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BMC's Mission:
To design and implement engaging, hands-on, maritime-themed educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility. Become a member today!


Tall Ships Festival 2016

It’s been an exciting week on the bayfront!  Eight beautiful tall ships descended upon Erie for the Tall Ships Festival.  Thanks to the Flagship Niagara League, our Bayfront Alternative Education students were able to tour several of the ships. Our rich maritime heritage inspires us all!  

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Thank You to our Erie Gives Day Donors!

We received a check today for nearly $5,000 from the 46 donors who so graciously took the time to donate on August 9, 2016. Thank you!!

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Project SAIL 2016-2017

BMC’s after school program, Project SAIL, is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Teens, ages 15-18, who live in Erie County, are eligible to apply. Fall classes begin on September 12, 2016 and run through November 1, 2016. .  For more information  

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Schooner Porcupine Happy Hour – 5 to 7 pm July 14!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Schooner Porcupine, Join us for food and fun at an open house in the BMC boatshop, Thursday the 14th of July from 5 to 7 pm. See the construction progress on Schooner Porcupine. Learn more about the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay and the other summer programming underway at BMC.

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Featured Crew

Captain Peter Schaefer retired from his first career, and decided to continue his service to the community by joining the BMC staff and working with Erie’s hardest-to-reach teens.  He generally can be found in the BMC BoatShop teaching the students to design and carve projects on the CNC Router or working on various other boat building projects, including the Schooner Porcupine.  When not inside he is out on the water running the safety boat for the Project SAIL after school program and Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program.  He holds a US Coast Guard Master License, is a NAUI Divemaster and is the owner of Lake Erie Adventure Charters. Glad to have you on the team!


BMC's mission is to: design and implement engaging, hands-on, maritime-themed educational, vocational and recreational opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility.

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