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Build a Stand Up Paddleboard – ByDemand

Instructor: Andy Reynolds

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In this ByDemand class, each student (or pair if desired) will have the opportunity to build their own Stand Up Paddleboard, beginning with a purchased kit, using plywood and epoxy and the “stitch and glue” boatbuilding method.

With the help and supervision of a skilled instructor, expect to spend between 40 and 80 hours of class time, spread out over several days or weeks, depending on size and complexity of the kit or design, and the scheduling that best suits the needs and availability of the maximum number of students and instructor. By the end of the class, most students will get to the point that the SUP will simply need to be finished to a level of being ready for sanding (and sanding, and sanding), paint, and/or varnish.

While building the SUP, students will learn how to combine both natural and modern synthetic materials in the creation of a strong and durable composite structure with the start-up of a kit. As they do so, each will be helped in interpreting plans to choose a design from the huge array available. They will, also, learn to interpret the content within the instruction manual, mix and apply modern adhesives used by most kits, work with fiberglass and epoxy, and to use the various hand and power tools needed to complete the kit. With the use of these tools, understandings and materials, they will create strong and simple joints that are waterproof and low-maintenance and an SUP that will be enjoyed for their lifetime!

A typical class is sequenced as follows:

  • Discuss, study and select design of SUP
    • Order and wait for arrival
  • “Stitch” together, add fiberglass cloth to the inside, trim and add reinforcements to the hull.
  • Trim the deck, add fiberglass to the outside, sand and install the skegs.

Although at the end of this class, students will have completed the SUP structure, following this class, students might consider registering for:

  • Building your own paddle
  • Sanding/Finishing/Varnishing your SUP

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As a ByDemand class, after registration is processed, here is what you can anticipate:

  • If registering as an individual, you will be on a wait list and informed when a full class is available.
  • If registering as a minimum group size (3), a registered individual, if any, will be added to your group, to reach maximum of 4 students.
  • Upon a full class size, the instructor will contact the group to:
    • to develop a schedule that meets the needs of all
    • share kit possibilities

As you think ahead to that scheduling, below are the instructor’s parameters of availability:

Length of Class: This will vary based upon the complexity of the design chosen. Minimum of 40 hours.

Dates of the class: The earliest date the instructor is available is Sept. 1st. All class time must be completed by Nov. 19th

-Note: Preference is for week day or night classes, but is available for weekend class

Times of Class:

Start time: No earlier than 9:00 AM

End Time: No later than 9:00 pm

Maximum length of class: 6 hrs (possible 1 hour more if completely necessary)

Maximum number of students: 4

Minimum number of students: 3

Age range: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Location: The Folk School Shop

Cost:

  • Class fees will vary based upon selected design. Member rates are ~$11/class hour
  • Cost of kit will vary (estimated at ~$700-$1200)

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. The Folk School and the instructor will review the registration form and contact you to schedule the class (based on the instructor’s availability as well as your preferences).


Class Registration Form - Build a Stand Up Paddleboard – ByDemand

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    Understanding the flexibility suggested by the instructor, what are your scheduling preferences?
  • Select all that apply.
  • All members of your group will be required to sign a document agreeing to the Folk School's Class Policies:

    CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

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