Cape Gazette

A weekend of skiff building

Lewes Historical Society sponsors annual Father's Day weekend event
Jul 02, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur With clamps in place, Tyler, Faith and Keith Evans of Sykesville, Md., work on their family's boat early Saturday morning.

Over Father's Day weekend, six teams of friends and family members gathered in Canalfront Park in the shadow of the Lightship Overfalls to build Bevin's skiffs. Sponsored annually by the Lewes Historical Society – and with the help and careful working hands of the society's wooden boat volunteer crews – the fifth annual boat building took place June 13-15. Launch day on June 15 went off without a hitch.

Lisa Kocher hammers nails while her father, Glenn, uses another hammer to provide a strong striking base. The family has homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bob Wyss of Lewes works to plane down a section of the skiff. He and his son, Scott of San Diego, Calif., worked on the boat as a Father's Day project. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Applying caulk to the Strumsky 1 boat is David Rothman as team members Patrick Dillion, left, and Linda Strumsky hold up the skiff. Not pictured is team member John Dillon. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Team Leib is busy Saturday morning working on their Bevin's skiff. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Each of the families taking part in boat-building weekend is shooting for a final outcome like this. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The seven boat-building teams pose with their finished skiffs just before launch time June 15. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Stasu Zawislak is ready for ride as he sits in the bow of his family's handmade skiff. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is crowded as seven teams launched their hand-built Bevin's skiffs. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Father and son team Bob and Scott Wyss try their hand at rowing the skiff. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Skiffs are launched from Canalfront Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jim Bertholet, a wooden boat builder volunteer, keeps a watchful eye on his team. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Team Leib is one of the first in the water to try out their skiff in the canal after launching from Canalfront Park near the Lightship Overfalls. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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