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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Nikki, the “Can Do Kid”

Nikki the Can Do Kid By Dave Murray When she was 18-years old, Nikki Storey was captured in verse by her grandfather, Otto, as the Can Do Kid. Now some two decades later as Executive Director of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, she is charged to ‘do it.’ She had been the business manager […]

Posted: March 27, 2020 | View More »

The POWER of 15

Thank you for fifteen amazing years! 15 years of beautiful boats 15 years of skilled graduates 15 years of life-long friendships As the page has turned on 2019, we reflect on the last 15 years of accomplishments at GLBBS, we can’t help but be thankful to all of our friends, family, and supporters. Whether you’ve […]

Posted: February 26, 2020 | View More »

February student visit day was a success

  Fifteen students joined us on Saturday, February 15, 2020 for a future student visit day. This event, in conjunction with Les Cheneaux Islands’ annual Snowsfest, gave students the opportunity to tour the facility, meet staff, learn about our programs, explore the Les Cheneaux Islands, find out about financial assistance, and do some hands-on activities. […]

Posted: February 24, 2020 | View More »

Board of Directors Treasurer Passes after 12 Years of Service

Memorial Visitation Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Memorial Service Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 1:00 PM

Posted: February 24, 2020 | View More »

NMRA to offer marine trades scholarship in 2020

NMRA to offer marine trades scholarship in 2020 January 30, 2020 The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career in the marine trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students may apply. The application can be found here and is due April 1, 2020. […]

Posted: February 24, 2020 | View More »

Celebrating 15 Years

Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) was established in 2005, by a group of Les Cheneaux Islands area enthusiasts, with its impressive history of the building and restoration of wooden boats, learned that there was no wooden boat building school in the Great Lakes region. The thought of establishing such a school became a reality […]

Posted: January 27, 2020 | View More »

Exclusive Partnership with Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine and its education division, Mercury University, partnered with the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich., to offer a 12-month, 42-credit-hour repair and maintenance program. Mercury and the school announced the program at the Progressive Detroit Boat Show, which was held this past weekend. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner […]

Posted: January 27, 2020 | View More »

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 […]

Posted: September 30, 2019 | View More »

GLBBS Inaugural Golf Outing

On July 5th, eleven foursomes teed off in the Great Lakes Boat Building School Inaugural Golf Scramble at Munoscong Golf Course in Pickford. Congraultions to our winning foursome – Ken Wilke, Jason Wallace, Richie Boal, and Matt Gratowski. Thank you to everyone who joined us to golf in the Inaugural GLBBS Golf Scramble yesterday! And […]

Posted: July 31, 2019 | View More »

1947 Chris-Craft Sea Trials A Success!

It was a bright, shiny morning on Hessel Bay when GLBBS students were able to realize the culmination of their hard work over the past year.  The students, along with Instructor Rob Freel, put the seventeen foot 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe through its paces. This was some of the student’s first time riding in a wooden […]

Posted: June 28, 2019 | View More »