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.

There are no workshops currently being offered.

Opti-Pram Sailboat Building Workshop

In this workshop, students work in small groups with professional instructors and trained volunteers to build two opti-pram sailboats. The boats will go into the Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) fleet for sailing instruction. We will learn project management, shop safety, woodworking, and small tool use in a safe and welcoming environment.

Who: Open to students 8-12 years old

Location: Great Lakes Discovery Center campus at 13240 S W Bay Shore Dr, Building #4, Traverse City, MI (Red building with Inland Seas Education Association sign on door.)

When: The workshop will take place from 1-3 pm on Saturdays throughout the winter. 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

Cost: FREE   *Bonus: Students who complete the workshop will receive a full scholarship to a 2020 TACS two-week, half-day session to learn how to sail the boat they build.

This class is full. Please check back for future offerings. 


Boats for Sale

Our boat building program also engages adult volunteers in repairing boats donated to us. As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we sell these boats on Craigslist. We usually have a handful listed and are getting new ones all the time! Please email isea@schoolship.org or call (231) 271-3077 for more information.

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