The Dublin Bay is officially in her new home!
Dublin Bay 24
Imagine a boat club in a bay near a quickly growing city, originally intended for the racing of small, inexpensive boats just for the fun of it. As the city of Dublin prospered, so did the Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The club gave birth to a variety of unique, fast, one-design fleets over the course of its 134-year history. One such fleet of boats was the Dublin Bay 24s. These “brilliant boats for racing,” were designed in 1939 by Alfred Mylne and contructed during WWII. Sadly, these boats are no longer sailing.
The Apprenticeshop is proud to have been selected as the first school in the U.S. to restore one of the original Dublin Bay 24s. Construction began in August of 2018 and is expected to be complete in late 2020. Ultimately, these boats will be known as Royal Alfred 38s and will be sailed in the south of France.
Our two-year apprentices have been the primary builders on the project. Our two-year apprenticeship is a full-time, comprehensive program designed to teach all aspects of traditional wooden boat construction. The philosophy behind it is simple: learning is best accomplished through direct experience. When an apprentice starts with only the lines of a boat on the lofting floor and carries it through the stages of framing, planking, decking, and finish work to a fully rigged boat ready to launch and sail, a great deal of learning happens in a relatively short period of time.
From day one, students are in the Shop, tools in hand, working on projects. Instructors work alongside students on the Shop floor. The boatbuilding projects have real clients and real deadlines. There are no lectures or quizzes. There is no homework. There is only the boat and the crew to which each individual is accountable. This unique approach to education aims at bringing out the best in our students. They are asked to solve problems and develop unique solutions in real time.
Craftsmanship is not learned overnight, or even in a few months. Our two-year program allows students to develop solid skills and gives them time and opportunity to work with tools and materials. All apprentices become well versed in a broad range of skills as they progress through their apprenticeship. Graduates of the 2-year program have a solid working knowledge of wooden boat construction, the use of hand and power tools, and seamanship skills that will allow them to confidently walk aboard a boat and set sail.
We are grateful for a generous grant of $9,000 from the RPM Foundation in support of our apprentice program. This support has enabled us to award scholarships to three students working on the Dublin Bay project.