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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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Van Dam Cedarville 26.5 Runabout

The C26.5 is a modern interpretation of the classic lapstrake runabouts once common on American lakes from upstate New York to Wisconsin and beyond.

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18′ Lapstrake Speed Boat

A composite built 18′ lapstrake speedboat.

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Challenge Mountain 20

The Challenge Mountain 20 is a one-of-a-kind adaptive sailboat that can be sailed with joystick control as well as with a sip/puff system for steering and sail trim.

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Miss A.P.B.A. Replica

A replica of John L. Hacker’s 1923, 26′ Gold Cup racer is being built as part of the curriculum for the career Boat Building program of the class of 2012.

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Rescue Minor

The Rescue Minor is a shallow draft utility boat. It features a Tunnel-Stern V-Bottom that allows it to be used in shallow water.

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USS Constitution Pilot Gig

This Cornish Pilot Gig, a 32 ft, six-man rowing gig, has been commissioned by the US Navy to compliment the USS Constitution and provide a craft for training and exercise for the crew.

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