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Family Boatbuilding

The Family Boatbuilding Program is open to anyone with the desire to build a boat with the help of a professional boat builder. Families or groups are invited to build together. Boatbuilding projects emphasize interaction and cooperation. Participants develop a strong sense of pride in each other, seeing the value of each person's contribution to getting the task done. It's not ten families building ten boats but rather ten families seeing to it that ten boats get built.

2022 Boatbuilding Saturdays at the Gwynn's Island Boat Shop - Join us every Sat. at 10AM

The Foundation/Museum has ongoing boat restoration/repair and boat building projects at its Boat Shop on Gwynn’s Island, Saturdays starting at 10AM. Come on over and have a look. If you like what you see and want to take up a tool and help out you’d be more than welcome to do so.

If you are not ready to actually help out at this time, and just want to watch, learn and then participate later, that is fine too. This is an easy way to gain skills in boat repair/restoration without signing up for a formal class.

We welcome experienced boat repair hands as well as those interested in learning. There are always more boats needing repairs than skilled people to fix them. This is a great opportunity to take part in these projects and also to bring along any middle school or high school students who might like to learn these skills. Please pass this info on to others in the boating community who you think might be interested.

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Current Boatbuilding Projects

2021-2022 New Build
Here at four weeks into the boat build and all is going well. It may not seem from looking at the pictures enclosed that we have made much progress. But one must realize that the first steps in any boat construction are critical to the success of the build and therefore must not be hurried.

Progress on the new skiff continues in the new year

Painting and oar construction

Oars and Skiff are ready for Market Days.

Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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(804) 725-4444


Mailing address:

Mathews Maritime Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109-1201

Gwynn's Island Boat Shop
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