What Does a Wooden Boat Rebuilder/ Repairer Do?

A Wooden Boat Rebuilder/ Repairer (211W) fabricates, repairs or modifies wooden boats to specifications and drawings. This includes: preparing sketches and layouts, designing, selecting materials such as woods and veneers; operating hand tools; making joints and performing fastening procedures; fabricating fastenings; and assembling, finishing and surfacing boat components. Wooden Boat Rebuilders/Repairers operate both computer-assisted design systems and wood cutting equipment.         

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • acquiring knowledge of the Ontario Health & Safety Act, Boat construction/terminology; classifications and identification of hardwoods and softwoods; boat design techniques as well as costing and estimating
  • reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
  • preparing layouts to conform to sketches and codes, using a variety of measuring tools and devices
  • selecting the best materials for the job
  • measuring, cutting, shaping, assembling and joining materials made of wood, wood substitutes and other materials
  • planning the most effective way to complete a project
  • rebuilding wooden boats using hand and power tools
  • setting up and safely operating a variety of hand and power equipment
  • preparing written cost estimates for clients when required
  • understanding customer requirements and communicating effectively with supervisors, clients/customers

To view the Essential Skills necessary for someone to work in this field, click on the following link for NOC code 9491:


What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Although apprenticeship training is recommended for people who want to enter this trade, it is not a requirement since Wooden Boat Rebuilder/Repairer is a Voluntary trade. You should complete your Grade 12 education or ministry-approved equivalent, with senior credits in math and science. Involvement in related coop or OYAP programs would be an asset. Completion of an apprenticeship will take 7,000 - 8,000 hours via a combination of on-the-job and in-school training.

The in-school component will include 240 hours learning safety procedures, trade calculations, engineering drawing, materials, hand and power tools, pattern development, hulls & interiors, paint finishes, codes and standards, plumbing, electrical and mechanical. The in-school training can be completed either in-plant, through correspondence, or at an approved educational institution either part-time or with flexible hours. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

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 What’s Your Future as a Wooden Board Rebuilder/Repairer?

Most Wooden Boat Rebuilder/Repairers are employed in the service sector by boat and marine craft manufacturing companies. They may advance to supervisory positions, or open their own shops. They could become a Boat Inspector, which entails checking assembled boats to ensure proper product quality. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you may as a journeyperson:

  • work as a Wooden Boat Rebuilder/Repairer
  • progress to a supervisory position
  • start and operate your own business
  • work in related occupations (see below)

Wage Rate

  •  an Apprentice generally makes less than a journeyperson
  • as your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • fully qualified Wooden Boat Rebuilders/Repairers can earn from $12 - $17 per hour 

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Wooden Boat Rebuilder/ Repairer For You?


Can you stand for long periods of time, climb, bend, kneel, lift and carry heavy material?

Yes      No

Can you communicate effectively with co-workers and customers?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy planning a job from start to finish?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with new technology, new materials, and using a variety of hand and power tools? 

Yes      No

Can you look at a blueprint or diagram and visualize how things come together?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with numbers and performing calculations?

Yes      No

Are you good at working independently or as part of a team and do you like to get the job done just right?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Wooden Boat Rebuilder/ Repairer may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

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