Welcome aboard the
2021 Family Boat Build
RiversWest Small Craft Center and the Willamette Sailing Club announce the 11th annual Family Boat Build, August 7 and 8, 2021, and applications are now open. The exciting event has drawn over 100 families in years past. A “family” can be almost any group interested in building a boat in two days. A group of two can do it if both are handy with tools and group of eight or so can do it, but they might find it a bit crowded. The event was designed for families, a place where parents and grandparents can interact with kids in a unique way. While we do not limit ages, experience has shown that the ideal ages are 8 and up with two adults. Boats have been successfully built by kids as young as 6 and with only one parent.
The 2021 boat build will be an outdoor physically distanced event. A maximum of six boats will be built, each within a 20' x 20' building space under a canopy for sun and rain protection. For 2021, there will be no public attendance due to health & safety protocols. If this event is cancelled for any reason, full refunds will be promptly issued.
All boats parts will be provided together with all the tools needed for the assembly. Oar and oarlocks are included as well. No woodworking skills are needed, plenty of experienced boat builders from RiversWest will be available to assist where needed. The build begins at 9:00 am Saturday, August 7th and by 3:00 pm on Sunday, each family will have a finished boat they can take home. The boat is a 12 ft. rowing version of the Salt Bay Skiff, weighing about 90 lbs. and easily car topable.
The price per family for the event is $450. Print and complete the application below and send it with your check payable to RiversWest Small Craft Center - PO Box 19234, Portland, 97280. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, based on postmark. This popular event tends to fill up fast, so if you are interested, we urge you to act promptly. We will also create a short wait list in the event some families feel a need to cancel.
As in years past, the event is held in the parking lot of the Willamette Sailing Club located on the river just off Macadum Avenue. If anyone has questions, please email Chuck Stuckey at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will try to answer them.
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