Building the Dream
Sailing and boats have been a part of the Grand Lake history ever since the Grand Lake Yacht Club was formed in 1903 making it the highest facility of its kind in the nation. The Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School is committed to promoting Grand Lake's boating history through a program that educates young and old alike on the skills to preserve, restore and construct wooden boats. The school is being modelled on similar facilities such as the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine, the Great Lakes Boat Building School, and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Washington State. A particular inspiration is Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, New York where high school students combine boat building with environmental education. The Great Lakes Boat Building School has teamed with the State of Michigan to create a continuing education program where post high school young adults can learn the skills of a craftsman in woodworking.
All of this is possible in Grand Lake. So what is needed to make this Dream a reality? First of all, it is a lot of people who enjoy the history of old boats and appreciate a heritage that so many have enjoyed as youth and later in our adult and retirement years. Secondly, we need a facility where we can bring together the experienced boat builder who can mentor the novice in boatbuilding. We see this facility in Grand Lake with its history and its wonderful summer recreation opportunities on our Three Lakes system and ample opportunities in winter to work on wooden boats when not experiencing all the things a Rocky Mountain winter offers in outdoor enjoyment. We see a facility where we can hold classes, where there are workshops for educational and restoration projects to be done, and perhaps a retail store where one can purchase boat building supplies or maybe a small remembrance of the experience. As we all know, that means funding. Become a part of us and help make this happen.
By donating, you help us build this dream.