Boat Building School FAQ

Q. What is boat building school?

Cape Fear Community College offers two unique diploma programs in boat building. The wooden boat building program focuses on classic boat building techniques and traditional lofting. Students graduate with a mastery of wooden construction techniques and skills that translate into other disciplines, including: fine furniture construction and cabinet making. The boat manufacture and service program focuses on modern fiberglass boat construction. There are numerous classes in fiberglass techniques and boat electrical and plumbing systems. Each program is one year in length (three semesters) and students graduate with a diploma.

Q. What is the time commitment for boat building school?

The Wooden Boat building and Boat Manufacture and Service programs are each 3 semesters long, lasting one year. Students typically enroll in August and graduate with a Diploma in the following July. The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long and the summer semester is 10 weeks in length. During each semester students have approximately 30 hours of class and shop time each week.

Q. When are classes offered?

Both programs are offered during the day, with class time predominately in the morning and early afternoon. There is a certificate wooden boat building program that is offered at night.

Q. How much does the program cost?

Since this is a program offered at a North Carolina Community College, tuition and fees are set annually by the NC legislature. As of the Spring 2012 semester, tuition for a resident student is $66.50 per credit hour and $258.50 per credit hour for an nonresident student. Total tuition cost for an entire three semester program is approximately $3,200 for a resident and $11,900 for a nonresident.

Q. Is there financial aid available?

Since Cape Fear Community College is an accredited institution, federal financial aid is available to all qualified students. Students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact our financial aid office, 910 362-7055.

Q. I'm interested in boat building as a hobby, not a career. Do you have anything to offer?

Yes, we offer a wooden boat building certificate that is less intensive then our diploma programs. This program is offered at night and meets three days a week. Students learn the basics of boat construction, lofting, and the safe operation of power tools.