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.

Finishing Out Small Boats

WHEN: February 19-20 & 26-27

This course is held over two consecutive weekends, February 19-20 and February 26-27.  Class runs from 8:30am – 5pm each day, with a half day on the final Sunday.

Lowell’s Boat Shop Members: $365; Nonmembers: $395

In this 4-day class, we’ll finish out the build details on the Shellback Dinghy that was built in the Introduction to Boat Building class in November. This is a great opportunity to develop the skills learned while building the Shellback hull. It is also a fine stand-alone class for those wanting to learn basic woodworking and delve into the mysteries of boat building. It’s not a requirement to have taken the first class to participate in this one — there’s lots to learn and everyone is most welcome.

We will concentrate on the skills needed to finish out small boats with a focus on the outwells, breasthooks, thwarts, knees, and prepping the boat for paint and varnish. General woodworking skills will be covered, as well as the process of understanding how to design and execute the sometimes complex joinery needed to finish out boats.

Open to all skill levels. This is a 4-day class, held over 2 consecutive weekends. At the end of the class the boat will be raffled off for the cost of materials.

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

 

Build Your Own Plymouth Rock’r Rocking Boat

WHEN: Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6

9AM-5PM Friday and Saturday; 9AM-1PM Sunday

LBS Members: $220; Nonmembers: $245

Materials fee: $175 (same for both Members & Nonmembers)

Total cost: LBS Members: $395; Nonmembers: $420

In this class, each student will build their own Plymouth Rock’r, a children’s rocking inspired by the design of traditional banks fishing dories. In building this glued lapstrake dory, students will learn how to shape the bottom, stem and transom; determine bevel angles; and spile and shape planks. Students will also fashion the breasthook and stern knees, as well as the seat and rockers. Students will complete building their Plymouth Rock’r in this 3-day class.

Instructor: Bob Fuller is a 3rd generation master craftsman. He owns South Shore Boatworks, and specializes in building traditional wooden ships wheels and patternmaking for bronze hardware, as well as building and restoration of wooden small craft. Bob teaches classes at the WoodenBoat School and teaches in his shop. He has demonstrated his skills at National Park Service events, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, and The Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Bob lives in Plymouth, MA with his wife Peggy, and is teaching his daughter Christina to be a 4th generation wheel builder.

Building the Fox Canoe

WHEN: Two consecutive three-day weekends, March 11-13 and March 18-20

Tuition: $750  LBS Members get 10% discount: $675

The cost for the kit is $1,485 (for both LBS members and nonmembers).

Total class cost: LBS Member: $2,160        Nonmember: $2,235

Please call the Shop if you’d like to pay in installments – a $500 non-refundable deposit will be required at time of registration. Member discounts will be refunded after you register.  A minimum of four students is required to run this class; we reserve the right to cancel due to under-enrollment.

This class will be taught by the boat’s designer, Bill Thomas. Students will each have an assembled boat, ready for final sanding and finishing, at the end of the class.

Class begins Friday morning at 8:30am with a brief orientation and overview of what we will accomplish during class time. We’ll work until about 6:00 each evening, and should finish early in the afternoon on Sunday, March 20. Family-built boats or builders with partners are welcome.

Fox is a decked double-paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters along the coast and for mountain lakes. With an 80” long cockpit, Fox is a grand boat for hunting, fishing and trips with a dog or young child seated forward of the paddler. Two accessible watertight compartments add flotation and dry gear storage. There’s ample room for a camping kit. A rotating seat back and caned seat ensure all day paddling comfort. Fox is 14’7” long with a beam of 30″; the finished weight is just over 40 pounds. For more information please follow this link: http://www.billthomaswoodworking.com/fox-canoe-boat-design-detail.html.

Building the Fox to a high standard takes about 80 hours, including paint and varnish. In a six-day building class the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home. (Once they have the boats home, students will need to provide their own sandpaper, paint, varnish and finishing supplies.) At the end of class all students will have Bill Thomas’s contact information and access to the 21-part building video on the Fox design.

In a review featured in Wooden Boats annual Small Boats issue Mike O’Brien commented on Fox’s handling. “Fox appears to have just the right amount of directional stability. It likes to keep going where we point it, yet it turns easily and predictably.” I’m not sure what more to ask for in a small boat.

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 Workshop

March 19, 9AM-4PM

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

LBS Members: $110; Nonmembers: $120

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 them 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 patience and understands how to introduce concepts in manageable bits.

 

Patternmaking for Bronze Hardware

WHEN: Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3

9AM-5PM, with a half day on Sunday

Tuition: LBS Members: $220; Nonmembers: $245

Materials fee: $50 (same for both Members & Nonmembers)

Total cost: LBS Members: $270; Nonmembers: $295

In this class students will have the opportunity to create wood patterns that are used in the sandcasting process to make custom bronze hardware such as cleats, chocks and rudder hardware. Students will learn the basics of patternmaking, including the importance of accounting for the effects of metal shrinkage, draft and machining in making an accurately sized wood pattern for a bronze casting that will become finished hardware.               

During this 3-day class, students can expect to create 2-3 wood patterns that can then be cast in bronze at local foundries.

Instructor: Bob Fuller is a 3rd generation master craftsman. He owns South Shore Boatworks, and specializes in building traditional wooden ships wheels and patternmaking for bronze hardware, as well as building and restoration of wooden small craft. Bob teaches classes at the WoodenBoat school and teaches in his shop. He has demonstrated his skills at National Park Service events, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, and The Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Bob lives in Plymouth, MA with his wife Peggy, and is teaching his daughter Christina to be a 4th generation wheel builder.

Lofting Workshop with Douglas Brooks

WHEN: April 30-May 1; 9:00am – 4:30pm each day

LBS Members: $235; nonmembers $260

Lofting is an essential first step in traditional boatbuilding. Working from plans and a table of offsets, boatbuilders draw the lines of a boat full-size, traditionally on a mould loft floor. The drawing ensures all lines are fair in the construction of the moulds around which the boat is planked. The lofting also provides many other details of value to the builder, such as the exact shape of the stem rabbet and plank bevels.

Lofting also allows the builder the ability to work from hundreds of plans available from institutions such as Mystic Seaport and the Smithsonian.

In this class students will work at a table height lofting two or more boats. We will also cover half model making, the precursor to lofting, and go over how to move from lofting to building moulds. Printed material will be provided to further reinforce what is learned in the workshop. No prior experience is necessary. Students should bring pencils, a carpenter’s square and a yardstick if possible.

Instructor: Douglas Brooks is a boat builder, writer and researcher. He specializes in small boats built to traditional designs and he has taught boatbuilding across the United States and Japan. He has also studied traditional Japanese boat building since 1996, having apprenticed with seven different boatbuilders throughout the country. He has written for WoodenBoat magazine, Maritime Life and Traditions, and Classic Boat among other publications. His fourth book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, is the first comprehensive survey of the craft published in any language. His work can be seen at his website www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com

 

Painting and Varnishing with Gary Lowell

Saturday, August 20 from 9-3 and Sunday, August 21 from 10-2

LBS Members: $195; Nonmembers: $215

Marine finishing requires a lot of careful preparation, good technique, and an understanding of marine coatings. Gary Lowell will present two information-packed days of painting and varnishing. He starts with surface preparation, including techniques for sanding, to help make the job less tedious. You will learn how to choose the right brush and several brushing techniques. You’ll also learn how to protect yourself so you can get a beautiful finish and stay healthy at the same time. Students are encouraged to bring small projects such as a hatch or seat to use as practice in class. Please check with the shop staff prior to bringing your project.

OUTLINE:

Introductions

Safety Rules – dust control & chemical use

Surface Prep – paint and varnish removal, sanders and sanding techniques, & fairing putties and fillers

Brushes and Brushing Techniques – brushing & rolling and tipping

Applying Paint and Varnish

Specialty Products – masking, bleaching, staining, teak finishes, & wet sanding and buffing

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Gary Lowell is a descendant of the Lowells who founded Lowell’s Boat Shop.  He is the president of Lowell Boats Inc.in Greensboro, NC, an award-winning boatshop specializing in classic runabout restoration. Gary teaches painting and varnishing at the WoodenBoat School and is a long-time friend of LBS.

for more info visit https://lowellboats.weebly.com/

 

 

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.

Build Your Own Fox Double Paddle Canoe with Bill Thomas

This class, offered over two consecutive three-day weekends (November 6-8 and 13-15), will be taught by the boat’s designer Bill Thomas. Students will each have an assembled boat, ready for final sanding and finishing, at the end of the class.

 

Tuition: $750 (LBS Members get a 10% discount)

The cost for the kit is $1,485 for both members and non-members (no member discount).

Total registration cost:   LBS Members: $2,160    Nonmembers: $2,235

 

Class begins Friday morning at 8:30am with a brief orientation and overview of what we will accomplish during class time. We’ll work until about 6:00 each evening, and should finish early in the afternoon on Sunday, November 15. Family-built boats or builders with partners are welcome.

Fox is a decked double paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters along the coast and for mountain lakes. With an 80” long cockpit, Fox is a grand boat for hunting, fishing and tripping with a dog or young child seated forward of the paddler. Two accessible watertight compartments add flotation and dry gear storage. There’s ample room for a camping kit. A rotating seat back and caned seat insure all day paddling comfort. Fox is 14’7” long with a beam of 30″; the finished weight is just over 40 pounds. For more information please follow this link: http://www.billthomaswoodworking.com/fox-canoe-boat-design-detail.html.

Building the Fox to a high standard takes about 80 hours, including paint and varnish. In a six-day building class the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home. (Once they have the boats home, students will need to provide their own sandpaper, paint, varnish and finishing supplies.) At the end of class all students will have Bill Thomas’s contact information and access to the 21-part building video on the Fox design.

In a review featured in Wooden Boats annual Small Boats issue Mike O’Brien commented on Fox’s handling. “Fox appears to have just the right amount of directional stability. It likes to keep going where we point it, yet it turns easily and predictably.” I’m not sure what more to ask for in a small boat.

www.billthomaswoodworking.com