Mike, the owner of Great Lakes Boat Building Company, explains that at the age of 16, he wanted a boat but could not afford to buy one, so he had to build his own. He says little has changed in the two decades since. Mike’s specialty is building wooden boats. Though there is no great demand for wooden boats in the sport market, he believes there always will be a niche market for wooden boats such as the kind he still builds by hand.

The beautiful, natural-wood boats have appeared in several films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Mike also teaches boatbuilding classes, and has for about thirty years. He says he’ll continue building and teaching for as long as there’s a demand and he’s able.

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