Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Rising Tide expands weekly options

. October 5, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program is officially back in session, and has expanded its offerings for students this fall. Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in CBMM’s Boatshop, with participants welcome to sign up for multiple or individual days.

The free program is open to students in grades six to nine, although students in grades 10 to 12 may still apply for admission. Transportation is available between Easton and St Michaels before and after class.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rising Tide will offer its signature boatbuilding classes. Participants are building two Smith Island outboard skiffs this year, with a plan of launching them at CBMM’s Community Day in May 2018. Students have the opportunity to participate in all phases of construction, from milling lumber from a log to adding the finishing touches.

Rising Tide will also offer various workshops and events throughout the year, including model making, canvas building and painting classes, girls’ workshops, holiday gift workshops, and more. When weather conditions allow, classes may be held on the water, learning boat safety, handling, navigation, and fishing skills. These classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.

Rising Tide teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support. Students of the program will be encouraged to become more academically prepared to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management.

Registration is required for boatbuilding classes and individual workshops and events. Sign up for offerings and for the Rising Tide newsletter to stay informed of upcoming programs at To learn more, contact 443-550-1173 or

Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program participants go for a spin in Cattail, the boat they created and launched last year.

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