Kingston Boat Builders Challenge

10/01/2022 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ET


Dates: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Times: 9:30AM - 5PM

Registration Deadline: September 3

We are thrilled to be hosting the 2022 Kingston Boat Building Challenge again this year!  As part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s semi-annual Celebration of  Woodworking Festival, woodworking adult and youth teams will compete to build rowing boats in a single afternoon. This event takes place October 1st, 2022, on the  Kingston waterfront. And we want YOU to join us in the competition! In 2017, the Hudson River Maritime Museum hosted its first annual National Boatbuilding Challenge, where teams of two compete to build a boat from scratch in just four hours, and then compete in a rowing race on the Rondout with cash prizes for the team with the best score in all three categories: speed, quality, and rowing race. HRMM's event is a qualifying challenge, one of just a  few competitions around the country. Held only on Saturday, October 1, this thrilling competition draws national and local competitors alike and the 4:00 PM rowing race is the highlight of Saturday's events.

Competitors are invited and encourage to watch professional builders build the entire boat from start to finish to observe tips and tricks on our pre-competition demonstration day Saturday, September 3rd. Entry Fee is $250; each team will recieve which $500 worth of material from HRMM. Teams must provide their own tools.

You can see example of past boat builders challenges here:

Judge's Meeting - 9:30 AM
Builder's Meeting - 10:00 AM
Challenge Begins - 11:00 AM
Challenge Ends - 3:00 PM
Judging of Boats for Quality - 3:15 PM
Rowing Relay Race - 4:00 PM
Awards Ceremony - 5:00 PM