Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America.

“A National Historic Landmark and working museum, Lowell’s is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building.”

Woodworking for Families

Monday, February 18th – Wednesday, February 20th. Looking for something fun to do with your kids during school vacation? Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4PM for our Woodworking for Families workshop! Experienced instructors will teach you and your children how to build a birdhouse using traditional hand tools. The kids will learn basic woodworking skills, and get lots of hands on practice. We’ll have enough instructors to handle a range of age groups; children must be accompanied by an adult. (Charge is per child, adult supervisors are free.) Give us a call if you have questions or concerns.

Check Out Our Exciting New Program!


Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

July 7 – 12

This sail training voyage — a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop, Maritime Gloucester, Tall Ships Maine and Ocean Passages — offers teens the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll spend a week aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship, sail handling, and leadership. Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop will Captain the vessel for our trip; Amanda Madeira of Gloucester Maritime will serve as First Mate.

Participants are set challenging but achievable goals, requiring them to apply new skills in an environment that often takes them outside their comfort zone. The hands-on nature of this distinctive program encourages independence and a sense of achievement that increases levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. A week at sea offers the perfect opportunity for kids to unplug and truly engage with the world around them!

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Sunday, July 7, 2019 between 3-4PM in Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Disembark Friday July 12, 2019 at 11AM in Portland, Maine
  • Fee of $1,100 includes 3 meals per day, fuel, crew, docking fees, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration; balance due May 1. A limited number of scholarships are available.

You Are Invited to Our 2019 Winter Speaker Series!

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Lowell’s is proud to offer a variety of classes for all levels of experience – from the beginner to the experienced builder. Our class offerings can be found here.

Our 2018-2019 Apprenticeship is underway!

Our new project is nearly underway, keep an eye on our current projects page for updates.

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