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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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BEER FEST SELLS OUT!!!

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 […]

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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, […]

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Capital Campaign Hits MAJOR Milestone!

CEDARVILLE, MI, July 14, 2016– Clas Nilstoft, of Harbor Springs, Michigan, and his son Erik are attending a “Build Your Own Boat” workshop this week at Great Lakes Boat Building […]

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The Van Lokerens Preserve a Vital Piece of GLBBS History

In 2007, Patrick Mahon, as GLBBS lead instructor, chose a design by the prominent, Michigan-born naval architect, Nelson Zimmer, who had just passed away, to be the first major boat-building […]

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GLBBS Proudly Graduates its 9th Class

On June 3rd, fifteen students were honored once again by an impressive guest speaker, but this time several new traditions were introduced, and, for the first time, the event was […]

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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?