Model Boat Building Workshop

Model Boat Building

Instructor: Phil Helgerson, Boat builder and hobbyist

This workshops consist of 3-5 two-hour sessions and introduce children to building model boats. There are two skill levels:

Part 1 – Paper model

Part 1 is for  younger children age 5 and above and an accompanying adult. Students will build three different model boats from card-stock paper – one boat during each session. Enrollment is limited to eight families.

The tuition for Part 1 is $50 for and adult and 1 child MFS members or $70 for non-member. The supplies for Part 1 are $20 per family.

Part 2 — Wood model

Part 2 is for age 8 and above. Students will build a wooden boat model (Yankee Tender from Woodenboat Store). These sessions will involve edge tools. Enrollment is limited to eight families.

The tution for Part 2 is $50 per person or for an adult and 1 child MFS member ($70 for non-member). Supplies for Part 2 are $25 for a toolkit, plus $60 for the model kit.


  •   Part 1:   June 8, 15 and 22                          4pm – 6pm
  •   Part 2:   June 29, July 6,  13, 20, and 27    1pm – 3pm 
Yankee Tender model


Registration is now complete for the Summer 2023 Model Boat Building workshops. If you have questions or are interested in future workshops,  send an email to, or call the Maine’s First Ship office at 207-433-4242.