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Implementing Your Program
Our program is all about education and it can easily be adapted to fit your needs. Since 2006 we have launched over 40 boats and gained considerable experience which we have used to develop the following guides/handouts to help teachers make this program easy to implement and as rewarding as possible.
These guides include:
1. Launching options
2. How to customize your boat
3. How to monitor your boat
4. Sample finder’s instructions
5. What to put in the watertight compartment
6. How to identify your boat
7. Suggested retrieval instructions
8. Suggested NOAA websites for teachers and students
9. Suggested lesson plans
10. How to monitor ocean weather conditions from weather buoys, satellites, and other stations
In addition we are very fortunate to enjoy the wide support of various professional marine organizations, institutions, and associates that are ready and willing to assist us. For instance, Maine Maritime Academy will launch our boats all around the Atlantic, and their alumni work out of all the major ports around the world. They are a wonderful resource to us when our boats land in other countries. The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is another great resource to us and has launched some of our vessels off their research vessels. They also help us with our GPS monitoring. Our boats have also participated in salmon migration research with NOAA. They are willing to help us get temperature and atmospheric sensors installed on your boat if you wish. We also have the support of boat builders, sail makers, and harbor pilot associations, marine museum, naval architect, and engineers.
It is the job of our project manager to design an exciting program that fits the needs and interests of your school. Most schools launch their own mini boats but we can help you arrange a launch off a research vessel, the Maine Maritime Academy training ship, A private yacht, an ocean island or with offshore fishermen. Last year we started an international program where we launched mini boats from the Canary Islands with their students and it looks like students from Portugal might join in this year as well. Give us a call to explore your launch options.
Boat Kit Components: The complete kit package is shown here and includes the fiberglass hull, deck and keel, 2 plywood bulkheads, waterproofed GPS unit, and all satellite charges to up to 1,000 reports. Also included is a 4” deck plate into a water tight compartment, 2 strap eyes, stainless steel fasteners, mast and sail, foam floatation, two cartridges of marine adhesive sealer and one cartridge of marine epoxy glue. The kits are pretty simple to assemble and require using some fiberglass puttying, and using fiberglass resin but does not require using any fiberglass cloth or fabric. Any school tech center can easily finish these boats. For further information email email@example.com.
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