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:

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 8-10 years old who are interested in learning how to build a boat.

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 10 Saturdays throughout the winter. 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14

Cost: $125   *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.

For more information or to sign up, contact Adam Burks, Lead Boat Shop Instructor, at 231-620-1148 or

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