Build Your Own Skerry or Passagemaker Dinghy

Location: Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, Washington
Dates: Monday, September 18, 2023 - Sunday, September 24, 2023

Register online through 
Northwest Maritime Center

For more information about this class, call or email:
360-385-3628 x300

This Class in Port Townsend, WA, is offered by the Northwest Maritime Center; for registration and class inquiries, please call 360-385-3628 x300 or email

Instructor:  Joel Arrington and Sam Trocaro

Tuition & Materials:  

  • Student Tuition: $839/NWMC Members,  $889/Non-Member
  • Plus Kit & Materials:
    • Skerry rowing kit: $1,845
    • Skerry Sprit Sail Rig Add-On: $1,345
    • Skerry Sloop Sail Rig Add-On: $1,545
    • Skerry Lug Sail Rig Add-On: $1,470
    • Passagemaker Dinghy: $1796
    • Passagemaker Dinghy Take-Apart: $1955
    • Passagemaker Lug Rig Add-On: $1698
    • Passagemaker Sloop Rig Add-On: $1998
    • does not include additional tax + shipping

Other Considerations:

Skerry - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Skerry - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Skerry - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Passagemaker Dinghy - Build Your Own Boat
Passagemaker Dinghy - Build Your Own Boat
The Skerry is that rare boat that combines excellent rowing and sailing qualities into one attractive craft. This is the perfect boat in which to mount an expedition in protected waters, cruising from beach to beach and camping on shore. Sail when there's wind, row when there's not - you'll cover a lot of miles either way. The sprit rig is easy to handle, powerful for its size, and stows inside the hull for trailering. The hull is stable and buoyant, whether you're running in choppy seas or lifting over motorboat wakes. The skilled oarsman will savor the Skerry's smooth glide and rough-water handling. Capacity is three adults, yet you can cartop the 95-pound Skerry on anything larger than a Civic.
The Passagemaker Dinghy is easy to build but looks great and performs beautifully. A smooth glide when rowing, spirited performance when sailing, and steady handling with an outboard mark this bestselling entry in our fleet of graceful build-it-yourself boat kits.  There is a take-apart version as well, which stores compactly.

The hulls of both boats utilize CLC's patented LapStitch™ construction method, in which stitch-and-glue techniques are used to create lapstrake hulls of traditional appearance. First, the hull planks are glued to length using scarf joints. The planks are wired together to create the hull shape, then bulkheads are inserted before the planks are neatly "welded" together with epoxy. The students reinforce the hull with fiberglass cloth and mahogany rails, then add the daggerboard trunk and seats. (The sailing rig is optional, but the class will proceed under the assumption that the boat will be used for both rowing and sailing.)

Note:  Boat kits for classes are ordered through the Northwest Maritime Center and specially prepared at CLC and delivered directly to the classroom.  These kits include essential supplies and may have certain parts pre-assembled.  Because of the particular nature of these kits, discounts and other promotions do not apply.