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Boatbuilding Workshops and Camps, for Adult & Youth in Sausalito, CA

spaulding marine center

Established in 1951 and located in the heart of Sausalito's waterfront in California, The Spaulding Marine Center is a dedicated to preserving and sharing the area’s rich history of boat building. With its working 20,000 sq. ft. boat building and repair facility, historically significant sailboats, and skilled craftspeople, The Center offers a wealth of educational programs and community events designed to connect people of all ages to the Bay Area’s maritime history and the art of boat building.

In addition to the working boat yard they offer youth and adult classes in marine skills, host monthly community events, have opportunities for volunteers and invite the public to tour the historic 1885 sloop Freda. The center also provides services such as Woodworking, Fiberglass & Blister Repair, Electrical, Equipment Installation, Plumbing, Marine Engineering, and Expert Topside Painting.


The center was built in 1951 by San Francisco Bay Area legend Myron Spaulding - concert violinist, champion sailor and self-educated boat designer and builder.

spaulding boat center

Training Programs

Workshops & Camps




  • Adult Boat Building Skills Program (14 weeks): These 14-week programs are held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. This course has a fair mix of new and returning students and the coursework will vary based on interests and experience levels. Current projects include a strip planked canoe, a rowing scull, and a ten foot lapstrake Lawton Tender.
  • Emergency Celestial Navigation (4.5 hours): This workshop is intended to give a practical overview and understanding of celestial navigation as a foundation to more advanced and complete courses that participants will be invited to attend.
  • Youth Woodworking Program (5 days): Students will have the choice to build a paddle, cutting board, toolbox, mallet, skateboard, toboggan sled and more.
  • Summer Youth Boat Building Camp (12 days): The first week will consist of constructing the hull, planking and glassing the boat. During the second week, students will finish construction and launch the canoe. Students attending both weeks will also be able to make paddles they can bring home.
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LAST UPDATED ON July 18, 2018