair or woodworking. They also examine and experience the properties of various boatbuilding materials, the advantages and limitations of different construction styles, and the properties of the range of fasteners and adhesives for boat construction. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads.

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