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Family Boatbuilding Week

July 17, 2017 - July 22, 2017

For 12 years the Deltaville Maritime Museum has helped over 100 teams build their own wood crabbing skiffs. The museum boatshop has carefully designed the kit for the skiffs and no prior knowledge of boat building is needed to complete the project. Some woodworking experience is helpful but the museum volunteers will work with any team to make sure they complete their skiff. Two is a minimum number for a team, but three or four members make the job easier. For the price of the skiff you receive all the materials needed to build the boat.

Although other museums have Family boatbuilding, the Deltaville Maritime Museum is the only facility that builds out of solid wood (cypress in 2014), taking five days to complete the project. At the end of the week each team takes home a lovely, traditional Chesapeake crabbing skiff.

Daily schedule of events:

  • Sunday 7/16: Orientation Day for Family Boatbuilding Week
  • Monday 7/17 – Saturday 7/22: Family Boatbuilding
  • Saturday 7/22: Boat Races and Trophy Presentation (10:30am) followed by Fish Fry (11:00am – 12:30pm)


July 17, 2017
July 22, 2017
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Deltaville Maritime Museum
287 Jackson Creek Road
Deltaville, VA 23043 United States
(804) 776-7200