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.


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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Harbor Skiff

A simple flat-bottom lapstrake skiff that can accommodate a small outboard motor.

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Heidi Skiff

This design is of a shallow-draft, beamy daysailer with both an efficient gaff-rigged mainsail and a jib. It is an excellent step-up for beginning sailors who have learned on smaller, mainsail-only designs.

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Sea Urchin

A small flat bottom rowing and sailing skiff.

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Petoskey Boat Company 14′ Rowboat Replica

The Petoskey Boat Company replica is a 14’ rowing boat similar in design to the well-known Whitehall-style boats, which originated in the 1820’s in New York City.

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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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Sweetheart Skiff

A flat bottom skiff.

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