Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum builds Acorn skiff in public boatbuilding program

. January 23, 2018

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced a new project for its Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program. By constructing a boat from start to finish, traditional boatbuilding techniques will be taught to AFAD participants of all skill levels, under the direction of CBMM’s professional shipwrights and volunteers. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed.

The current project is a private commission for a 12-foot Acorn skiff, designed by Iain Oughtred. This sailing rowing skiff will be lapstrake construction using glued okoume. With construction steps scheduled over 24 weeks, the program takes participants from lines and lofting to the final launch in July, 2018.

AFAD participants can be a part of the whole process, or can sign up only for specific dates. The “Journeyman’s Special” package makes a great gift and includes any four days for one reduced price, and can diversify the experience to include several different learning opportunities.

Individual classes are $45 for CBMM members and $55 for non-members. A four-session Journeyman’s Special is offered at $150 for CBMM members and $200 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Updated photos of the project are being posted at, with the detailed boatbuilding schedule and more information at To register for the AFAD program, or to commission your own vessel, contact CBMM Shipyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or email

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