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While participating in BMC’s hands-on programming students become actively engaged in…


As a not-for-profit, community-based organization focused on providing experiential maritime programming for area residents—mostly youth—BMC provides an assortment of educational programs that support the school’s efforts to maximize student achievement and personal development while encouraging them to become active participants in their own education.

What makes the BMC experience unique?

  • We utilize Erie’s challenging and engaging maritime environment to broaden horizons and build confidence.
  • We teach and reinforce the important academic and life skills that are crucial to students’ success.
  • We use maritime-related experiential learning to engage students and focus their attention on self-development, both academically and socially.
  • We spend the summer months sailing, rowing and paddling on Presque Isle Bay.
  • We spend the winter months indoors where students are engaged in the boat shop experience.

More than 17,000 students have worked together at BMC to build 92 boats since its inception in 1998.  Projects range from building  wooden canoes,  to  building a replica of the Erie Boat, the 29′ cat-ketch rigged fishing boat that was in use when Erie, Pennsylvania was the freshwater fishing capital of the world, 1885-1915.



Erie Boat Floating Classroom

Please visit our List of Courses for more information!