Boat building is steeped in tradition, yet it is still evolving due to advances in technology and materials. Programs from boating schools typically include 1-2 years of coursework focusing on boating technology, repair and maintenance, as well as construction of yachts and boats made from wooden or composite materials.
Schools with Boat Building Programs
These institutions offer boat building programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building||Port Hadlock, WA||2-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$14,550|
|Seattle Central College||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $3,891; Out-of-state $9,083|
|The Landing School||Arundel, ME||2-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$21,694|
|International Yacht Restoration School||Newport, RI||2-year, Private||Program||$41,120|
|Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington, NC||2 year, Public||Diploma||In-state $2,654; Out-of-state $8,798|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Here are some aspects to consider when seeking a boat building program:
- Schools that incorporate technological aspects in their programs, including computer animated design and drafting, should be considered.
- Students may want to look into schools that offer internships in order to gain real-world work experience.
- Online courses are not generally available, due to the hands-on nature of the craft.
1-Year Boat Construction Training Programs
These programs offer concise packages in the fundamentals of boat construction and generally lead to a certificate or a diploma.
2-Year Boat Construction Diploma
Graduates of some 2-year diploma programs have the opportunity to transfer coursework to affiliated degree-granting schools if they desire continuing education. Programs can be highly specialized, focusing specifically on wood composite construction. Health and safety during boat construction is also covered. Some programs allow students to focus on types of craft, such as yachts, canoes, skiffs and sailboats.
Associate Degree in Boat Construction
Marine construction programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Occupational Science are not as plentiful as boating diploma or certificate programs. These 2-year programs prepare students for careers in boating-related trades.
Education in boat building typically comes in the form of a diploma, a certificate or an associate's. There are several private institutions that offer a range of programs, and some public colleges offer boat building programs as well; costs vary widely based on the type of school and program length.