The Boat Shop
BMC’s waterfront campus is one of the finest in the United States, with a large fully equipped boatshop, CNC digital fabrication equipment, maritime simulation equipment and a fleet of vessels which serve as floating classrooms.
High school students attending the Bayfront Alternative Education Program at BMC have been building two St. Ayles Skiff’s since mid-September. Erie teens attending BMC’s after-school program, Project SAIL, have also been working on the skiff. BMC’s first St. Ayles Skiff, Mighty Oak, was constructed from October, 2012 to June 2013. It was launched on June 6th, 2013. 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: bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com
The boat building project is funded by a grant from the Erie Community Foundation. The Skiffs are used in BMC’s Community Rowing Program.