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Family Boat Building

Lewes was a shipbuilding town. From the 1600s until the mid 1800s, hundreds of vessels of all sizes were built on Lewes Creek.  Join The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle this art in Lewes as part of Family Boat Building Weekend over Fathers’ Day Weekend June 15-17, 2018.

Come support participating groups and families as they build shallow draft wooden boats called Bevin’s Skiffs, with help from The Lewes Historical Society’s Volunteer Wooden Boat Crew in front of the Lewes Life-Saving Station on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

At roughly 12ft long, these wooden boats are great for fishing and recreation on calm waters. The Bevin’s Skiff was created to be a teaching vessel, designed to be constructed by beginning builders, and is a perfect introductory boat for families.

After construction, the groups will launch their new handmade Bevin’s Skiffs at the Lewes Canalfront Park on Sunday around 1:00pm. Come cheer them on as they watch their boats stay afloat!


Register your group

Held June 15-17, you and your family have the chance to build your own 12’ Bevin’s Skiff and test your craftsmanship as we launch the boats in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Sunday afternoon.

Our dedicated team of volunteers will help show you the ropes, whether you are a beginner or a master craftsman.  At the end of the weekend, you and your family will be able to row away with your skiff and take it home to share with your family and friends.

Space is limited!

Learn more and register today!

Want to join the Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew?

The Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew constructs a new boat to be raffled off annually. Proceeds benefit The Lewes Historical Society.  The Volunteer Crew also prepares the materials necessary for the June Boat Build and assists groups and families on Boat Building Weekend with the assembly process.

Join the Fun!  For more information about the boat raffle or to join the Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew, contact [email protected].