Yes, you can build a boat from cardboard. This has been a tradition at our boat show for many years. Kids get a piece of cardboard and a roll of duct tape, and they’re let loose to design and build a boat. Once it’s complete, they get a chance to float it at the boat show. You’ve never seen so many people gathered on the shore! It’s the most popular event of the day. The kids all parade down to the docks and take turns launching and sailing their crafts.
Come to the Boat Show and BUILD a boat! Yes you can build a boat in a few hours to take home. This project was started by Eric Seepa back in 2009.
The idea of a simple, quick build boat came to mind after the success of the cardboard boat building the year prior, Eric was determined to have a “ real boat ” be built at the show this year. After looking at many designs none seemed to fill the need. He mentioned this to Steve Killing. Steve along with his son David took great interest in the idea and came up with a design.
The design was a dory made out of eleven pieces. Volunteers cut the pieces using routers with templates to ensure a perfect size and shape. The strong backs were also assembled prior to the show. With 10 of everything we were ready for the boat show.
A dismal forecast along with drizzle and dark skies early on show day had put the entire youth program activities planned in jeopardy. Countless hours of planning and preparation by so many of the youth program volunteers went into our new experimental pilot project, D-Day (Dory Day). Fortunately by 9am, mother nature had decided to co-operate and skies began to clear.
By 9:30am, while show spectators were enjoying and admiring over 100 beautiful antique and classic boats at the docks, a symphony of hammering could be heard pounding in the distance. That was the sound of nine new wooden boats being assembled simultaneously at the Bell youth program tent in the flea market area.
Thank-you to Bell for once again sponsoring this special event.
Some very enthusiastic young builders were enjoying their first hands-on experience in building their very own dory, along with help from A.C.B.S. volunteers, parents, and grandparents. As building jigs were set up on tables, safety glasses and instructions were given out and participants got busy spreading sealant to the first of fourteen parts required. With the bottoms assembled, builders eagerly anticipated the next step in adding the stem, transom, and seat frame to the building jig. At this stage, it was easy to see their boats taking shape. Hull sides came next, and by noon, the newly assembled boats were removed from the jigs and a lot of smiling faces stood proud beside their new vessels. After taking them home to paint and install oar locks and oars, they will experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of a boat they built for many years to come.
Special thanks to David Killing, along with help from his Dad, “Steve Killing Yacht Design”, in creating this very special dory boat project for the show. An outstanding effort on their part.
During the entire day, the younger children were happily assembling and painting their souvenir model boats. Early in the afternoon, builders for the second annual cardboard boat race began designing and creating craft in their quest to make it to the finish line without sinking. This year the boats faired better than the floating docks, sinking under the weight of all the spectators. Five out of nine boats made it to the finish line. Well done to all the builders! Hopefully most spectators made it off the docks with dry shoes. All in all a very successful day.
Also, a big thank-you to:
Noah’s Boat Building Supplies contined support donating dory boat materials.
Youth program director
Carson recives the Award from Derek Crawford
What is the Jr. Craftsman Program?
The Jr. Craftsman Program is an initiative started by ACBS international as a means of increasing the number of youth involved in our society. Aimed at promoting a love of wooden boats, with a focus on safe boating, this program provides a venue for our younger members to display their works. Participants between the ages of 9 and 19 are encouraged to enter projects for display at our summer boat show, and on our web site. Entries at the show may be judged according to their classification. Projects can range from restoration of a boat, to a newly constructed boat, be it a full sized boat or a model, power or sail. The projects may be displayed on land or in water.
My picture is about a boat my dad is restoring. It is a SeaBird. I like wooden boats but most of the time it doesn't matter if it's wooden or not, I just like fast boats. I really like the 1st boat my dad built because it's fast, wooden, and my dad built it. Jenn Bullen. age 13
I drew this picture of my new boat "Taz ",that my Dad and I are biulding for me.I finally convinced my dad to help me build my own boat.I was able to convince him I was ready when I helped him build a kayak for mom last year. Since I'm "in charge" of this project I get to use the power tools. I like that better then the sanding part. Kitch. age 11
I got my boating licence in 2001 and have enjoyed being on the water driving ever since. this is me driving the family's 1950 SeaBird, under the watchfull eye of my father. Kitch.
Jr. Craftsman recipient
Jennifer was a recipient of a Jr. Craftman Award at the 2005 Gravenhurst Boat Show
Sponge - "Sea Flea" length 8' width 4' Power - 1970's 7.5 Mercury
I had a very small budget for the boat. The only wood purchased were 2 sheets of 1/4" ply from the lumber store. This was the plywood for the deck and hull. The remaining pieces were scrap from the garage. The total cost of the boat was $96.06. I used gorilla glue ("strongest glue on earth :-)") to hold it together, as well some screws and nails. The bow was clinch nailed with bronze nails. Then and layer of west system was put along the bottom seams. The name although inspired by the cartoon is appropriate as you may get very wet in the boat. Great fun was had on lunching day July 7.05. I had a blast once I got over the jitters of driving such a small craft. My younger bother took off and was a little less timid with it. I had to call him back in so I could get another go. I suspect that great rides will be had for many years to come.