Welcome to Great Lakes Boat Building School

Students at Great Lakes Boat Building School are provided a comprehensive course of study in the methods, materials, and professionalism required of today’s wooden boat builder.  Integrating lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects each of our full-time programs achieves the proper balance of theoretical and practical knowledge for career success.

Our Programs


The Great Lakes Boat Building School teaches and inspires students
in the art and craft of wooden boat building, from design to launch, preparing
them for productive and rewarding careers in the fine woodworking and marine trades. We strive to contribute to the growth of each student as a craftsman and to share our appreciation for the maritime heritage of the
Great Lakes and North America.

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

What Will You Build Next?