309 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690 757-887-2641

The Carriage House is a waterfront facility on the grounds of the Museum perfect for corporate and family events, parties, and weddings. Featuring an indoor facility and outdoor patio overlooking the York River. Book Your Event Today!

The Watermen’s Museum Boat Building Projects

Unique to The Watermen’s Museum

The art and science of wooden boats is both fascinating and enticing. Whether by “rack of eye” or through lofting from plans the process of creating a boat from raw materials is an activity that has been done along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for hundreds of years.


The Watermen’s Museum Boat-Building Program is quickly becoming a place where people with a passion for wooden boats can become part of the process of creating these beautiful craft. 



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The boat-building program has recently been reinvigorated through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Along with the Lifeskills Learning Center, we recently completed construction of an 1880’s crab skiff (sharpie) and are presently finishing 4 rowing skiffs after a design by Kunhardt (1873).

While our plans for the future include a formal training program, we’re presently structured as a come as you are program.

Workshop Times/Dates
The boat building crew works on Saturdays and Mondays.