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10 Years of Youth Boat Building in Portland, ME

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April 2013
Volume 11, Issue 4
In This Issue...
Wish List
10th Annual Boat Building Festival
Casco Bay High School Intensive
El Rayo Feed the Arts
New Course Navigators
Thank You, Volunteers!
Upcoming Events
Wish List
The shop is in need of the new or gently used items listed below. Please let us know if you are interested in donating!



  • Lighting: portable standing lights 
  • Hole saw set
  • Paint scrapers
  • Epifanes Primer
  • Quick Grip Clamp Sets
  • Jorgensen Clamp/Spreader
  • 10" Tablesaw Blade - combination rip/crosscut
  • Plastic Storage Bins
  • Drill Bit Sets
  • Hole Saw Set
  • Clinching Iron
  • Assorted Spare Tips for Wood-burning Tool     



  • Mahogany, ash, oak for boat parts  



  • 1'x8' or 1'x10's for thwarts
  • Dry, clear wood for boat parts
  • Construction grade 2'x4' & 2'x6's for benches, shelves, etc.


  • VHF or hand-held GPS system
  • Dry bags


Congratulations To Kera Dalton, of Massachusetts
on winning the lovely Rubens Nymph!
Stay tuned for information on our next raffle boat, a 6-hour Canoe.

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2012 was our 10th year of programs and we've been reflecting on all the great schools, students, teachers and volunteers we've worked with over the years. With almost 200 students from about 9 schools collaborating with 30 volunteers each year, we've definitely had the pleasure of working with some great people. 


In 2013 we want to hear from you! What effect has Compass Project had on you, as a teacher or student or volunteer? What keeps you coming back? If you've made a donation to us, what compelled you to give?


If you're interested in sending us a testimonial please email Meghan or give us a call at the shop. All of your support over our 10 years has been greatly appreciated! Here's to many more years to come!


10th Annual Boat Building Festival
Registration Now Open

July 12, 13, 14 at Back Cove Park in Portland.
Registration is open for the 10th Annual Boat Building Festival!


Compass Project is pleased to feature our first registered team for the 10th Annual Boat Building Festival - the self-titled "Southern Seniors." Susan Wilder White of Birmingham, Alabama, and her family will make the festival part of their Maine vacation this summer. With her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and a crew of grandkids, Susan will fulfill a wish she's had since summering in Waterford, Maine, as a child.

"It's sort of like a bucket list thing - I always wanted a little row boat and now I am building my own and will launch it on my little lake in Alabama," says Susan.

A frequent visitor to Maine, Susan learned about the festival through an ad in DownEast Magazine. "I love the state of Maine - it's my favorite place to go." She became intrigued by the idea of building a Bevin's Skiff to bring back to her lakeside home. The boat will be a little piece of Maine her family can enjoy in Birmingham.

We are thrilled to have Susan and her family participating in the festival, Compass Project's largest fundraising and outreach event of the year. Please join us July 12-14th at Back Cove in Portland for the festival. Register at or call us at 774-0682 for more information.

Casco Bay High School

Intensive Week    


Compass Project is excited to once again work with Casco Bay High School during its Spring Intensive week. This year, the eager crew of 19 students led by Casco Bay teacher and rower extraordinaire David Burke, will divide its time between working in the boat shop and rowing dories in the bay.


The main project for the week is to finish out the hull of a "Diablo" motorboat that has been partially constructed by its owner, Jonathan Nolan. "It was a science and math project for my sons, Robert and Oliver," says Nolan, who were 6th and 8th grade students at King Middle School when he started the project four years ago. Starting with the bare shell of the boat, the crew will work towards a completed, fully functional outboard skiff. As a group they will plan out, cut, shape, and install all of the interior solid and plywood parts, the gunnels, spray strips, and a partial keel. Students will also master the fine art of fiberglassing and make aesthetic and functional design modifications to the interior layout. 
Students will also enjoy some on the water time in our rowing dories, setting out from East End Beach. The water was choppy on day one, but everyone got out in the April sunshine for the first row on the year. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped us make this program happen for the 7th year: Bill Coogan, David Fernald, Dixon Riley, Fred Fowler, and Roy Chatterjee.  


Sunday, April 21

For the second year we are excited to be a part of

El Rayo Taqueria and Cantina's FEED the Arts event. Please come down to El Rayo on Sunday, April 21 from 11am-9pm at the Taqueria or 9am-3pm at the Cantina, buy some delicious Mexican food and know that 10% of the days sales will come directly to us!

For more information, visit El Rayo's website.

El Rayo Taqueria and Cantina 

101 York St

Portland, ME 

New Course Navigators 


Compass Project is pleased to announce the formation of a new volunteer leadership group, The New Course Navigators. Since the Compass Project became a part of Spurwink in 2010, a traditional board structure is no longer necessary. Nonetheless, the organization needs a group of volunteers who are focused on long range planning, advising the Program Supervisor, and supporting the activities of the Compass Project. The group met for the first time on April 9th for the first of two "visioning" meetings facilitated by Pam Plumb, who has been very generous with her time and expertise as we have created this new leadership structure. Compass Project is thrilled to have such an amazing group to help guide it into its second decade of service to Maine kids.  

The New Course Navigators are: Clint Chase, Roy Chatterjee, Chris Corbett, Aaron Crawford, David Fernald, Ben Ford, Richard Hallett, Sara Lewis, Holly Parker, Larry Pixley, Susan Savell, Roy Siegfriedt and Sarah Stern.   


Thank you!  

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped us staff the Compass Project booth at the Maine Boatbuilders Show in March. We could not have gotten the word out to so many interested visitors without your help!

Upcoming Events  


April 11th, Ocean Gateway, Portland: Toast of the Coast with Easter Seals Maine

Our South Portland High School One Classroom Project students have made a beautiful paddle that we're donating to the auction at this great event. If you're attending be sure to keep an eye out for it! 


April 21st, El Rayo Taqueria, Portland: Feed the Arts 

Enjoy some delicious Mexican food at El Rayo Taqueria on York St. in Portland and know that 10% of the day's profits will directly benefit Compass Project!



Buy a boat today!

We've got a number of beautiful student-built boats for sale at the shop. If you're interested in seeing what we have available or coming by the shop for a visit please email us at    

Compass Project
219 Anderson St., Unit 6
Portland, Maine 04101

A community-based program of spurwink

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