BUILDING BOATS AND LIFE SKILLS IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Future sailmakers proudly posing with their finished product.

Rocking the Boat is a non-profit educational program in the South Bronx that uses boat building as a way to improve the life skills of high school kids in the Bronx. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, restore local urban waterways, revitalize their community, all while creating better lives for themselves. As they say, "Kids don't just build boats, boats build kids." 

Students learning the art of sailmaking.

Here they are at UK Sailmakers New York, on City Island in the Bronx, with a sail they made for one of the program's 18-foot Connecticut River Drag Boats. Their boats are sailed on the Bronx River and in the waters around New York City. Along with learning how to build and sail boats, they have now learned how to make sails. For more information on Rocking the Boat, visit their website at: http://rockingtheboat.org