Here at the Porcupine Project, things are getting heavy. Or rather the latest drawing from Naval Architect Iver Franzen is of the heaviest part of Porcupine—the ballast keel. The hull came with some six-thousand pounds of internal lead in the bilges, but Porcupine will require about twice that much to safely ply Presque Isle Bay as a Schoolship. To maximize the effectiveness of this additional ballast, we’re applying a bit of STEM and putting it outside the hull. The idea of external ballast is well established—from classic yachts to modern racers, iron and lead keels have become the norm for over a
While it was technically the first week of spring, the weather for last Friday’s “Gunboat Gathering” carried the bite of a wet winter wind across the largely ice-shelled waters of Presque Isle Bay. But inside BMC’s Boatshop, Porcupine’s first true public event was plenty warm and cozy with a sense of camaraderie. While we formally announced the Porcupine Project at our annual Ales for Sails event in February, Porcupine had to share the spot light with seven excellent local craft brewers. This time our Schoolship was center stage. Headlined by the formal presentation of a generous anchor grant from Erie
The Bayfront Maritime Center invites the public to “Break the Ice” on Friday, March 27th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
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.