Champlain Longboats

Working from Home: Boat Shop Volunteers Are Keeping Busy!

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director As you’ve probably been following our updates, the Museum’s boat shop team has been finding creative ways to continue our boat shop work from home. It’s worth recognizing their creativity and work, as finding ways to do what we normally do in the shop from home is not an …

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Signs of Spring and Updates from the Boat Shop

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director Since January we’ve been sharing weekly updates on our Champlain Longboats student boat building program as students from Middlebury and Vergennes learn how to build a pilot gig – a 32’ open-water rowing boat. Our boat building students have gotten pretty far in the past three months since we …

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Students learn how to build a kayak in the boat shop

Building Kayaks for Adventure with Two Roads Academy

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director This past November, the Museum’s Champlain Longboats program embarked on an exciting new initiative with Two Roads Academy, a privately operated alternative education program based in Williston that works with public school students, to create a once-in-a-lifetime kayak experience for students. Students and staff from Two Roads Academy  come …

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Repair work in progress on Osprey

What is old is new again: Repair work for Osprey

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director In addition to our ongoing student boat building work in the boat shop, our students, staff, and volunteers have been busy repairing other boats in the Champlain Longboats fleet this winter.  This week, volunteers John Woodbury and Wendy Lynch are replacing the two top planks and gunwales on the …

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Boat building students on a field trip

Boat Building Updates: A Forest Visit and Planking

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director On the morning of Friday, February 14, with temperatures topping out at 4 degrees on one of the coldest days of the winter to date, fifteen intrepid student boat builders from Middlebury High School and Vergennes middle and high schools along with school and museum staff traveled to Ron …

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