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Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) continues to monitor and assess the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). GLBBS’ first and foremost concern revolves around student and staff health. Effective March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce human interactions and potential spread of the virus, GLBBS will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

Great Lakes Boat Building School

Chris-Craft Repair & Restoration

PROJECT SCOPE This year we have expanded our curriculum to include an overview of wooded boat repair and restoration.  We will be using an old Chris Craft runabout as the focus of our learning.  This will allow our students to observe what happens to a wooden hull over the years and explore options for repair. […]

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30-foot Truscott Launch “Marilyn Jean”

Project Scope This is a carryover project from the last two years and is scheduled to be finished this coming spring.  It is a 30 foot fiberglass replica of a Truscott fantail launch that was originally built in St. Joseph, Michigan in the early 1900s.  This year the second year students will learn mechanical and […]

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Wilson Watercar

PROJECT Scope This is a two-year project for Lance Wilson.  As you may know, Lance commissioned and/or bought three of the Hackercrafts that we have built and finished.  This is Lance’s personal boat.  He wants a runabout with some distinctive design features that are often seen on Canadian built runabouts.  He worked with Naval Architect […]

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Charles W Morgan Whaleboat

The GLBBS class of 2012 built an authentic Beetle designed whaleboat for the Charles W Morgan restoration project at the Mystic Seaport Museum.

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Chica (Traditional)

The “Chica” was specially designed for GLBBS by Carl Chamberlin of Basic Boats for the lofting exercise that all students must do in the first session.

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Dad’s Ol’ Skiff

A simple but high quality cold molded hull.

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Chica (Composite)

The “Chica” was specially designed for GLBBS by Carl Chamberlin of Basic Boats for the lofting exercise that all students must do in the first session.

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Gartside 16′-6″ Inboard Workboat

This traditional boat is a good example of how a “workboat” can be designed and built to be every bit as handsome as any yacht tender or pleasure launch.

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Gartside 19′ Cutter

The lines of this small cutter are based on a English south coast fishing vessel of the 1850s

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Garvey Workboat

A heavily-built flat-bottom workboat with a large towing bit and lifting spars.

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