Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) was established in 2005, by a group of Les Cheneaux Islands area enthusiasts, with its impressive history of the building and restoration of wooden boats, learned that there was no wooden boat building school in the Great Lakes region. The thought of establishing such a school became a reality as major fundraising began and, soon thereafter, waterfront property was purchased. By the following year, a 12,000 square foot facility was constructed, complementing the unique local character of the historic boat workshops and boat houses that dot the islands. The first student enrolled in the fall of 2006.
Flash forward through the years and individuals that paved the way for today, and GLBBS stands as the only accredited boat building school in the state of Michigan. Status as an accredited institution means GLBBS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality education as set by the Accrediting Council for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The standards that drive the accreditation process ensure that the educational experience at GLBBS is well coordinated, competent, and delivered by a skilled and supported team.
As of 2020 – 2021 academic year, GLBBS offers two intensive twelve-month programs that prepare students to be industry-ready craftsmen and technicians. Graduates of the Comprehensive Career Boat Building program learn about traditional wooden boat construction, repair, and restoration. Graduates of the Marine Service Technology program are prepared to work in a wide range of marine fabrication and maintenance settings. GLBBS is a Mercury (Marine) University exclusive school. Through this partnership students receive a certificate from the Mercury M-Tech program and have the option to test for 4 Stroke Maintenance Certification. As an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) designated Marine League School, students have the option to test for an ABYC Advisory certifications, as well as other industry credentials.
GLBBS is housed in an impressive 12,000 sq. ft. waterfront facility, east of the Mackinac Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Huron in the Les Cheneaux Islands.
As a student you will live and learn in a place that inspires wonder each day. Satisfy any thirst for outdoor recreation with endless acres of public forest, trails, campgrounds, rustic resorts, beaches, and miles of open water and protected channels.
Getting to Cedarville is easy, leaving is the hard part. And yeah, we’re “out of the way” – but that’s just the way we like it.
FROM AREAS SOUTH OF CEDARVILLE
Take I-75 north, over the Mackinac Bridge (toll), and continue North on I-75 for 14 more miles. Take Exit 359 onto M-134/North Huron Shore Drive. Continue East for 17 miles – take a right on Meridian, continue south through the 4-way stop. GLBBS will be on your left.
FROM AREAS WEST OF CEDARVILLE
Take US-2 to I-75. Travel along I-75 North for 14 miles. Take Exit 359 onto M-134/North Huron Shore Drive. Continue East for 17 miles – welcome to Cedarville! Take a right on Meridian, continue south through the 4-way stop. GLBBS will be on your left.
FROM THE NORTHERN U.P.
Take M-28 east to M-129. Turn right and travel south on M-129 for 24 miles – welcome to Cedarville! Make your way through the intersection with M-134 and then through a 4-way stop. GLBBS will be on your left.
ON THE WAVES
Our dock is located at 45° 59’ 32.838’’ N and 84° 21’ 39.402’’ W
Cedarville can be found on NOAA Chart #14885.
FROM THE SKIES
Albert J. Lindberg Airport (5Y1) – Hessel, Michigan. 5 miles from Cedarville.
Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) – Kincheloe, Michigan. Car Rental Available. 24 miles from Cedarville.
Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) – Pellston, Michigan. Car Rental Available. 54 miles from Cedarville.