Boat Builders & Shipwright

Job Summary

Reads and interprets blueprints to build ships and boats. Makes repairs as necessary. Uses a variety of tools, instruments, and materials to create the boat.

Primary responsibilities

  • Build boats according to blueprint specifications.
  • Use woodworking tools to create ribs, keel, sidings, and other support structures.
  • Design and create blueprints for different types of water vessels.
  • Order materials and negotiate prices.
  • Find and select quality lumber.
  • Construct frames and structures out of raw materials.
  • Attach fittings, plates, and bulkheads.
  • Measure lumber and cut into shapes to fit boat.
  • Create dimensional reference points on hull.
  • Construct the wooden frame.
  • Assemble materials for hull and install timbers.
  • Mark dimensional lines on lumber.
  • Smooth and finish surfaces using sanders.
  • Apply finishes to lumber.
  • Apply paint to ship or boat.
  • Fix or correct defects.
  • Coordinate work schedules, time frames, and budgets.

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