Great Lakes Boat Building School

Up On Plane – Finding Our Niche

FINDING OUR NICHE By: Andy James, 2nd Year Instructor I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I am already one term into my 4th year of teaching here at the school.   Time sure flies when you are having fun.  Since I began working here, some topics keep resurfacing in […]


Posted: November 8, 2016 | View More »


Up On Plane – Connections…

Connections… By: Andy James, 2nd Year Instructor When I started working here at the boat school, all I could think about, talk about, and dream about was boats.  After 24 years in the Navy, I was free to follow my passion and I was in the perfect place to do just that. Getting to know […]


Posted: September 12, 2015 | View More »


Up On Plane – Hacker Dash Two

Hacker Dash Two By: Andy James, 2nd Year Instructor Those of you who have followed the school over the years may find this article familiar. For those of you who haven’t, allow me to get you up to speed. The second-year students of the 2011-12 school year lofted, redesigned, re-lofted and built a replica of […]


Posted: April 3, 2015 | View More »


Up On Plane – Tad Pole…A Contemporary Classic Runabout

Tad Pole…A Contemporary Classic Runabout By: Andy James, 2nd-year Instructor Last fall, the school was approached by local summer resident Steve Upham to build a runabout to ferry people and supplies to his island home.  It would replace a tired plywood lapstrake boat that had served in this role for many years.  Steve wanted something […]


Posted: February 15, 2014 | View More »


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