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. At the Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS), students will learn team work while building the whaleboat.
The process begins with the preliminary work being done by second-year students, while the first-year students are being introduced to classic woodworking skills, which involves building their toolboxes and being introduced to the fundamentals of lofting.
Second-year students will continue on with the next step, which is using the lofting lines to make the molds representing the hull shape, then setting the molds up in a building jig. Once the second-year students have completed the building jig, the actual boat construction begins with the building of the backbone. Students will also learn how to choose the appropriate fasteners, and to properly install them in both the process of planking and framing.


The Great Lakes Boat Building School, located in the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, offers a highly rated educational program designed to teach quality wooden boat building skills and preserve craftsmanship. The programs focus on hands-on training in traditional and modern boat construction, repair, and mechanical system maintenance.
Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Second-year students, having learned the required lofting skills in their first year, will loft the whaleboat to establish its full-size lines, which then will be used to form the necessary references and patterns required for accurately building this boat to the Beetle design.
The building jig is designed for building the whaleboat right-side up, and also to allow plenty of height underneath for working on the bottom of the whaleboat.
Students will learn how the shape and install these critical parts, as well as shaping and installing the sculptured oak bow chocks that are unique to the whaleboat. Graduates will have the skills needed to work for companies in boat building, boat repair or woodworking. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).


In this process, they will gain more experience in constructing a bending jig, as well as the steam bending process involved in bending the stem and sternpost. Students will learn more about choosing the correct woods and grain patterns for steam bending frames.
When the stem and stern post have been bent to shape, students will learn how to layout and carve the rabbet into the stem and sternpost and assemble them together on the building jig to form the backbone of the whaleboat. In going through the process of steam bending, in this case the frames are pre-bent on a mold, just as was done with the original whaleboats, followed by laying out, shaping and notching for the battens, and finally installing them.



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