Is your dream building a boat from scratch? Maybe you’ve wanted to but didn’t know where to start and what the cost would be? Our boat building program gives you the opportunity to build your own boat from a kit using high quality materials at a reasonable cost. During the class you will use our tools and learn boat-building skills from our experienced staff and volunteers in a friendly environment. The result will be a beautiful boat you’ll be proud to use on our area lakes. If you take good care of your boat, it will last for years.

At the end of each class session, we’ll hold a special launch on Lake Wentworth to celebrate the completion of your boat.

We are still planning to hold boat building classes.  However we are limiting to 6 participants for the Adult & Family Class and 8 participants maximum for the youth class due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements.  Face masks will be worn at all times.  There will be no group launch or picnic at the end of each session. The safety of our volunteers, staff, and participants are paramount. Restrictions may change as the pandemic situation changes in 2021.

Adult & Family Boat Building
July 10 – 18, 2021
Classes: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

2021 Adult & Family Application

This boat building session for adults and families lets adults work by themselves or team up with younger family members. You can choose from the following kinds of boats:

• Bevin’s skiff
• Two-person canoe
• One-person kayak
• Opti sailboat
• Paddleboard

We allow extra time to build the Opti sailboat and the Paddleboard. So if you select the others, you might finish your boat a little early.

Youth Boat Building
August 2 – 13, 2021
Classes: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

2021 Youth Application

Each participant must have a completed Medical Waiver (see below link) prior to the class beginning. 

Please mail the Medical Waiver to the New Hampshire Boat Museum, PO Box 1195, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03897. Thank you.

2021Youth Medical Waiver

This boat building session is for boys and girls ages 12 and up. You will be taught how to safely use hand tools and a limited number of power tools. You can choose from the following kinds of boats:

• Two-person canoe
• One-person kayak
• Bevin’s skiff

Kit Cost
CANOE – Two-person canoe. Cost: $795
KAYAK – one person kayak which can hold a maximum weight of 160 pounds. Cost: $995
PADDLEBOARD – 12′ 6″ long. Cost: $1195
BEVIN’S SKIFF –11′ 6″ skiff that can hold several adults and can be adapted to handle a small outboard motor. Cost: $1295
OPTIMIST SAILBOAT DINGHY – Cost: $1495


Registration Fee
$55.00   NHBM members 
$75.00  Not-yet-members

How to Apply:
PAY ONLINE: please click either the Adult and Family or Youth application button above.
After paying online please fill out and mail the medical form to the Museum.

Youth Scholarships

Build A Canoe!

The Museum hopes that all interested youth have the opportunity to participate in the boat building program.

For more information or to apply please see the below link.

Youth Scholarship Application.

2020 Scholarship Donors

Thank you to our generous scholarship donors:

                  The Captain Raymond Thombs Memorial Foundation

                          Edmund and Sarah Dinsmore

                          Tom and Rose McNamara

Boat Building Scholarship Donations: If you would like to support our scholarship program for youth boat building, please donate now.