Boatbuilding & Restoration
Boatbuilding & Restoration | Accredited 20 month program | Enrolls in September
Master the craft and fundamentals behind restoring, building, and finishing classic wooden boats.
The IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration program will immerse you in the complete boatbuilding process where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from expert woodworkers and boatbuilders and work alongside fellow craftspeople. This program sets up students to thrive as highly skilled craftspeople in today’s job market.
The first year focuses on the restoration of a traditional plank-on-frame wooden boat. Students will restore and launch a Beetle CatTM, executing every element from research and documentation to hull measurement, lofting, drafting and half-model making, all while developing essential teamwork and project management skills. The highlight of the first year is Launch Day when students launch and sail their newly restored Beetle Cats in Newport Harbor.
The second year offers a larger challenge: restoring legends of American yacht design including Lawley, Herreshoff, Alden, Hunt, Stephens, and others. During this year, students refine their craftsmanship skills, undertake project management of the restoration, and work in teams to achieve the important goal of restoring a beautiful classic wooden yacht to the water.
IYRS provided extensive education in all things related to working on wooden boats; from lofting to planking and from fine joinery to project management. It allowed me to enter the wooden boat community with not only the theory, but the handson experience necessary to build, repair, and restore traditional wooden boats and yachts.”
- Craftsmanship & Artistry
- Hand & Power Tool Use
- Woodworking Processes & Techniques
- Shop Safety
- Material Properties
- Manual Drafting
- Introduction to CAD
- Plank-on-frame Restoration
- Photographic Documentation
- Business Acumen
- Project Management
- Teamwork & Communication
- Survey & Assessment
- Time Management
At IYRS, you’ll go beyond boatbuilding to receive a comprehensive education in marine woodworking. By mastering traditional and contemporary boatbuilding skills, you’ll be ready to tackle any woodworking challenge, from fine furniture making to historic restoration and preservation to home construction.