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About Us

Since 1998, the Bayfront Maritime Center, a 501©(3) non-profit community based organization, has provided over 18,000 community members from every socio-economic group, hands-on, year-round programming and built 92 boats in the process.

Kids building boats, boats building kids!

Kids building boats, boats building kids!


BMC’s mission is to: design and implement engaging, hands-on, maritime-themed educational, vocational and recreational opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility.



40 Holland Street
Erie PA 16507


BMC works with some of the most at-risk young adults: the ones who are not successful in school, youth with disabilities, and the children of refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers.

BMC has created innovative and engaging hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programming aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards that uses boat building, navigation, environmental science, sailing, rowing and paddling to teach students.


Success Stories

Richard Eisenberg named “Remarkable Man” by the Erie Times

The Erie Times News section “Her Times” has named Richard Eisenberg, BMC’s Executive Director, their Remarkable Man of the Month. The Erie Times’ Suzanne Scarpino stated: ” [T]he Bayfront Maritime Center is home to some of the most successful youth programming in the region — and Richard Eisenberg has been at the helm since day one.” When asked about the Maritime Center’s programming, Eisenberg said: “We’re not trying to crank out boat builders or sailors, but kids that are successful, who can think on their feet, effectively communicate, problem-solve, and disagree without fighting. Those are skills that are important in any job setting.” The Maritime Center staff applauds Rich for his dedication and effort, and congratulates him on this honor.