Young students take a lot of pride in their ability to plan, construct, launch, and row their own boats.

John Rouse began Boston Family Boat Building in 2005. His mission: to give Boston schoolchildren basic skills and a sense of personal accomplishment, by teaching them to build their own boats from scratch. The Solomon Foundation provided grants to help launch a boat rental program on the Esplanade which was later moved to Jamaica Pond. The "Olmsted" and the "Eliot," two "flatiron" skiffs, were built by students and launched in 2011.

Located at selected Boston public schools and Jamaica Pond.
Grant for new boats.
A new sail boat design was added to the fleet of row boats in 2013. These student built boats can be rented at Jamaica Pond during the warm months. Courageous Sailing manages the boat rental program on Jamaica Pond.