Right now, you can see daylight through the bottom of Porcupine’s fiberglass keel in 14 different places. In some spots, you can see right up through the deck hatches. Normally, this is nothing to celebrate in a vessel of any sort. But in an out of the box project like ours, it marks a clear sign of progress for Team Porcupine, because these holes, all 1-1/4”, clear the way for attaching the ballast keel. The entire process of transforming our Bruce Roberts Spray 40 into Porcupine will be a series of puzzles. As our first one, the keel has proved tricky. Attaching a
Dust is flying, glue is flowing and big, heavy pieces of Porcupine are arriving by truck, ready to be assembled and installed. In the past few weeks, we’ve transferred Porcupine’s hull from the cradle she’d been in for the past 20 years or more and on to blocking and jack stands. This allowed us better access to the underside of her keel. With room to work and move under the hull, we created a plywood pattern for the top and bottom plates of the steel ballast keel. Since I first wrote about the ballast keel, there’s been a fair bit of head-scratching about
EASE began its 14th season of adaptive sailing on Friday June 20th! BMC started adaptive sailing in 2000, and the EASE program became established in 2001. This is the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. It serves the entire tri-state region. THANK YOU to the more than 20 dedicated EASE volunteers who organize, schedule, staff, and sail all day with the sailors, while parents, grandparents,siblings, and caregivers share in their experience while aboard the escort vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT. EASE began with fundraising help from the Junior League of Erie to purchase two Access
One step forward in the Porcupine process required a step backwards. When we received the donated hull from the Palmertons, the interior they’d decided on was already partially installed. They’d obviously been working from forward—the “V-berth” was home to a guest cabin tricked out with excellent storage and varnished trim, all it wanted was a mattress to be move-in ready. Working aft, a convertible settee/bunk and a library complete with risers for chairs were close to completion. Behind them, the galley and the forward head and shower were roughed in and taking shape. However, since Porcupine will require roughly quadruple
Maritime Educator and Project SAIL Instructor
Jodi Carpenter joined the BMC staff in 2012 as a Maritime Educator. Jodi runs the boat shop and directs the boat building programming for the Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) and Project SAIL after-school program. She has lead over 200 students in the construction of two St. Ayles Skiffs during the past three years. She also coordinates the Community Rowing Program, mentors a Project VOYAGE apprentice in carpentry, and won the "Fastest Time" award during BMC's Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta last year. Jodi is a positive, highly-skilled role-model for our female students to emulate. The door for women in the maritime industry is opening in many areas including the Coast Guard, where incoming classes have the highest amount of women of any military branch. Jodi was recently interviewed on the Plural of You podcast, which highlights leaders who have chosen to help individuals in unique ways. Jodi is a key member of the BMC team, and we're thankful for all her hard work.