CANCELLATION POLICY

Sometimes even our best laid plans get derailed – we get it. If you find you must cancel your registration for a class, workshop or program, please do so ASAP; we often limit the class size, and if you can’t attend, it’s possible someone else is waiting to take your place. If you cancel before the two-week out mark, you will get a full refund. If you cancel two weeks or fewer from the class/workshop/program start date, you will be credited the registration fee to use toward a future LBS class/workshop/program, less a $50 administration charge and any materials fees.

Often our classes/workshops/programs require a minimum number of participants to run. We reserve the right to cancel any class/workshop/program due to under-enrollment. We will do our best to give those that have registered a two-week notice of cancelation; of course all registrants will be refunded in full.

Oar Making Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 9AM-3PM

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17; 9AM-3PM both days

COST: $450 LBS Members; $495 Nonmembers (includes materials fee)

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

Come learn to make your own set of oars with Peter Stockless, a sailor and boat builder with 30 years of experience crafting custom oars and paddles. This three-day class will cover wood selection, oar layout, and patterning. Students will craft a functional pair of oars, sized for their use, over the duration of the course; students will be responsible for the final sanding and applying a coat of paint or varnish once the class is over.

Instructor:  Peter Stockless, of Stockless Oars and Paddles in York, Maine, is a sailor and boat builder with 30 years experience crafting custom oars and paddles.

Present Day, Traditional Sailmaking Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 9:30AM-12:30PM

COST: LBS Members: $175            Nonmembers: $195

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

 Join us for a half day workshop where we introduce the basics of present day traditional sailmaking. During the class we will measure, design, loft, and layout vertical-cut Oceanus sails for a Haven 12 1/2 built by Lowell’s Boat Shop Apprentices. The workshop will be led by 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Harold Burnham, Master Shipwright and Sailmaker.

*Please note: this is a skills workshop only and participants will not build their own sails.

*Also note: This class will be held at Burnham Boat Building, 11 Burnham Ct., Essex, MA.

Tools and Woodworking: The Basic Basics

WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 9am-4pm & SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 9am-3pm

$195 LBS Member; $215 Nonmember

plus $35 materials fee for both Members and Nonmembers

TOTAL COST: $230 LBS Member; $250 Nonmember

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

In this introduction to tools and woodworking we’ll begin with the most basic skills and concepts, and then build on that foundation. If you’re intimidated by tools and the idea of working with your hands, don’t worry — you can do this! The pace in the class will be relaxed and catered to the students’ needs and questions, including time to explore particular repair and woodworking issues. We’ll focus on understanding and using the common hand tools needed for home repair and basic woodworking projects, and then move on to simple power tools, drills and fasteners. Students will practice their new skills by building a basic toolbox.

Instructor: For over 40 years Bill Thomas has been a woodworker, designing and building custom projects — from cabinetry and furniture, to sailboats, powerboats, kayaks and canoes — for a wide range of clients. He teaches woodworking and boatbuilding in numerous locations around the country, including Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the WoodenBoat School in Maine, and Arrowmont in Tennessee, and offers online classes through Craftsy and Off Center Harbor.    www.billthomaswoodworking.com

 

Coastal Navigation with Jane Ahlfeld

WHEN: April 13, 2024

The workshop starts at 9AM and runs until noon; after a lunch break, the class will resume from 1-4PM.

COST: LBS Members: $110    Nonmembers: $120

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

Want to learn to make sense of the colors, symbols and numbers on nautical charts?  This one-day introduction to Coastal Navigation will give you hands-on experience in understanding the symbols on the charts, learning about aids to navigation, plotting courses with a variety of plotting tools, using lines of position to find a fix, and taking and finding your latitude and longitude to give or find a position. You will measure distances and use speed, time and distance calculations for a good dead reckoning.  There will be navigation exercises for practice.

Although there will be some navigational tools provided you are welcome to bring your own. If you have charts of your area, bring those along too.

Instructor: Jane Ahlfeld is a 30-year veteran teacher of sailing, seamanship and navigation at the WoodenBoat School in Maine. She teaches navigation on small boats and on the Schooner Mary Day out of Camden, Maine.  Jane has done a series of navigational videos for Off Center Harbor. With a background in elementary education she has the patience and understanding in how to introduce concepts in manageable bits.

 

 

Make Your Own Charcuterie Board! APRIL DATES

Back by popular demand! Pick from two class dates:

WHEN: Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23; 6-9PM both nights  OR  Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8; 6-9PM both nights

COST: $130 LBS Members; $145 Nonmembers (includes materials and charcuterie nosh!)

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

Come learn to make your own charcuterie board at Lowell’s Boat Shop! During the first meeting we’ll talk about wood selection, and then plane, shape and glue/clamp our boards. On the second night we’ll work on any last details, then sand and finish the boards with oil. Bethany Scalise from Shindig Events and Catering will then give a demonstration on how to set up an aesthetically pleasing board that will impress your guests.

Charcuterie Demo: Bethany Scalise and husband Sean Ryan launched Shindig Events and Catering in Newburyport in 2012.  Bethany and Sean have a passion for food, wine, parties and bringing people together.  Sean started his career as a chef and his greatest joy is spending time in the kitchen with family and friends. Bethany is a planner at heart and loves helping others plan and host their dream events. Bethany and Sean are passionate about the mission of Lowell’s Boat Shop and support LBS through fundraising events throughout the year.

Make Your Own Charcuterie Board! MAY DATES

Back by popular demand! Pick from two class dates:

WHEN: Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23; 6-9PM both nights  OR  Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8; 6-9PM both nights

COST: $130 LBS Members; $145 Nonmembers (includes materials and charcuterie nosh!)

(we will apply Member discount post registration & send notification we have done so)

Come learn to make your own charcuterie board at Lowell’s Boat Shop! During the first meeting we’ll talk about wood selection, and then plane, shape and glue/clamp our boards. On the second night we’ll work on any last details, then sand and finish the boards with oil. Bethany Scalise from Shindig Events and Catering will then give a demonstration on how to set up an aesthetically pleasing board that will impress your guests.

Charcuterie Demo: Bethany Scalise and husband Sean Ryan launched Shindig Events and Catering in Newburyport in 2012.  Bethany and Sean have a passion for food, wine, parties and bringing people together.  Sean started his career as a chef and his greatest joy is spending time in the kitchen with family and friends. Bethany is a planner at heart and loves helping others plan and host their dream events. Bethany and Sean are passionate about the mission of Lowell’s Boat Shop and support LBS through fundraising events throughout the year.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND ASSISTANCE

Lowell’s Boat Shop is committed to encouraging everyone to participate in our programs, and to ensuring that all feel welcome and included. We do our best to keep our pricing as reasonable as possible, but if you feel you can’t swing the registration fee for a particular class, workshop or event, please contact us and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Seafaring and Sail Training for Adults

When: Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 201th

Join us for a weekend sail training adventure aboard the wooden 131’ gaff-rigged schooner Harvey Gamage! A collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop and Sailing Ships Maine, this voyage offers the opportunity to cruise the Maine Coast as a member of the Gamage crew, helping to put the Schooner through her paces. Sail handling, navigation, watchstanding, and using the schooner’s safety and anchoring equipment will all be a part of your daily life at sea. Our itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to historic Jewell Island, occasions to observe marine mammals and sea birds up close, a talk about the Maine fisheries and aquaculture, and an evening of stargazing with an astronomy buff. Enjoy delicious meals and restful nights at anchor — interrupted only by your night watch, a memorable experience.

Space is limited. Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME (dinner will be served on board)

  • Disembark Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME

  • Fee of $595 per person ($1090 per couple) includes 3 meals per (full) day (dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). While adult beverages will be allowed at dinner (BYOB), the hands-on nature of this distinctive program requires that participants be mindful and aware at all times while on watch.

  • Due to the uncertainties presented by the Covid-19 epidemic, we are not requiring deposits at this time. You are welcome to register to hold your spot without any financial obligation; once we are able to confirm, we will connect with you and request payment. Click on the FREE ticket to hold your spot.

Please note: If you are looking for an experience with no sail training involved, we will be offering opportunities to sail and stay onboard the Harvey Gamage during the Gloucester Schooner Festival (September 4-6); details coming soon.