Great Lakes Boat Building School

30-foot Truscott Launch “Marilyn Jean”

Completed Project

Commissioned Project

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 electrical systems as well as finishing techniques on this boat.  After graduation, this boat will be delivered to the Inland Water Route Historical Society in Alanson, Michigan where it will provide tours of the Inland Water Route’s connecting rivers, Burt Lake, Mullet Lake, and Crooked Lake.



Length (LOA):  30 feet
Width (beam):  7+ feet
Displacement:  5-6000lbs
Power:  Yanmar Diesel.


Construction Details

This year our students will finish up the wood work on this boat.  That is primarily the fine yacht joinery and finish work on the wood and hull.  They will also design and install the entire electrical system, fire suppression system, exhaust system, fuel system and mechanical systems including engine, shaft and steering systems.  This boat offers a unique learning opportunity for our students as it is a Coast Guard Inspected Vessel which requires construction oversight by the Coast Guard and following a very detailed set of standards and laws associated with commercial vessels.