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Family Boatbuilding Week is July 15-20 in Deltaville

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

The 11th annual Family Boatbuilding Week, Deltaville Maritime Museum’s wonderful hands-on learning experience allowing family groups to turn stacks of wood into their own sleek, versatile, work skiff, begins Monday, July 15, and continues through Saturday, July 20, when 8 proud builder families will compete in the “Great Skiff Race” for braggin’ rights. The race begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a week-ending fish fry, open to the public, at 11:30 a.m.

Started 10 years ago as one of several similar multi-day camps teaching small wooden boatbuilding around the U.S., the maritime park’s Family Boatbuilding Week is the only remaining week-long school still using real wood and traditional methods. There are still slots available for this year’s week of family fun. Call the museum office (776-7200) for an application.

“We have families from all over coming to Deltaville to enjoy our park, learn from the boatshop guys, build a wooden Wright skiff and take it home,” said Chuck McGhinnis, boatshop director and FB Week organizer. “There are still other groups doing single-day classes or working with plywood and plastics, but we are the last, week-long camp still using planks and traditional methods.”

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.

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posted 06.26.2013

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