Boat Building – Current Offerings

ISEA’s boat building programs connect with our mission of inspiring Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion by building a life-long love of the Great Lakes. We take care of the things we are passionate about, and we can’t think of a better way to build a passion for our Great Lakes than by helping individuals to enjoy them in/on a boat that they build. ISEA’s boat building programs are designed to provide a balance of both traditional and modern boat construction techniques. These skills are taught through a wide variety of programs.

Current Offerings:

Group Standup Paddleboard

Inland Seas Education Association and Traverse City East Middle School and partnering to offer a group standup paddleboard making class. Students will learn woodworking, shop safety, and boat building skills while making the paddleboard and will be able to use it in the Spring out on the bay. The class will take place in the East Middle School woodshop on Tuesdays from 2:45-5:00 pm. This after-school program for middle-school aged students will run from November 7-December 19. The cost is free, but space is limited (only 15 spots available) and registration is required. Call 231-620-1148 for more information or to sign up.

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Volunteer, Mike Cherry, will lead a ten-week pram building class in the ISEA boat shop Winter/Spring 2018 for students 10, 11, and 12 years old. Ten students will work alongside adult volunteers to build an Opti pram. Upon completion of the course, students who attend the mandatory orientation and attend a minimum number of workdays will receive a scholarship to learn to sail the pram with Traverse Area Community Sailing. The session is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration details will be available closer to the class.

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