Wooden Boat Building Courses

Course work includes reading marine blueprints, lofting, constructing bird cages, building forms, and the safe and proper use of hand and power tools. Wood and composite boat building, production moldmaking, and interior cabinetry and joinery are also covered.


Diploma Program (three semesters - day classes):

General Education Courses

ENG 101 Applied Communications I
MAT 101 Applied Mathematics I

Major Courses

BTB 101 Boat Building I
BTB 102 Boat Building II
BTB 103 Yacht Joiner Practices I 
BTB 104 Yacht Joiner Practices II
BTB 105 Yacht Repair/Renovation
BTB 109 Yacht Rigging 
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
DFT 100 Marine Drafting

Total Credits: 46

Certificate Program (two semesters - evening classes):

BTB 101A Boat Building I A
BTB 101B Boat Building I B
DFT 100 Marine Drafting

Total Credits: 12


Course Descriptions:

BTB 101 Boat Building I

Prerequisites: None 
Corequisites: DFT 100

This course introduces the modern wood and composite boat shop. Topics include maintaining, sharpening, and safely using hand and power tools; lofting; and properly utilizing materials common in the boat-building industry. Upon completion, students should be able to loft a simple flat or V-bottom boat and build it using sheet plywood construction methods. This is a diploma-level course.

BTB 101-A Boat Building I (night)

Prerequisites: None 
Corequisites: DFT 100

This course introduces the modern wood and composite boat shop. Topics include maintaining, sharpening, and safely using hand and power tools; lofting; and properly utilizing materials common in the boat-building industry.

BTB 101-B Boat Building (night)

Prerequisites: BTB 101-A, DFT 100 
Corequisites: None

Upon completion, students should be able to loft a simple flat or V-bottom boat and build it using sheet plywood construction methods.

BTB 102 Boat Building II

Prerequisites: BTB 101
Corequisites: None

This course introduces more advanced hull development. Topics include advanced lofting, building jigs and birdcage building forms, wood and composite lamination techniques, marine finishing materials and methods, and quality control procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to build, fit out, and finish a small boat using modern fabrics, core materials, and methods of construction.

BTB 103 Yacht Joiner Practices

Prerequisites: BTB 101
Corequisites: BTB 102

This course introduces the fundamental skills and attention to detail necessary to fine yacht joinery. Emphasis is placed on fitting, mortise/tenon, and dowel joints; fitting dadoes in grooves; and building a project to close tolerances from a blueprint. Upon completion, students should be able to build a cabinet carcass with face frame, round corner posts, laminate surfaces, and a dove-tailed drawer.

BTB 104 Yacht Joiner Practices

Prerequisites: BTB 103
Corequisites: BTB 105

This course is an extension of BTB 103 and emphasizes finishing cabinets and rough-in of yacht interiors. Topics include manufacturing and fitting moldings, door construction methods, bright work finishing, and bulkhead and cabin sole fitting and installation. Upon completion, students should be able to build raised panel doors and moldings, apply modern finishes, and rough in bulkheads, soles, and yacht furniture.

BTB 105 Yacht Repair/Renovation

Prerequisites: BTB 102
Corequisites: FBG 100

This course introduces repair/renovation principles and methods for wood and fiberglass boats. Emphasis is placed on surveying boats for needed repairs, planning repairs, and estimating costs in tools, materials, and techniques used in repair and renovation. Upon completion, students should be able to plan and execute repairs in wood and fiberglass boats (structural and cosmetic) and execute marine refinishing techniques.

BTB 109 Yacht Rigging

Prerequisites: None 
Corequisites: None

This course provides an introduction of Marlinspike Seamanship, rigging and tuning masts, and commissioning yachts. Topics covered are knot tying, whipping lines, standing and running rigging on spars, maintaining winches, anchoring systems and care and rigging of sails. Upon completion, students should be able to efficiently complete yacht rigging competencies to industry standards. This course is approved only at the certificate and diploma level.