Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Boatbuilding class raffles kayak to benefit OLLI

A Wooden Boat Building class at UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program in Wilmington built a 17-foot kayak from a kit, led by instructor Jim Hainer (third from left).

Lifelong learners build hand-crafted kayak

A boat-building class at the University of Delaware’s lifelong learning program in Wilmington has completed its second kayak project, and will be raffling the boat on Thursday, Dec. 10. Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington lifelong learning program.

Both kayak projects were built from donated kits in the new Wooden Boat Building class led by instructor and program member Jim Hainer, a longtime boating enthusiast and woodworker.

“Wooden boat building is very satisfying,” said Hainer. “One enjoys both the crafting and the ‘pleasing-to-the-eye’ lines of a traditional boat.” 

This semester, Hainer was joined by co-instructor DuWayne Preston, a former industrial arts educator. 

None of the class members had extensive woodworking experience prior to the class, and all reported an extremely enjoyable learning experience.

The UD community and the public are invited to purchase raffle tickets for this semester’s completed kayak, the Pinguino 145, a 14.5-foot wood and epoxy recreational model built from a premium kit by Pygmy Boats. The kayak is currently on display in the Arsht Hall lobby on UD’s Wilmington Campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Raffle tickets are $25 each, and no more than 50 will be sold. Tickets can be obtained at Arsht Hall or by contacting Hainer at 302-547-4631 or zyruk@verizon.net. Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win on Dec. 10.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington is an academic cooperative for people age 50 and over. The University also offers Osher Lifelong Learning programs in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View, with the Wilmington program having the distinction of being one of the oldest and largest of such programs in the U.S.

Course offerings for the upcoming spring semester include sculpture, jazz band, classic movies, Jewish fiction, genealogy, butterflies, George Washington, iPad photography, Chinese conversation and medical lectures. A new wooden boat-building class is planned for the near future.

For more information, contact the program at 302-573-4417 or LLL-wilm@udel.edu or visit the website.