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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!  

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!!

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  

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.

Summer Programs Begin at BMC

Check out our summer newsletter and get all the latest news from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, Project SAIL after school program, EASE, Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program, Schooner Porcupine and the Cardboard Boat Regatta.


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.

Project SAIL Spring Session Begins April 4th!

Applications are being accepted for the Spring Session of the Project SAIL After School Program. Choose either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays; both classes begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Paid work experience for teens aged 15 – 18 years old. Two Project SAIL students, Gage and Tyler, completed the program and then went on to finish a year long apprenticeship in carpentry at BMC.

Ales for Sails 2016 is SOLD OUT!

We’d like to thank our supporters for another sell-out event – four years in a row!!

Genuine Sanctuary Moment

Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) students experienced  a genuine Sanctuary Moment yesterday. Students returning to their home schools expressed sincere gratitude for the program and our talented and dedicated staff members. The day started off highly emotional-Smiles and tears from students who initially came to the program displaying tough exteriors, minimal hope, anger, pain, no trust for adults, and closed to communicating their feelings, needs, and aspirations. Today, they reminded us why we do what we do! To hear them say, “Thanks for putting up with us, keeping it real with us, not giving up on us” made me proud


You know you want one, and you can get them on Eventbrite when you buy your tickets to this soon to be sold-out event. See the Schooner?

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

Mentoring in Action

  Thank you to Project VOYAGE mentor, Anne Sinopoli, for her fine work.  Anne is a 2012 Graduate of Clarkson University where she majored in Mechanical Engineering.  Her job at GE brought her to Erie where she began to volunteer for BMC, first at our fundraisers, and then joined the  Board of Directors in 2014.  Anne’s enthusiasm is contagious!  When she learned of a Project VOYAGE student who was interested in a STEM related field, she jumped at the chance to assist Ghana in pursuing her career path.  Thanks to The Erie Community Foundation for funding Project VOYAGE.      In

SCHOONER PORCUPINE Kickstarter Campaign

Porcupine fans, we are underway on Kickstarter! Please check out our campaign, and see all the awesome rewards we are offering to backers!  Click here for a short descriptive 1813 Schooner Porcupine video.

1813 Schooner Porcupine

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

Porcupine is “Keel-ing” it, so May the Swarf be with You

A cubic foot of solid steel weighs 490 pounds. The same volume of lead tips the scales at 707. Depleted uranium? Eleven eighty-six. Roofing pitch? Sixty. The fabulous void filling “ballast steel” we discovered? Three thirty. We know all this at Team Porcupine because all these things are sealed in the now completed and installed ballast keel. Why all these different things, you ask? Because the keel was a puzzle, and each of these materials was a piece. Ok, not the depleted uranium, but I wanted to make sure you were paying attention. With a calculated weight based on every

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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