ROCKLAND — The staff and board of The Apprenticeshop will host a thank you open house 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., to thank friends and local residents for their steadfast and ongoing support. There will be live music and drinks, woodenboats to look at, boatbuilders to converse with, and plenty of maritime-minded folks to meet. Snow date is Feb. 7.
Founded more than 42 years ago, The Apprenticeshop is more than a school of traditional maritime arts and seamanship. In the last year, it launched a Pilot Gig, several Susan Skiffs, and most recently a beautiful Whitehall rowing boat.
The Apprenticeshop is also a home to the Maritime Academy for local high school students, a homeport for several high school sailing teams, a thriving woodshop where a Dublin Bay 24 is under construction, and a winter waterfront home to hundreds of vessels.
Upcoming lectures include one on the life of a vessel pilot and life aboard a tall ship. Upcoming workshops include a toboggan-building class, a weekend learning traditional lofting skills, as well as classes in navigation. And summer sailing registration is open.
On any given winter day,the building hums with band saws or planes. Oars may be taking shape on one floor while a keel is getting laid on another. Tucked away in a corner you’ll find a staff member planning summer regattas while another researches the best price for line to refit the halyards on a sailboat. All of these activities are made possible by the generous support of donors, businesses, and foundations (alongside enrollments) and this event is designed to offer gratitude to all current (and future!) benefactors.
So come by to join us — you can take a shop tour, browse our extensive maritime library, and chat about your sailing or boatbuilding dreams. You also will have the chance to sign up as a summer volunteer or enter a raffle of a boatshop handmade take-home gift.