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BMC Through the Years Collage

Through the Years: Building a canoe under the watchful eye of Buzz 1998; A new garboard for the Friendship Sloop Momentum 1999; Looking up; Early EASE Program, the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania 2000; A boatload of sailors aboard Taco the Town 2001; Young Helmsman, timeless.  

1896 Lake Erie Fisherman

In 1896, Erie was the freshwater fishing capital of the world, (1880-1915). Blue Pike was the main catch; they are now extinct. Perch and whitefish were also caught, as well as sturgeon. I’m not sure what this particular boat was in the 1896 photo. The primary fishing boat in use in in Erie’s fishing heyday was the 29′ Erie Boat. We built a reproduction with school students, 4th grade through 12 grade.

Join us for the Gunboat Gathering on March 27th

The Bayfront Maritime Center invites the public to “Break the Ice” on Friday, March 27th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  

Renewing History, With Slightly New Quills

Hello fans of BMC and the Porcupine Project, Each step of the Porcupine Project draws the plan closer to actuality by some measure, large or small. As one of these steps, the recently received accommodation plan is more of a bound forward. It represents the convergence of physical space and philosophical plan into a tangible form. And it confirms that our donated hull and our envisioned programming will join almost seamlessly into the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay we’re striving to create. No official historic document exists detailing how the original Porcupine was laid out. While that gave Team Porcupine no clear starting point, it’s allowed us

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Shipwrights Mock-up Porcupine

Bob Arlet and and David Bierig mock up the transom and bow shapes of the Schooner Porcupine, while Nick Rinn works with Project Voyage apprentices.

Throwback Thursday Photos

A Throwback Thursday Album, because there are too many wonderful moments here for one photograph to capture.

Accommodating Images

Hello fans of BMC and the Porcupine Project, Porcupine’s path from concept to sailing will be paved with drawings from our Naval Architect, Iver Franzen. Each one is meticulously crafted and necessary to both evoke the vessel’s 19th century namesake and obtain United States Coast Guard certification. The first of these, the Lines Drawing, is complete and in our hands. Historically called the draught (pronounced “draft”), this technical extravaganza compresses all the information necessary for shaping the hull into a single page. It can be a dense and dizzying document to the unaccustomed. In contrast, the next set is arguably the most accessible and fascinating for

BAEP Students Boat Shop Work (March 2015)

BAEP students have been building the gunwales and the quadrant for the second St. Ayles Skiff and attaching them to the boat. Each student is also working on a customized wooden box using computer-aided-design software and the ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment in BMC’s fully-equipped boat shop.

Here’s to What “Quill” Be…

Hello fans of BMC and the Porcupine Project, Today I officially join the BMC staff as Project Manager for Porcupine. In the six months since I first heard of and asked to be a part of this great new initiative, we’ve gotten the hull and engine into the shop, started discussions with the Coast Guard, solidified partnerships with local school districts, hashed out some preliminary drawings with our naval architect, officially launched Porcupine’s Campaign at the 3rd Annual “Ales for Sails” event, and received the first $25,000 anchor grant from Erie Insurance! With each step, the unknowns have been filed away

Family at BMC: Former Project SAIL Apprentice Brings Cousin to Program

Ciza (L) a sucessful Project SAIL apprentice, graduated from high school and is working in Erie. He brought his cousin, Stephan (R), for his first day of Project SAIL today.  

Red Fox Spotted Outside BMC

This red fox greeted us last night as we were leaving work. If they eat birds it came to the right place –  

New Video Highlighting 1813 Schooner Porcupine Project

Help Float Our Boat! Thanks to Dan Henninger and Ed Bernik for the awesome video about the Porcupine Project.

Project VOYAGE Apprentice Completes Multiple Projects

Gage, one of BMC’s current Project VOYAGE apprentices, completed multiple projects in the past few months. Thanks to funding from the Erie Community Foundation, Gage and other Project VOYAGE apprentices are learning valuable job skills through one-on-one, long-term mentoring with accomplished professionals. Gage is working with Christopher Laird, a retired FMC mechanical engineer who is also an accomplished boatbuilder and carpenter. With Chris’ assistance, Gage built a shelf for his sister and a wine rack for his mother. Gage has learned construction drafting, the milling process, and how to professionally finish his projects. Chris said that Gage “is motivated to

Thank You for Supporting BMC at Ales for Sails!

A huge THANK YOU to all everyone who came out and supported a great cause tonight! And what a fantastic group of volunteers we had, too! Such a cool event. ‪#‎ales4sails‬  

Schooner Porcupine Center of Gravity Experiment

To determine the center of gravity, both fore and aft and vertically, of the Schooner Porcupine, we convened an accomplished team of friends. These locals included an engineer, shipwrights, boatbuilders, a sailmaker, a rigger, captains, carpenters, and sailors. Using highway scales, tape measures, plumb bobs, jacks, and trigonometry, this was accomplished. The current displacement of the Porcupine was also determined. These values give our naval architect an ‘as built’ starting point for calculations.  

Photos from BMC’s Inaugural Programs in 1998

A few of the photographs from when the Bayfront Maritime Center was just getting underway, in 1998. Since then 92 boats have been built; over 17,000 students and adults of all ages have sailed, rowed, paddled, built boats, learned about the environment, studied navigation, acquired USCG Masters Licenses, and more!  

Second St. Ayles Skiff Nearing Completion

Students will be making and setting floorboards, applying varnish, and building and installing a coxswain seat on the second St. Ayles Skiff. Follow our students’ progress on our student written blog ~  

Ales for Sails Tickets ON SALE NOW!

February 6th, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 P.M. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS Come taste the finest locally created products from eight regional craft breweries as you tour the Bayfront Maritime Center and check out the GREAT WORK our students are doing! – The Blue Canoe Brewery – The Brewerie At Union Station – Erie Ale Works  – Erie Brewing Co. – Lavery Brewing Company – Rivertowne Brewing – Timber Creek Tap & Table – Voodoo Brewery Sample and Vote for your favorites, and know that the evening’s proceeds support the many programs at BMC that are TRANSFORMING LOCAL LIVES EVERY DAY! $35 Admission includes: fabulous local artisan brews, delicious appetizers, a commemorative glass, an assortment of door prizes, silent auction items, a live DJ

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