|Cortez, FL – The Florida Maritime Museum is honored to be hosting renowned boat building expert Dave Gentry for a two-weekend kayak building workshop. Taking place March 16th and 17th and March 23rd and 24th (9am-4pm each day), this class is a rare opportunity to build a kayak with the man who designed it. Gentry is not only a designer, he is an instructor at the Wooden Boat School and has taught workshops on skin-on-frame boatbuilding across the country.
You, too, can share in this opportunity. The focus of the March workshop is a 12-foot, skin-on-frame kayak called the Chukanut- 12. It weights a mere 30 pounds and will carry a payload up to 225 pounds. For more information on Dave Gentry and his innovative designs see
The class is open to anyone, of any age, with a passion for boats and building. Boat builders can bring a team of up to five people, but only a limited number of slots are available. The cost is $1100 per boat, and includes all materials. Participants will leave with a finished boat.
“This is a great opportunity to learn about boat building from a leader in the field, and return to the true roots of the craft, while also learning invaluable skills needed in boatbuilding”, said Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, R.B. “Chips” Shore, whose office oversees the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez.
According to Florida Maritime Museum’s Education Direction John Beale, “The driving purpose for the museum offering this class is to inspire confidence, build skills and make boating accessible to families and community members.” The class will be held on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum, inside the historic Pillsbury boat shop.
Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact John Beale at John.Beale@manateeclerk.com or call the Florida Maritime Museum at (941) 708-6120.
The Florida Maritime Museum is located at 4415 119th Street West in Cortez. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, and is free of charge. For more information, call the museum at 941-708-6120.
About the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of the Circuit Court was established as a public trustee by the Florida Constitution in 1838. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder, and Custodian of all County Funds. In Manatee County, the Clerk’s office also administers a child support enforcement program, violence protection advocacy program and Teen Court program. Located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Downtown Bradenton, the Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please be sure to visit our web site at www.manateeclerk.com.