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Small Craft Workshop

June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017

The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop will once again be hosted during the annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport Friday through Sunday, June 30-July 2, 2017. Participants can both enjoy the Show and follow John Gardner’s example to show that traditional small craft are a practical and economical way to enjoy the water. All Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) members are invited to attend with or without their boats. Those participants who do bring their vessels are encouraged to share their boats – including peapods, whitehalls, sharpie skiffs, wood and canvas canoes, kayaks, performance rowing craft, dories, dinghies and tenders — with other registered boaters during this three-day celebration.

The workshop is 2-5 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop participants can register to stay aboard the Joseph Conrad on Friday and Saturday night.

Workshop Activities

Use of Participants’ Boats

Small Craft Workshop boats will be located at Australia Beach to be available for use by others at the boat owner’s discretion. Boats from the Mystic Seaport Boathouse will also be available at no charge for participants to use.

Demonstrations and Workshops

Several workshops are planned on both land and water. Participants are encouraged to attend, suggest ideas, and perhaps present topics which may include rowing and feathering, sculling, rigging, reefing, anchoring, sail setting, knot tying, making hardware, and outfitting for safety. The one-hour demonstrations will take place Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 Morning Rows

At 8 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday morning there will be a cruise in-company open to all workshop attendees. We will gather at Australia Beach and cruise either upriver past the highway bridge to the beautiful salt marshes, or downriver past the village and classic yachts on their moorings.

 Mystic Seaport Small Boat Collection Open House

The Museum’s Small Boat Collection will be open each day from 2:30-4:30 p.m. This collection of more than 400 boats is not normally open to the public. TSCA will offer a guided tour of the collection at Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Dinner

Join other WoodenBoat Show participants Saturday evening in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern for dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance; for more information please visit The WoodenBoat Show’s website.

The Small Craft Workshop is jointly sponsored by Mystic Seaport, the Traditional Small Craft Association, and WoodenBoat.