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.

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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 Cheneaux Island Antique & Classic Boat Show on August 10th in Hessel.

The 17-foot Chris-Craft was donated to the school in 2017 by Mr. Michael Foss of Des Moines, IA.  Twenty-two students had a hand in the restoration effort; gaining critical experience in restoration techniques, propulsion systems, and finishing skills.

You can read more about the student experience here.

The first-of-its-kind “Restoration Raffle” raised $50,000 to provide resources and scholarships for GLBBS students.  Only 100 chances to win were sold.  The school has plans to raffle off a boat again in 2020 – the most likely candidate?

A 1939 Chris-Craft Deluxe.

If you are interested in receiving more information and updates about our next raffle, please click here.

We would also like to thank each and every individual who purchased a chance to win this beautiful boat and their support of our School.  Please enjoy pictures of the Hewitt’s first time out on the boat (below) – they have not yet decided on a name for the boat!