Rockport Automotive Showcases Giving Back Recipients

Photo by: M. Haskell Rockport Automotive Owner, Jan Abendroth, presents the Apprenticeshop with their check.

Rockport Automotive would like to share with you some of our past recipients of our Giving Back Program.  For those of you that might not be aware of our great program, Rockport Automotive gives $5.00 from every oil change back to the community.  Every month, we choose a new recipient. Recipients range from community outreach programs to museums and libraries to school teams and more!  If you would like your business, non-profit organization, school, or club to be considered, send an email to today!  This summer we will be taking a weekly look at past giving back recipients.

This week we are featuring The Apprenticeshop.  The Apprenticeshop was our January 2020 recipient.

The Apprenticeshop is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea.

Here is a look at  the Apprenticeshop Boatbuilding Programs:

Two-Year Boatbuilding Apprenticeship

Students from near and far, young and old, enroll in our two-year program. Here students start with woodworking basics

and quickly move on to building a Susan Skiff. Students develop skill through lofting, planking, and framing as they progress to large-scale, complicated commission work. Program is hands-on, full-time. Current large build is a Dublin Bay 24, Zephra, 38-foot LOA (launching August 2020). The seamanship component of the curriculum includes twice-yearly expeditions.

Twelve-Week Intensive Boatbuilding Apprenticeship

A short course in woodworking and boatbuilding through which the student completes a Susan Skiff. Quaterly admissions allows for maximum flexibility. Great

experience for retirees or gap-year students. Includes seamanship classes in traditional craft.

Maritime Skills Academy with Oceanside High School

Woodworking, boatbuilding, and seamanship classes held multiple times a week for local area youth. Top-notch alternative education opportunity— contact us if your school is interested in its own program with us.

Weekend Workshops

Ongoing, with far-ranging curriculum, including Toboggan Building, Metalsmithing, Japanese Boatbuilding.

Lectures on Marine Topics

Year-round, midweek evening lectures on diverse topics including marine archaeology and sailing the Southern Ocean.

Visit to get the latest schedule.

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