Build Your Own Skin-On-Frame F1 Kayak,

Date(s) - Sat, Aug 6, 2022 - Sun, Aug 7, 2022
9:00 am-5:00 pm

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Hudson River Maritime Museum


Guest boatbuilding instructor Jon Richer will lead this course on building skin-on-frame kayaks. Students will build their project over the course of 6 days in the boat school shop. Students will start with assembly of the deck beams then steam bend all the ribs in place. The frames and ribs will be lashed and the boat skinned with nylon cloth. Once the skin is coated the kayak will be completed with all the necessary rigging and accessories. This model is 14 feet long and 23 inches wide. Fully rigged it weighs only 29 pounds! All materials are provided including pre-cut lumber, skinning cloth, and all rigging to complete the boat. Each student will leave with a completed kayak ready for the water.

Joint Instruction – For an additional fee, students are welcomed to bring a second builder to the class. This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun together. Joint instruction must be accompanied with someone taking the full instruction and purchasing a kit.

F1 Kayak Materials Kit – The F1 Kayak was designed by Brian Schulz of Cape Falcon Kayaks in Oregon. More info about the F1 design can be found at This class will use kits produced by instructor Jon Richer.

This class takes place in the shop at the HRMM Wooden Boat School located at 86 Rondout Landing in Kingston’s historic Rondout district. The Wooden Boat School was founded by the Hudson River Maritime Museum in 2015 to preserve the maritime craft traditions of the Hudson Valley and to teach a hands-on interpretation of the living history of the Hudson River. The school offers diverse curriculum and opportunities which inspire skills in woodworking, boat building, and maritime craft. Also available are restoration services for wooden boats. A class calendar and details can be found at