Build a SCAMP with Howard Rice at the Antique Boat Museum

by · September 2, 2013

Coming in October is the rare opportunity to learn how to build a SCAMP—the famed almost-12-foot microcruiser—from sailor, boat-builder, and seamanship instructor Howard Rice, at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.

During the intensive, nine-day course, participants will learn proper, efficient construction methods for building SCAMP from the precision CNC-cut kit. Participants will work together as a team on a single boat, acquiring the basic skills necessary to complete their own SCAMP (or a similarly constructed boat) at home. This opportunity is a great way to “kick start” your own build of one capable small boat. Course participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate in “hands on” experiences during the build with Howard as your instructor. To date he has instructed in the building of 29 SCAMP’s including hull #2 his personal boat and was the principal “test pilot” assisting in the development of SCAMP.

One lucky participant will come home with a partially finished SCAMP, as the course boat will be auctioned off among all interested course participants.

In addition to the hands-on instruction, Howard Rice will also present a series of informal “chalk talks” on small boat handling, SCAMP-specific topics, rigging, small craft cruising techniques, seamanship, safety and boat design with one evening featuring a presentation about his legendary rounding of Cape Horn in a 15 foot wood canvas sailing kayak, which is open to the public.

WHEN: October 21st through October 30th, 2013.

WHERE: The Antique Boat Museum in beautiful Clayton, NY—the premier fresh water nautical museum in North America—located in the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River.

WHO: Your instructor will be renowned sailor, boat-builder, and small craft skills instructor Howard Rice. Howard is presently a principal facilitator of the Small Craft Skills Academy and one of the lead instructors for SCAMP group builds.

WHAT: SCAMP (an acronym for Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project) is the wildly popular new sailboat conceived of by the magazine as the ideal microscruiser, and designed by respected boat designer, John Welsford.

At only 11’ 11” in length, SCAMP manages to be a highly capable vessel, but remains simple to rig, sail and store. Unique features like an offset centerboard, water ballast tank, and the unique “veranda” partial cabin, make her unlike anything else in the sailing world. With more than 230 registered sail numbers only two years since its inception, SCAMP fleets are forming all over the world.

COST: $800 Enrollment is limited to ensure a high student/instructor ratio so it is a good idea to sign up early. (Ten participant maximum/five participant minimum for the class to go).

CONTACT: Howard Rice at the Small Craft Skills Academy 231-838-8472 or Julie Broadbent at the Antique Boat Museum 315.686.4104

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