June 6 and 7 will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) time at Mystic Seaport. The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop is back after a one-year hiatus!
The excitement is already palpable as news of the event spreads through word-of-mouth and through upcoming featured articles in WoodenBoat magazine and Messing About in Boats.
Hundreds of owners of traditionally designed and built small craft are expected to again gather along the Museum’s waterfront to proudly display and share the use of their boats. Peapods, white halls, sharpie skiffs, canoes, kayaks, dories, dinghies and more will undoubtedly be in the mix. Here’s a unique chance for workshop participants to “test drive” an impressive variety of small craft and also try their small boat related skills on vessels other than their own.
Peter Vermilya, the Museum’s curator of small craft and supervisor of traditional craft programs, describes the weekend as one of special camaraderie amongst small craft enthusiasts. “It’s also an opportunity for anyone interested in building a boat themselves to talk with others who have successfully done it.”
You don’t have to bring a boat to participate in the Small Craft Workshop. All you need to bring is yourself. Workshop organizers are planning a great weekend. Watch for registration forms and more information on our website: www.mysticseaport.org/smallcraftworkshop.