WELCOME to our new website: theboatschool.org
We, the Friends of the Boat School, have been hard at work to “Bring back the Boat School”. To many of you, our story is familiar. For others, it is new.
The complex at 16 Deep Cove Road in Eastport, the MAINE MARINE TECHNOLOGY CENTER, is long the home of the BOAT SCHOOL. We envision our Harborhood Community Center and the Deep Cove Marine Science Station as constituents in support our mission.
Please join us to “Bring back the Boat School”. Together, we can do this! We have a Strategic Plan to guide us to success. We recruited friends, new and old, to help us.
Here is a peek at our Strategic Plan.
Whether you are a former student, a friend, a volunteer or are just curious, we would like to hear from you. Alumni can help by telling their stories. Friends can help by spreading the word. Volunteers can help by doing what we can not do alone. All together now, we can do this!
“Bring back the Boat School”
Today, as we lay the keel for the future, it is with reverence for the visionaries of our past. Ernie Brierley, Doug Dodge, Fred Beal, the Calder brothers, Junior Miller, John Pike Grady, Peter Pierce, were among our stalwarts. They recognized that theirs was a world of knowledge deeply rooted in Maine’s maritime heritage. We respectfully submit our plan for the furtherance of their legacy. The new face of Maine Marine Technology Center will bring The Boat School into the 21st century creating an educational environment that values the skills of the marine trades and technology’s innovations.
Launching this process with us are Ellen Angel of Artifex Architects & Engineers, the STEINS team from the University of Maine at Orono Civil Engineering Dept., and Rafi Hopkins of Section Sign Design. We thank the Maine Community Foundation’s Washington County Fund, Belvedere General Charitable Grantmaking Fund, and the Donor Advised Fund which finances our pursuit, our community which nourishes us, and our consultant, Susan Coopersmith, who guides us. Special thanks to Will Hopkins and Elizabeth Drinker of Cobscook Bay Resource Center and the crew at Eastport Port Authority for opening their doors for our meetings and planning sessions.
“What we make has the opportunity to transcend expectation.” Antonio Dias, boatbuilder and author, Boats for difficult times, Boatbuilding graduate, class of ‘74
Charting our course
The Friends assumes ownership of 16 Deep Cove Road, home of the Boat School.
Five year evaluation, restructuring, planning period.
Maine Community Foundation Grant for strategic plan development awarded.
Susan Coopersmith, consultant, guides the board of directors through the strategic plan development process.
Artifex architect, Ellen Angel, and engineer, Scott Homer, provide pro bono evaluation of the facilities and identify priorities.
University of Maine at Orono Civil Engineering Dept student team (STEINS) selects our proposal as a senior capstone design project.
Strategic Plan implementation process begins.
Section Sign LLC’s Rafi Hopkins provides pro bono website design and ongoing consultation.
STEINS project presentation of concept proposal for entrance reconfiguration, connector building, and parking lot
Our new domain, theboatschool.org, is launched.
The strategic planning committee continues meeting weekly to “Bring back the Boat School”.