Quick N Dirty Boat Building contest makes return visit

Published on July 16, 2014

Creamery Square hosts second annual event

Following the wonderful success of last year’s event, the Tatamagouche Boatshop once again played host to the Quick N Dirty Boatbuilding Challenge at The Creamery Square on July 12.

The event delivered on its promise of entertainment for the whole family as spectators watched participating craftsmen at work and enjoyed face painting, colouring competitions, hot dogs and much more. Family boatbuilding teams were encouraged, with grandparents joining juniors to see who could bang together the best boat.

Since the event uses pre-cut canoe kits and the skills of a mentor (also provided), no power tools are on site and its possible for everyone to try their hand at constructing a 15-foot wooden canoe. No experience is necessary.

One of the teams taking part in this year’s challenge is a team of students from North Colchester High School. Last year the student team was sponsored by the school’s O2 program, but this year Tri County Ford of Tatamagouche has stepped up to be their sponsor.

“Going forward we’re encouraging the local business community to support the youth,” says Jayne Holmes, a case manager with Open Doors Career Resource Centre and one of the event’s organizers.

The goal of the boatshop is to support and educate local students and youth, while teaching them about the maritime history of the area. The carpentry skills required to build a wooden boat are best taught in a boatbuilding arena and the Tatamagouche Boatshop offers that, along with committed and knowledgeable volunteers.

Each year students are brought in to learn by doing, actually constructing boats, using kits produced by Matt Cripps & Son Fine Carpentry. The kits ensure the best possible finish and standardized cutting, leaving the students to finish two canoes. One of the completed boats is designated for a raffle prize, while the other is put up for sale at the boatshop.

This year’s participants also benefitted from a visit and presentation onsite from Chip Dickison and Christian O’Neill of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association. Dickison is the training coordinator with the association and gave the students an insight into the Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Program.

For more information about the boatshop or next year’s Quick N Dirty competition, contact Jayne Holmes, case manager, Open Doors Career Resource Centre, Tatamagouche, 902-657-0180 or jayne@opendoorscrc.ca.