Great Lakes Boat Building School

Exclusive Partnership with Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine and its education division, Mercury University, partnered with the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich., to offer a 12-month, 42-credit-hour repair and maintenance program. Mercury and the school announced the program at the Progressive Detroit Boat Show, which was held this past weekend. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner […]

Posted: January 27, 2020 | View More »

Raffle Winners Launch their new Boat!

A week after their winning number (#69) was drawn by GLBBS Comprehensive Career Boat Building student Jesse Nakfoor at the 10th Annual Beer Fest & Boat Yard Bash on August 30th – Jake and Cheryl Hewitt met their new boat.  The lucky couple purchased their “Restoration Raffle” ticket for the 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe at the Les […]

Posted: September 30, 2019 | View More »

GLBBS Inaugural Golf Outing

On July 5th, eleven foursomes teed off in the Great Lakes Boat Building School Inaugural Golf Scramble at Munoscong Golf Course in Pickford. Congraultions to our winning foursome – Ken Wilke, Jason Wallace, Richie Boal, and Matt Gratowski. Thank you to everyone who joined us to golf in the Inaugural GLBBS Golf Scramble yesterday! And […]

Posted: July 31, 2019 | View More »

1947 Chris-Craft Sea Trials A Success!

It was a bright, shiny morning on Hessel Bay when GLBBS students were able to realize the culmination of their hard work over the past year.  The students, along with Instructor Rob Freel, put the seventeen foot 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe through its paces. This was some of the student’s first time riding in a wooden […]

Posted: June 28, 2019 | View More »

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 GLBBS Graduating Class

On June 14th, 2019 six students graduated from the Comprehensive Career Boat Building program at Great Lakes Boat Building School.  Chris Kowalski, Ben Diamond, Corey Stockdale, Will Robbins, Scott Webster, and Tom Ruddy successfully completed their studies at GLBBS! After the ceremonial “signing of the paddle” a dinner reception was held at Ang-Gios Restaurant for […]

Posted: June 28, 2019 | View More »

Alumni Connection: Ryan Kasik ’09

Stem2Stern caught up with Ryan Kasik, a 2009 graduate of Great Lakes Boat Building School.  We were able to get his thoughts on his experience working in the Marine Industry and as a student at GLBBS. Q.) Did you always want to work in boats? What led you to GLBBS? A.) While growing up, I […]

Posted: June 28, 2019 | View More »

Meet The Crew: Restoring the 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe

Stem2Stern was able to catch up with the team of students that will complete the restoration of a 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe – a 17 foot runabout donated to the school’s restoration program by Michael Foss. Over pizza at Ang-Gio’s restaurant the group, along with Instructor Rob Freel, reflected on their time spent together working on […]

Posted: June 14, 2019 | View More »


  This past week, the 5th grade classes from Rudyard Elementary School visited GLBBS for a field trip. On their tour, students learned about the different parts of boats, the wood and tools we use to construct them, steam-bending demonstrations, and how to use some of the hand tools that boat builders use. If you […]

Posted: May 31, 2019 | View More »

GLBBS to host two Prospective Student Open Houses this Summer

Great Lakes Boat Building School admissions advisor, Chris Ritchie announced that the school will host two Open Houses this summer for prospective students. “If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about becoming a full-time student at GLBBS, says Ritchie. “Please plan on stopping by one of these open houses.” Prospective students […]

Posted: April 30, 2019 | View More »


GLBBS students have been hard at work in the shop AND the classroom. Recently, several students slated to graduate in June took and passed their American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Advisory Gasoline Engine certification exam. Taking the exam is not mandatory. Students must put in extra time, outside of their normal studies and projects, […]

Posted: April 30, 2019 | View More »