Build A Boat With Your Family In A Weekend Workshop
Contact: Kirsten Weir
603-749-1565
NH Sea Grant
April 7, 2006

Editorís Note: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Spring has arrived, and with it the UNH Marine Docents’ fifth annual Family Boat-Building Workshop. During the weekend-long workshop, six families will have an opportunity to make a boat while making memories. “This program gives each family the joy of completing a complex task together as well as a means of enjoying our marine resources,” said Mark Wiley, NH Sea Grant Extension Specialist for Marine Education. “We guarantee a 100% success rate.”

Eligible families must include one or two adults and at least one child age 12 or older. No prior woodworking experience is required, but participants should have basic skills using hand tools. An experienced Docent boat builder will assist each family.

“Without the Docents I wouldn't have known where to begin. They provided logistics and guidance every step of the way,” said Jon Greenberg of Concord, whose family participated in a previous workshop. “There is enormous satisfaction in making way in a vessel our family built together.”

Because space in the program is limited, each family interested in participating must submit an application by April 24. The $550 program fee 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 a family of three for a day on quiet water. Through the generosity of the Durham Marketplace, limited scholarship funds are available to aid local families.

Participants will meet Thursday night, May 18, for an overview of the project and a discussion of the habitat and wildlife of the Great Bay Estuary. Construction will take place Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, at UNH’s Kingman Farm in Madbury. After completing the boats on Sunday, Docents will help families launch their new skiffs on the Oyster River in Durham.

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, an application or scholarship guidelines, contact NH Sea Grant Extension Specialist Mark Wiley at 603.749.1565 or mark.wiley@unh.edu. Applications are also available at www.unh.edu/marine-education.