GLBBS Delivers Special Paddles to Lansing

On December 22nd, Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Director of Student Services, Ryan Hinnen delivered two very special gifts to Michigan’s State Capital.  One paddle was for Mr. Steve Arwood of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the other was a gift for Governor Rick Snyder. In August of 2016, Governor Snyder and Mr. Arwood […]

Posted: December 23, 2016 | View More »

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from GLBBS…

The Students, Faculty, and Staff at Great Lakes Boat Building School would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy (and healthy) New Year!

Posted: December 20, 2016 | View More »


2014 Graduate Kris Kindt returns to GLBBS as an assistant instructor We remain very proud of our graduates and the successes that they are experiencing in their respective careers.  It is particularly gratifying to have one return as an assistant instructor because in doing so, he is validating his belief in GLBBS’s program and his […]

Posted: December 15, 2016 | View More »

Up On Plane – Finding Our Niche

FINDING OUR NICHE By: Andy James, 2nd Year Instructor I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I am already one term into my 4th year of teaching here at the school.   Time sure flies when you are having fun.  Since I began working here, some topics keep resurfacing in […]

Posted: November 8, 2016 | View More »

GLBBS Launches New Website

Great Lakes Boat Building School, which teaches and inspires students in the art and craft of traditional and contemporary wooden boat building, announced today the launch of its newly revamped website. This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding of the School’s full-time hands-on […]

Posted: October 19, 2016 | View More »

GLBBS Summer 2016 Workshops offered something for everyone…

…from building kayaks and paddleboards to casting wolf prints! GLBBS’s full-time instructors, Andy James and Pat Mahon, along with the assistance of Eric Seefeld, Brian Nettleton, and GLBBS class of ’17 student Mark Pugh, instructed the Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) boatbuilding classes.  Between the Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) and Artisan Classes like Strip Planking or […]

Posted: October 2, 2016 | View More »

GLBBS Board of Directors Approves Brand Standards

Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Board of Directors has approved a new set of brand standards at their September meeting. “This style guide will not only make our interaction with external partners easier, it will streamline things for the faculty and staff here at the school – allowing them to focus on what matters most…the students,” said […]

Posted: September 21, 2016 | View More »

GLBBS Welcomes the Class of 2017

The largest class in GLBBS history has reported to campus.  Nineteen students and their families joined faculty, staff, and board members for a picnic on our waterfront lawn yesterday afternoon. Today, they begin their journey toward becoming shipwrights. New this year, GLBBS has added an Avocational Boat Building Program, new classroom space entirely devoted to […]

Posted: September 19, 2016 | View More »


We’ll never forget our first Beer Fest held in 2010…a beautiful day, promising a perfect evening, and then, just as the festivities began, the sky blackened and a wild wind came up in seemingly minutes, brining endless driving sheets of rain.  Three hundred-some brave souls huddled together under the tent, creating a blur of Army-surplus and […]

Posted: September 13, 2016 | View More »

Governor Snyder visits Great Lakes Boat Building School

CEDARVILLE, MI, August 15th, 2016– Governor Rick Snyder has set on a tour across the Upper Peninsula. His first stop was at Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) in Cedarville, MI. The visit is part of Snyder’s effort to highlight skilled trades as a viable option for students interested in careers. Great Lakes Boat Building […]

Posted: August 15, 2016 | View More »