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.

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.

Carving Holiday Ornaments with Guy Shepard

WHEN: This class runs over two days, Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15 from 1-3pm each day

LBS Members: $85           Nonmembers: $95

This class will teach and utilize both carving and whittling techniques in the making of holiday ornaments. There will be a review of traditional woodcarving tools and the proper way to use them, as well as the species of wood best suited for woodcarving projects. Students will complete at least two ornaments during class time, and will learn how to make many more with the tools and materials they have at home. Registration fee includes materials.

Instructor: Guy Shepard has been carving for over 20 years. He learned his craft from some of the Masters in the field including Betty Padden (author of 4 books on carving and a monthly contributor to Carving illustration magazine), John C. Campbell, Benoi Deschenes in Canada, and several others. Guy has worked as a professional forester and arborist for 50 years and many of his carvings utilize the wood from trees he’s cut down.

 

 

Build Your Own Plymouth Rock’r Rocking Boat

WHEN: Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22

Friday and Saturday 9AM-5PM; Sunday 9AM-4PM

LBS Members: $250; Nonmembers: $275

Materials fee: $255 (same for both Members & Nonmembers)

Total cost: LBS Members: $505; Nonmembers: $530

In this class, each student will build their own Plymouth Rock’r, a children’s rocking “chair” inspired by the design of the traditional Banks Dory. 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 WoodenBoatSchool and 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 McKenzie River Dory

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

9AM-5PM; Sunday 9AM-1PM

LBS Members: $875; Nonmembers: $960

A century after the iconic Banks Dory was born at Lowell’s Boat Shop, a different dory was evolving on the rivers of Oregon. The McKenzie River Drift Boat—or River Dory—resembles its oceanic cousin above waterline, but it has a far broader bottom and upturned ends for shallow draft and ease of maneuverability. It is the consummate hard-hulled boat for swiftwater travel, and is increasingly popular throughout the country and the world.

For this class we will build Woodie Hindman’s 1940s 16’ Double Ender with Transom—the forebear of nearly all driftboats and river dories. We will start with a small set of numbers—called a Table of Offsets—loft the design in full scale, build all the components and build the boat (two if the class is big enough). On the second weekend we’ll finish the interior, paint it, and row it below the shop on the Merrimack River. Along the way we will identify and solve the myriad problems that are inevitable in boatbuilding. At the end of the course we will raffle off the boat(s) for the cost of materials.

Students in this course will come away with the skills to build a variety of river dories with only rudimentary plans and simple tools. And have an absolute blast along the way.

Instructors:

Brad Dimock comes from a long line of carpenters. He combines this heritage with five decades of rowing boats in the whitewater of Grand Canyon, the West, and the world. He owns and operates Fretwater Boatworks in Flagstaff, Arizona. Along with his small eclectic crew, Dimock specializes in designing and building Grand Canyon dories of all sizes. Fretwater Boatworks strives to perpetuate the heritage and skills of wooden whitewater boatbuilding, while keeping the craft fun, innovative, and exciting. He teaches boatbuilding and other skills at his shop and at WoodenBoat School. When Brad and his crew are not in the boatshop, they can be found rowing their brightly painted boats on the rivers of the West.

Cricket Rust has been boating Grand Canyon since she was eight, and works summers there rowing dories and rafts. She has worked as a boat designer, builder, and painter at Fretwater Boatworks for seven years and is Dimock’s “right-hand man.” She is a gifted teacher both in the shop and at WoodenBoat School. She is currently writing a book on traditional construction of whitewater dories.

https://fretwaterboatworks.com/

https://fretwaterboatworks.com/fretwater-lines/

 

 

 

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