In late winter of each year, we offer a Fiberglass Boat Repair Workshop (nicknamed Glue U). This session is geared for marine professionals — yard pros, composite repair specialists, managers, surveyors, insurance inspectors, and dealers — anyone who works building and repairing composite hulls and parts. The class is not designed for the customer building one-off wooden boats. However, wood in composite structures and wood as a structural fiber are addressed.

The classes are held in our brand new Technical Building here at the World Headquarters of Gougeon Brothers, Inc. (where WEST SYSTEM epoxy is manufactured) in Bay City, Michigan. The course includes some classroom instruction and plenty of hands-on projects. Attendees learn the best approaches to make long-lasting, cost effective boat repairs and will come away with a deeper understanding of modern composite technology. The Gougeon Brothers Technical Staff has been teaching a seminar on boat repair techniques during the winter off season since the late 1980s.

The cost of the workshop is under $500 and covers two days (4 hours) of instruction, all materials, hotel accommodations for both nights, continental breakfasts, lunches each day and dinner the first night. For complete details, download a pdf of the course brochure.

How you get here is up to you. It will be February in Michigan, so expect plenty of snow. Skis, snowshoes or even iceboats are travel options. Our advice: pack winter boots and warm clothes.