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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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FIRST AID and CPR COURSE FOR BOATERS!

BMC is offering a First Aid – CPR Course specifically designed for boaters! This hands-on and scenario based course earns attendees a 2 year certificate from the American Safety Health Institute.              Space is limited    –     Sign Up Today.

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Under 60 Hours Left in Porcupine’s Kickstarter Campaign

Fans of BMC and Gunboat Schooner Porcupine, Porcupine’s Kickstarter campaign is offering some one of a kind rewards, and there’s only 60 hours left for you to back our campaign and claim one of them as your own! We’ve got great stuff, like authentic plans created by naval architect Iver Franzen and signed by the whole team, T-shirts with a special limited edition logo, chances to pre-book daysails and charters for Porcupine’s inaugural sailing season, and jars of golden swarf. The campaign is riding a cresting wave of success as it shapes up to make port on Friday evening. We started with high hopes and lots

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1813 Schooner Porcupine

A new Erie Times New’s article updating the construction progress on Erie’s historic 1813 Schooner Porcupine.

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The “Light” and the Heavy

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

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Bigger, Stronger, Porcupine-ier

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

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BMC Purchases Cutting Edge SawStop Equipment

Thanks to the generous support of Erie Insurance, BMC staff and students are assembling a new SawStop table saw. Table saws cause tens of thousands of serious injuries every year. In fact, there is a table saw accident in the United States every 9 minutes, and 10 amputations every single day. SawStop minimizes these injuries by stopping the blade within 5 milliseconds of contact, ten times faster than your reflexes can respond to danger. Learn more: http://www.sawstop.com/why-sawstop/benefits

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Welcoming Our 2014 Allegheny Bonner

We are so pleased to have Allegheny College Bonner student, Xzavier Scott, working with us this summer. Xzavier is from New York City and will be beginning his junior year in the fall. Last year, he worked as a community coordinator and as a computer literacy tutor in Meadville. He’s excited to have his first office job, especially one with such a beautiful view!

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