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 17-19, 2016.

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!

Click here to apply to the 2016 Family Boat Build.

For more information on The Lewes Historical Society, contact 302-645-7670 or

Click here for some great coverage of the 2015 Boat Build.

Please click here for a special WRDE A&E Report : The Art And History Of Boat Making.

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 the Society at 302-645-7670.