A demonstration session for the 2014 Beaufort BoatBuilding Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. The event will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
Admission is free and anyone is invited to come and watch as the actual construction of a challenge boat is demonstrated. Here's your chance to see what a previous competitor has learned!
Entering it’s seventh year, the Beaufort BoatBuilding Challenge seeks to celebrate and maintain the long tradition of boatbuilding and other maritime occupations along the North Carolina Coast.
The challenge is a two-man team competition (and in the first year two all-girl teams entered the fray). Each team builds an identical 12 foot skiff within a four hour time limit. Speed of construction and quality of workmanship are both considered in determining the winners.
The teams are judged on quality, speed and a rowing race. The teams build their own oars and compete against each other in the rowing relay race on Taylor's Creek, each member of the two-man team rowing one leg of the relay.
When the teams sign up with an entry fee of $100, they are one set of Carolina Bateau skiff plans, two Awards Ceremony tickets (Saturday night), two Challenge T-shirts, plus possession of the boat the team builds. Teams bring their own tools.
Visit the website at www.beaufortchallenge.com.
The 7th Annual Beaufort BoatBuilding Challenge, held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Wooden Boat Show, takes place on the Beaufort waterfront on May 3, 2014 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum.
The event is organized by the North Carolina BoatBuilding Heritage Foundation at 1913 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. Tel: 252.648.0944.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort, N.C. 28516. Tel: 252.728.7317. Visit the website at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.