Boat rack allows Compass Project easy access to water

A new boat storage rack near the East End Beach Boat Launch will allow the Compass Project easier access to the water for its youth boating programs. Designed and built by Compass Project volunteers and staff, the rack will store the nonprofit group’s wooden rowboats just steps away from the water’s edge. The boat rack project is a collaboration between the Compass Project, Friends of the Eastern Promenade and the Portland Parks Commission.

“This project is a good reminder that we live in a city and community that supports youth development by providing kids greater access to the water,” said Shane Hall, Compass Project Hall program manager. “This boat rack will enable the Compass Project to expand our on-water programming and get more young people in wooden boats out on Casco Bay.”

The Compass Project mission is to use boat-building and rowing to provide positive direction to youth, encouraging the development of personal and community responsibility. For more information, visit

Photo caption: Compass Project volunteer Fred Fowler and volunteer coordinator Wendy West measure a board for the new boat rack while program manager Shane Hall looks on. The new rack, nestled next to the public kayak and dinghy racks near the East End Beach Boat Launch, will store skiffs and dories for the Compass Project.