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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

BMC’s Awesome Staff

We’re thankful to have an awesome team working at BMC . This staff picture was taken after our Thanksgiving celebration with our BAEP students. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  

Rich Eisenberg Representing the United Way during Centennial Campaign

From the United Way of Erie County‘s Facebook: Funded organization representative Rich Eisenberg has been a great asset to our Centennial Campaign. Rich has spoke to various audiences around the community talking about how the support of United Way funding is impacting his organization, the Bayfront Maritime Center. Thank you for helping to spread the good word and LIVING UNITED Rich!   BMC is proud to be funded by the United Way.

Project SAIL Fall 2014 Graduates

The successful Project SAIL Apprentices; great work, everyone!

Taco the Town Hauled Out for the Winter

Taco the Town, flying both hulls today! BMC’s locally built plywood and foam 39′ racing catamaran hauls out in the fall and gets launched in the spring with the generous, expert help of D H Steel. Thank you Ray and Dan!

Highmark’s Make a Difference Day at BMC

THANK YOU to Highmark for their work at BMC on Highmark’s Make a Difference Day. Working with BMC staff and volunteers, the Highmark volunteers built 30 wooden storage boxes that will help organize BMC’s tools and supplies. Thank you!    

St. Ayles Skiff in WoodenBoat Magazine

From WoodenBoat Magazine #241, November-December 2014 – Launchings. We are very proud of our student’s great work.

Rowing into the Sunset

BMC’s Community Rowing Program – coming in earlier this week with a beautiful Erie sunset.

BMC and Sarah Reed Staff Attend Safe Schools Conference

Sarah Reed Children’s Center and BMC staff attended the Safe Schools Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania this week.  

Gannon University Plants Trees at BMC

THANK YOU Gannon University for planting three white oak trees on Saturday on our campus! Gannon planted 170 trees around the city in a grant funded program called “TreeVitalize”.

2014 EASE Picnic

The 2014 EASE Picnic. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, sailors, parents, and program partners who made this the best summer ever!

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