Boat Build & Sail | Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Boat Build & Sail


This foundational program engages youth in year-round apprenticeships in boat building, sail making (program year 2015-2016) and competitive sailing.  Participants work with PWBF boat builders to master the tools, materials and techniques of traditional wooden boat building while being supported in developing and achieving their personal and educational goals.

Central to the program is a driving question that is posed, re-examined and reflected upon throughout the year: “What are the things I will learn during the building and sailing of a wooden boat that will help me in other aspects of my life?” This learning style enables youth to engage in a process of ongoing action and reflection that encourages a meta-cognitive understanding of choices and their outcomes.

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    Apprenticeships in traditional wooden boat building, sail making and competitive sailing.


    To introduce youth to a craft while also addressing their academic and social-emotional needs.


    Program begins annually in September and runs year-round, including a focused 6-week summer session.


    Cohorts meet on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm; open session on Friday from 3:00-6:00pm

    Program hours

    345 hours annually per student