Family Boatbuilding Week begins Monday
by Bill Powell
Coming up all next week is that wonderful time at the Deltaville Maritime Museum when families from all over turn sticks of wood into sleek, beautiful (and floating) work and play skiffs.
The 11th annual Family Boatbuilding Week continues the celebration of the satisfying hands-on experience of working with your family in wood and creating something that is totally yours. Over 100 “Wright” skiffs have been built by over 1,000 family members over the past 10 years of Family Boatbuilding Week history.
“This is the annual event at the museum that most encompasses our mission. Boatbuilding Week teaches families historic woodworking skills, gathers families in the nature park for a week together, and preserves a workcraft design that has been the ‘light utility vehicle’ of bay watermen throughout bay maritime history,” pointed out Chuck McGhinnis, museum boatshop director. “You really need to see the boatbuilding in progress to get that warm and fuzzy feeling.
All are welcome to stop by the maritime park any time through this Saturday and watch the progress as stacks of wood have become discrete, floating, watercraft. Watch and enjoy as the families and groups work in concert to form a thing of beauty.
By Thursday, July 18, the skiffs will be in their final stages of completion, taking their finished form and being made ready to paint and name. On Friday, July 19, the skiffs will be painted their final color. Kaptain Krunch will letter the names and the boats splashed to allow the planks to swell.
Then, on Saturday, July 20, the finished skiffs enter the “Great Skiff Race” at 10:30 a.m. Watch as the intrepid skiff builders play “bumper boats” as they jockey for position behind the starting line. Listen for the blast of the F.D. Crockett’s newly installed air horn signaling the start. Enjoy the “free for all” as the boats melee around the windward mark.
Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there. Call 776-7200 for more information.
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