Clark College welding program selling students’ 2017 project online as fundraiser

For three months this spring, students from Clark College’s welding classes worked to create an aluminum skiff from scratch. Now the welding program is selling the skiff online to raise funds for future class projects. As part of the college’s commitment to hands-on learning, for the past three years welding students have completed a completely functional welding project before graduation.

This year’s boat is 14 feet long and features storage under each seat, an anchor locker, a drain plug, fore and aft tie-downs, handles for lifting the aft end, and a bow tie-down for anchoring to a trailer. The boat was tested this spring on Lake Lacamas and found to be completely sealed and usable.

Anyone interested in purchasing the boat may bid for it online at https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1977227. Proceeds from the sale will go toward purchasing raw materials for the welding program’s 2018 spring project. Materials for this year’s boat cost approximately $1,500, and some 20 students contributed more than 1,000 hours of labor to complete it.

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