A pair of Cape Fear Community College boat building students won third place overall in the 2009 Beaufort Boat Building Challenge on May 2.
With 15 teams participating, the Challenge consists of two man teams that are given three sheets of plywood, some 2 x 6 douglas fir, a quick-drying adhesive called Sika-Flex, and a bag of bronze anchorfast nails.
Each team has 4 hrs max to build a 12′ rowboat according to a set of plans. The boats are judged on time taken, appearance, adherence to the plans, and how each team does in a rowing race – they have to float.
“Our team is always up against professional boat builders and to do this well is very impressive,” said boat building instructor Ed Verge. “If you have never seen this competition, it is really amazing to see wood and bodies flying around and how well the finished boats look.”
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