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Build a boat with the family

The Waterfront Center of Oyster Bay, N.Y., and the Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor announce a new joint venture, Family Boatbuilding Weekend, to be held July 24 to 26. The program will take place at the Waterfront Center, with staff and volunteers from both organizations on hand to offer guidance and support to participating families.

This will be the first year that either organization has sponsored the project, inspired by an event created by WoodenBoat Magazine.

The boat chosen for the weekend is the 11-foot, 8-inch Bevins Skiff kit, designed and prepared by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, a non-profit community boatbuilding program in Virginia.

The kit has been designed and engineered for quick building by inexperienced hands, and the product is a reliable and serviceable rowing boat, which can carry two adults and two children.

Cost for the program kit is about $500; the set-up, guidance, tools and other materials will be provided by the museum and center. No experience is necessary. Construction will take place July 24 and 25.

Contact Paul DeOrsay at the Whaling Museum, (631) 367-3418.