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By Dan Rudy 

Marine fabrication class launching new boats


Dan Rudy

High school student Brian Schwartz welds the hull on his boat during marine fabrication class. Schwartz is one of eight students this year working on designs as part of the program.

Students in Wrangell High School's marine fabrication class are putting the finishing touches on some new designs.

A longstanding program continued under current industrial arts teacher Drew Larrabee. The course gives high schoolers the opportunity to design and construct aluminum boats for themselves, applying the math and physics skills they've learned in the process.

Third-year student Brian Schwartz is welding the hull on a 17-foot jet scow of his own design, which should be finished by or during the upcoming Christmas break.

"The most important part is the tunnel," he explained, a chan...

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