Boat Construction Schools and Training Programs

Boat building schools teach students the craft of designing and constructing boats from scratch. Most programs limit their class sizes for optimum learning and interaction opportunities for students. Learn more about school options for boat construction, and explore the curricula for various programs.

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.

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