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Museum announces raffle of Wright skiff

100 tickets to be sold

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This Wright skiff, which was built during annual Family Boatbuilding Week at the Deltaville Maritime Museum, is the raffle prize.

The limited ticket raffle of a 14-foot Wright skiff is being held by the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. Proceeds from this pre-season raffle will help fund the museum Boatshop and its ongoing preservation and presentation of working watercraft construction techniques.

“This really is a high percentage raffle. Only 100 tickets are being sold at $5 each. You have a great chance of winning a handy skiff,” said Chuck McGhinnis, Boatshop director. “Heck, buy five tickets and your odds are up to 1 in 20.”

The 14-foot Wright skiff is a wonderful creek boat, can handle a large load, but are very easily rowed or sculled. Boats just like this were at one time the light utility vehicles (LUVs) of our local creeks and waters. They were used for everything from running trot lines and hand tonging to paying a visit to a neighbor “up the ‘crik.’ They are very stable platforms,” explained McGhinnis.

“If the raffle winner for some reason cannot accept the skiff, the museum will buy it back for $200. It’s a great deal either way,” continued McGhinnis. “The raffle will be held as soon as all 100 tickets are sold.”

This particular Wright skiff, one of those built during the annual Family Boatbuilding Week at the museum, was graciously donated by the folks from Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC), which is a staunch supporter of the museum and park and their many programs and activities.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the museum during its weekend open hours (Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.) or by calling (776-7200) or emailing () the museum office and leaving a message with information and how many raffle tickets are wanted.

The museum and park’s schedule of activities and events for 2011 will be announced soon. Watch the Sentinel for the latest information.

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.

posted 01.19.2011

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