1st Annual Beaufort Cardboard Boatbuilding Challenge

AWARDS

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Finish (as applicable)

Spirit Award | Judges choose the most spirited team

The Golden Duct Tape Award | Judges choose the most creative boat design

The Titanic Award | Given to the team of the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion

EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday May 7, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Boat Build | 12-3pm

Rowing Race | 3pm

Awards & Prizes | 4pm

Participation & Boat Classifications

ADULT FLIGHT (18-Up)

Guppy | 1-2 people per boat
Dolphin | 3-5 people per boat
Whale | 6-10 people per boat

TEEN FLIGHT (12 to 17 years)

Guppy | 1-2 people per boat

Register for the Cardboard Boatbuilding Challenge

PARTICIPANT RULES

  • Every crew member must weat a personal floatation device (PFD).
  • You CANNOT race without the proper signatures on the entry form.
  • During the competition, crew must be IN the boat, not towing it, or holding it between their legs, swimming, or allowing the life jackets to provide floatation of the vessel.
  • NO pets can occupy a boat during competition.
  • Throwing water on another boat is reason for disqualification, unless said water comes from the incidental splash of a paddle or other propulsive device.
  • Contestants are expected to maintain the decorum and dignity expected of a yachtsman.
  • Sunken or discarded boats must be disposed of in designated trash receptacles.
  • THIS IS A FUN EVENT!! ANY BEHAVIOR THAT IS DEEMED TO BE DETRIMENTAL TO THE EVENT OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS WILL RESULT IN TEAM DISQUALIFICATION.

CONSTRUCTION MATERAL & RULES

  • The ENTIRE boat must be built from cardboard & duct tape. Duct tape my be used to reinforce seams. Each team will supply their own choice of cardboard, duct tape, and tools.
  • Corrugated Cardboard, Carpet Tubes, Cardboard Blocks can be found at recycling centers, appliance stores, department stores, discount clubs, electronics stores.
  • Pre-treated Cardboard such as waxed cardboard is allowed. No paint or varnish is allowed the day of the event, all paint & varnished cardboard must be cured prior to boat launch. Paints and varnish are intended to be used as decorative elements only–NOT waterproofing. NO 2-part epoxy paints.
  • Fastening material is to be duct tape only.
  • Hull wrapping in duct tape is allowed.
  • Decorations are allowed and encouraged provided they are not used as structural or floatation elements.
  • Crew costumes are encouraged.
  • Participants have up to 3 hours to build their boats. Boat building and/or final assembly will be completed on-site under the Challenge Tent at the Beaufort Waterfront. Some off-site pre-assembly is allowed for decorative components only.
  • Contestants should plan ahead and bring sufficient cardboard & duct tape for their boat design. NO card-board or supplies will be made available by the challenge committee.
  • Design is left to the builder(s). Let your imagination take over.
  • NO wood, plastic, rubber, inflatable devices, Styrofoam or fiberglass.
  • NO caulking compounds, two-part/mixed adhesives, glues, epoxy mixtures or coatings are allowed.
  • NO electrical, gasoline, benzene, propane or other chemical or electrical propulsion systems are allowed.
  • NO manufactured paddles. But cardboard paddles may be made ahead of time.
  • NO surfboard or paddle board style boat is allowed.
  • The crew compartment CANNOT be enclosed so as to interfere with escape.
  • Each boat must carry a closed gallon plastic jug (or PFD) with a 15’ rope tether firmly secured to the vessel. Guppy Class (1-2 jugs), Dolphin Class (2-3 jugs), & Whale class (4-5 jugs). Gallon jugs must remain inside the boat while racing, they are not to be used as floatation for the vessel. This is for use in locating and retrieving any sunken remains.
  • JUDGES DECIDE ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES.