Great Lakes Boat Building School partners
The Great Lakes Boat Building School in
Cedarville, Michigan is partnering with
nationally known Van Dam Custom Boats of
Boyne City, Michigan to develop the
school's second-year advanced boat building
course. The nine month full-time career program
will run concurrently with the boat
school's Basic Boat Building Course at their
12,000 square-foot facility in northern
Michigan. As the project boat for the course,
Steve Van Dam gave the school his plans for
the Cederville 26.5, a re-designed version of
Van Dam's custom 30' day cruiser. Students
will build the composite wood hull, and design
and construct the boat's interior including
its twin berth cuddy cabin. They'll also
install the engine, electrical and water systems.
The goal of the Great Lakes Boat Building
School is to provide students the highest
level of skill training to prepare them for
jobs in the boat building and restoration industries.
For more information about the
programs offered at the Great Lakes Boat
Building School, including summer workshops,
Van Dam Custom Boats has been in business
since 1977 and is known throughout the U.S.
building boats of exceptional quality and exquisite
craftsmanship. For more information
about Van Dam Custom boats, visit
The Cederville 26.5, a re-designed
version of Van Dam's
custom 30' day cruiser is the
project boat for the second
year advanced boat building
course. The course will
include construction of the
composite wood hull and
the design and construction
of the boat's interior.
The Challenge Mountain
(CM20) sailboat under construction
(left and below). It
is being built for a new sailing
program for the disabled
at the Challenge Mountain
program in Boyne City.
Instructor Pat Mahon oversees construction of the jig for the
combing of the electric-powered Zimmer utility launch.
Epoxyworks 29 / Fall 2009
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