Applications for Third Annual
Family Boat-Building Workshop Due April 15
Contact: Kathleen Schmitt
NH Sea Grant
February 17, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- This spring the University of New Hampshire Marine
Docents will host a Family Boat-Building Workshop, offering six
families an opportunity to strengthen their bonds while building
a wooden rowboat.
Each family must include one or two adults and one or two children
age 12 or older. No prior woodworking experience is required, although
participants should have basic skills using hand tools. An experienced
docent boat builder will assist each family. Because space is limited,
each family interested in participating must submit an application
by April 15.
The cost of the program is $500 and includes all of the boat-building
materials, oars and three lifejackets. Each family will build a
12-foot Bevin's Skiff, which can safely carry two adults and a child
for a day on quiet water. The boat weighs about 140 pounds and can
be transported on top of a car, in a pickup or on a small trailer.
Participants will meet Thursday night, May 13, for an overview
of the project and to learn about the habitat and wildlife of the
Great Bay Estuary. Construction will take place Friday through Sunday,
May 14-16, at UNH's Kingman Farm in Madbury. The following weekend
docents will help families launch their boats on the Oyster River
in Durham, while also providing water safety training.
The UNH Marine Docents are a group of trained volunteers dedicated
to the preservation and wise use of marine resources. They are sponsored
by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.
For more information and/or an application, contact Sharon Meeker
at NH Sea Grant Extension: 603.749.1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are also available at www.unh.edu/marine-education.