Coastal Navigation Workshop

 

WHEN: Saturday, November 16

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

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 excerises 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.

Member fee: $195

Nonmember: $215

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.

Woodworking for Families

 

WHEN: February 17, 18, and 19 from 1-3pm

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 1-3pm for our Woodworking for Families workshop! Experienced instructors will teach you and your children how to build your choice of projects (birdhouse or model boat) 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.

Build Your Own Pond Yacht!

 

WHEN: Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 from 9am-2pm; River Regatta on Saturday, July 18 from 10-11am

Spend a week at Lowell’s Boat Shop learning traditional boat building skills by building your own model sailboat! We’ll work in the shop’s classroom to design and shape hulls, round masts and booms, paint, and then rig the boats in time for a mini regatta on the Merrimack River. No proir experience or woodworking skills required. This is a great opportunity to familiarize your child with woodworking and tool use. Session fee includes materials.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Students are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring a snack, lunch, and water bottle with them each day.

Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens I

 

August 2-7, 2020: Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

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; he is fully USCG licensed and has decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs. The itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to Hurricane Island, a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to explore some of Maine’s more remote islands before sailing to Newburyport, MA on Friday.

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!

**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 4PM in Portland, ME

  • Disembark Friday August 7, 2020 at 11AM in Newburyport, MA

  • Fee of $1,200 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.

Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens II

 

August 9-14, 2020: Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

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; he is fully USCG licensed and has decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs. The itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to Hurricane Island, a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to explore some of Maine’s more remote islands before sailing to Portland, ME on Friday.

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!

**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 4PM in Newburyport, MA

  • Disembark Friday August 14, 2020 at 11AM in Portland, ME

  • Fee of $1,200 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.

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