Cook Boat Shop and Adult Programs

Located on the lower level of the museum, directly facing the Hyannis waterfront, the Cook Boat Shop is a working exhibit space of traditional & contemporary boat building, and restoration projects of historic Cape Cod water craft. Boat building classes, half hull model making, knot tying demonstrations and much more for all ages & levels. Course descriptions, volunteer opportunities, and registration details below.

Boat Shop Hours and Volunteer Opportunities

Pat Goff, our Boat Shop Coordinator, is available to train and work with you so you too can be a volunteer boat builder.

Boat Shop Hours: Open daily

Registration, Tuition, Deposits and Cancellations!

Tuitions vary according to our costs and the length of the course. You will find the tuition amount(s) below each course description. We ask you to deposit one half of your tuition fee upon registraton. Courses require a minimum number of people to run.

Frequent Class Offerings

Bevins skiff

Build a Bevins Skiff

A Community Boat Building Program designed to teach hands-on math skills for students of all ages.
8-week course:
For students grades 6th — 8th grades.
Instructor: Bob Lister
Tuition: $150/student
As a team, students will build one 12’ traditional wooden rowing skiff from a kit, then learn how to build one full kit from scratch.
To register for this class please contact CCMM at 508-775-1723 or e-mail
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Class dates and time: Call for details

Intro to Lofting

Introduction to Lofting

The very basics of lofting for beginners. The course teaches how designers' lines are laid down in three dimensions in order for hull shapes to be lifted in full scale patterns. We will loft a 9' flat bottom skiff, learn to pick up bevels and develop transom bevels, all done with the simple drawing to scale.

Instructor: Tony Davis (of Arey’s Pond Boat Yard) in the Cook Boat Shop at CCMM

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Intermediate Lofting

This course is designed for the student who has an interest in building a boat on their own with no kits or pre-made construction materials. The course teaches how the designer's lines are laid down in three dimensions in order for hull shapes to be lifted in full scale patterns. Learn to understand offsets and how to fare a line. Learn the meaning of every line an architect uses to create a hull shape. It is here the real construction of the boat begins.

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Boat Building

Intro to Boat Building

This is an entry-level course on boat building, which explores basic lofting, layout and terminology that goes with the construction of a ten-foot skiff. Each student will have the opportunity to build each part of the skiff themselves before it goes into the actual skiff. Students do not need prior experience with boat building, woodworking or tools to participate in this course--only the desire to explore something different!

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Spar Making


Start with a visit to Pleasant Bay Boat & Spar Company, learn the basics of building a spar, understand the process in solid, hollow and box v. round spars. Next you will use basic spar making principles, hands on, in building a 6-8 ft stick, in CCMM's Cook Boat Shop.
Instructor: Suzanne Leahy (of Pleasant Bay Boat & Spar)
Cost: $125 non-members, $100 CCMM Members
Tools: small plane, spoke shave, adjustable square, pencils

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Sailors Valentine

Sailor’s Valentines

Gerda Reid, a self-taught Valentiner with 15 years. experience creates her own unique, one-of-kind, valentine creations using designs that are intricate, precise, bright and cheery, often geomentric, colorful and with attention to shading. The valentine boxes are also Gerda’s design and contructed of mahogany and other select hardwoods. In this workshop you will learn many of Gerda’s creative techniques and applications while making your very own sailor’s valentine.
Instructor: Gerda Reid
Tuition: $575/student or Member/$550
All supplies and materials include (9” frame)

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Introductory Celestial Navigation

Introduction Drawing

Larry Hall, an engineer and widely experienced navigator of ocean sailing yachts as well as US Coast and Geodetic Survey ships along with Bill Cook, yacht designer and past president of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will be on hand to teach the principles of celestial navigation. The class is primarily for the yachtsmen and recreational boater, but also for anyone interested in the science behind celestial navigation that is so important to our maritime history. We will begin at the museum with an explanation of the concepts related to how it all works. Next, we will proceed to Kalmus Beach (weather permitting) to take some actual sights. At the beach, we will emphasize the Noon Sun Sight, which gives the navigator his latitude, but also shows how this technique can be extended to provide any line of position, using accurate time.

Instructors: Larry Hall and Bill Cook
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Date and Time: Call for details
Cost: $35 non-members, $28 members


Gil Newton is a Cape Cod native who has been teaching environmental science at Sandwich High School and the Cape Cod Community College for a number of years. He is one of the founders of the Barnstable Land Trust Introduction Drawingand is a past president of the Thornton W. Burgess Society and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Professor Gil Newton is an author of several books on the Cape's coastal environment including the recent "Discovering the Cape Cod Shoreline," also the title of his current presentation.
Gil will review many of the common plants and animals along the Cape Cod seashore followed by a tour of the beaches and marshes to explore the fascinating diversity of life at the edge of the sea. Samples of algae, mollusks, echinoderms, and crabs will be examined and discussed.

Book signing to follow! An optional purchase of Gil Newton’s field guide "The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck" is available at the end of the talk for $12, with proceeds benefitting the Barnstable Land Trust. Parking is available directly behind the Museum. This lecture and field experience is gauged for all ages.

Date: Call for details
Cost: $8 per person for Members and $12 for Non-Members
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street, Hyannis

Introduction Drawing with Scott Williams

Introduction Drawing

Scott, a local Cape Cod Artist of 20 years, has a BA in Art History from UMASS. In addition to his drawing interests, Scott enjoys painting and illustration. Explore a variety of basic drawing techniques such as 3–point perspective, effects of light on objects, and observation of natural and artificial forms. The subjects of still life and outdoor maritime landscapes will be used to explore these various techniques. Learn to draw and have some great fun overlooking the Hyannis Harbor! Class size and Ages: ages 8 years and up NO student minimum

Date: Call for details
Cost: This program is provided at $6/student + admission - all materials provided
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum, located directly on Hyannis Harbor is one of the busiest inner waterways on the Cape, with fishing vessels, passenger ferries, and pleasure craft of all different shapes & sizes. Students can observe many aspects of a working waterfront. The vantage point behind the museum gives participants the perspective they desire to create such as drawing of boats in action or docked, passengers coming & going, houses along the coast or active shorebirds in the sky & skimming the harbor.

Intro to Lofting

Hands-On Half Hull Modeling Class

Build the Cape Cod classic wooden vessel the Beetlecat .
Instructor: Mark Sutherland. A professional craftsman since 1979, Mark Sutherland specializes in models of 19th- and early 20th-century ships and boats, along with scrimshaw artifacts, decorative ship carving and figureheads.
Location: The Cook Boat Shop at CCMM
Date and time: Call for details
Tuition: $300 non-members, $240 members

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