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Presque Isle Bay Messabout 2014

Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Third Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout on August 16-17, 2014 at their waterfront campus. There were many beautiful hand-crafted boats on display. The committee honored the following entries: Traditional Design/Traditional Construction – Whaleboat “Bruce” – Craig Holm & DJ Kitzel Best Restoration – Rhodes 29 “Altair” – Joe Nagle Traditional Design/Contemporary Construction – Elgin 16 – Gary Kilmer Best in Show – Caledonia Yawl “Delight” – John Shinaberger Best Paddling Boat – Strip Canoe “Prospector” – Chris Laird 

Thousands Attend Cardboard Boat Regatta

With thousands of spectators cheering them on, more than 150 boaters set sail in their cardboard boats for the Bayfront Maritime Center’s annual cardboard boat regatta. Some sailed all the way to the finish line, some barely made it, and others sank. But the regatta is more than just a competition, it’s a fundraiser for the Bayfront Maritime Center and an educational experience. “It’s a great way to work with kids to teach them math and science and team work and measuring and careful cutting and fitting and perseverance and end up with a product that you can have some

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Retro BMC Videos

Check out this post to see Channel 12’s coverage of the St. Ayles Skiff hull turning,  a promotional video about the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and a amateur video from when Happi 92.7 participated in the Regatta.

Taco the Town Is Back in the Water!

Taco the Town is back in the water! BMC’s 35′ racing catamaran is locally designed and locally built.

Anything That Floats

A BLAST FROM THE PAST! The precursor to BMC’s Cardboard Regatta, The great ‘Anything That Floats’ race of 1998!  

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!

EASE Program Begins Its 15th Season

The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, EASE, began in 2000. Today is the start of the 15th season. The BMC adaptive fleet has grown to five Access Dinghys,and includes a Liberty, a cat-rigged Breeze, and three 303’s. EASE is organized and run by a dedicated and accomplished crew of 20 volunteers lead by Kathy and Bren Lindell. The Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Access Dinghy National Championships in 2004. EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. A HUGE THANK YOU to Eric Guerrein and Lakeshore Towing Services, Inc., who allow us to run EASE from the Wolverine Park Marina. 

Turning it Over!

On the last day of the school year, the high school students in the Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) turned over the hull of the second St. Ayles Skiff. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. These students leveled the strongback, set the keelson, planked the boat, laid the keel and outer stems, and turned the hull over. Over 200 BAEP students, Project SAIL apprentices, and student volunteers have worked on this skiff, which will be used in Erie’s first community rowing program at BMC.

New Mast on Friendship Sloop Momentum

The Friendship Sloop Momentum sailing today with her new mast! She turns 50 this year.

Friendship Sloop Momentum’s New Mast In Progress

After three months of hard work by our students and faculty, BMC finished installing a new mast on Friendship Sloop Momentum.  The mast is 37′, Douglass Fir, 16 sided and ready to set sail.

Environmental Science Research Vessel in Lake Erie

The Research Vessel Nancy K, a 55’ Great Lakes fishing tug built in 1951, will be moored here in Erie with the Bayfront Maritime Center vessels in the East Canal Basin for several days. Aboard are University of Michigan Research Scientists studying plastic pollution levels in Great Lakes waters. Most of these plastic particles are tiny and can only be seen through a microscope. What they’re looking for is a nearly invisible cloud of plastic particles near the surface. Fish can confuse it with food, or swallow it by accident. These plastic particles attract chemical pollutants and can carry toxins

Thank You GE Executives!

A big shout out to the GE Transportation Executives for their hard work at BMC! They did an amazing job of landscaping our campus grounds, complete with trimming, weeding, planting, mulching, edging, weed whipping, and graveling the parking lot. Thank you so much Kathy, Kevin and crew. It looks great.


Project SAIL apprentices rowed again today.  First there was some dry-land training to learn the commands needed to manage the skiff.  Some of these apprentices are refugees and new Americans and they are learning English at the same time!       Most of the apprentices have NEVER been in a boat before, and this is a  boat they helped to build – BMC’s first St. Ayles Skiff,  Mighty Oak.  

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