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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!

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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.

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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.

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Project SAIL

  Our Spring session of Project SAIL 2014 is in full swing. What a phenomenal group of teens! Many of these students are Bhutanese refugees who have lived most of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal  Project SAIL Coordinator, Amanda Loose, summed it up best when she said, ” While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about!” Click here to learn how you can apply to Project SAIL       Great job, everyone!  The “Mighty Oak” looks amazing.  

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BMC’s Blog Tracking Progress of Second St. Ayles Skiff

Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program.    

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New Covers for the EASE Access Dinghies

Over the weekend Bren and Mike picked up the new EASE Access Dinghy covers.  They are fantastic! Thanks to the friends and family of the late Donald L. Smith, for the memorial contributions sent to BMC. Don was an avid sailor and a boat builder, so his daughter thought that it would be fitting that the funds be used for our adaptive sailing program, EASE. Due to this kind gesture, we were able to purchase new tarps for our Access Sailing Dinghies, which BMC use to teach sailing to children with developmental and physical disabilities.  

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The 9th plank was installed on the 2nd St. Ayles Skiff this week!

The second St. Ayles Skiff is well underway at BMC. You can follow the progress on the SKIFF CONSTRUCTION BLOG being written by the students.   On Fridays the student boatbuilders update their Blog that documents their building experience.

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Second St. Ayles Skiff Is on the Way

Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program. http://www.bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/  

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Momentum Mast in the Boat Shop

We brought Momentum’s mast into the boatshop yesterday for repairs. Momentum is a 1964 Lash built Friendship Sloop, 31′ on deck, a USCG inspected vessel.

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St. Ayles Skiff Construction.

Maritime Education at BMC is all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM learning. Carpentry and assorted vocational skills and career awareness are part of the curriculum, too. But these students are also learning teamwork and problem solving while developing persistence and grit!

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End of the Season.

The 2012 sailing season ended today at BMC. We pulled out the Erie Boat with snow on the deck! See you in the Spring.        

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Cardboard Boat Regatta 2013

Thanks everyone who helped to make the 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta a huge success!! Community support for BMC is our greatest asset. Congratulations to the Winners of the Cardboard Trophies this year! Crowd Favorite: Despicable WE Most Creative: Pirates’s Cave Paddle for Good: LifeWorks Erie Fastest Time – Youth Division: Atlantis Fastest Time – Teen Division: Stealth Fastest Time – Adult Division: Volley Boaters Most Dramatic Sinking: TOW (Taking on Water!)  

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First Sail of the Season!

It was a bit cold, but the wind was just right! Taco the Town got underway with Project SAIL apprentices on Monday. This was the first time several of these kids had ever been on a boat. They all took turns on the tiller, and went forward to be lookouts. We had the bay to ourselves!

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Big Step in the St. Ayles Skiff’s Production.

On Tuesday, April 16th, the St. Ayles Skiff, built by high school students, will be turned right-side up. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. Students and staff will lift the skiff off of the building forms and turn it right side up to sit on a cradle. High school students attending the Bayfront Alternative Education Program at BMC have been building the 22’ St Ayles Skiff since mid-September. Erie teens attending BMC’s after-school program, Project SAIL, have also been working on the skiff. The students have built the boat, made the cradle for it, and are already

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No Boat is Too Small

Want to be on the Small Boat Festival Event planning team? By joining the team you’ll help BMC prepare for the Cardboard Boat Regatta & the Presque Isle Bay Messabout. Email lauren.moss@bayfrontcenter.org or call 814-456-4077 if you’re interested. Another reminder the Cardboard Boat Regatta will be Saturday, August 10th!

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2012 Presque Isle Bay Messabout and Cardboard Regatta

August 18, 2012. Photos from our Third Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and Presque Isle Bay Messabout.

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