Can you build a boat? Will it sink?

Can you build a boat in four hours with just $100? Make a splash trying in the 18th Annual Fast Furious Boat Building Challenge.

This friendly competition takes place on the second day of the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre’s 30th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, Sunday, June 28.

Guaranteed to be highly entertaining, this team-building challenge is open to anyone in the community and is a memorable way to kick-off the summer with family, friends and co-workers, said organizers.

Teams of two to four people are given four hours to build a functional boat from scratch, with up to $100 in environmentally-friendly building materials of their choosing, while judges walk around evaluating categories such as most original design and best costumes.

Two members from each team will participate in the friendly three-part water portion of the competition: a paddling leg and sailing leg followed by a "get back to shore however you can" leg.

Sink or swim (and some of them do sink), participants will undoubtedly benefit as a team and have much fun in the process, organizers said. The winning team with the highest overall points wins 50 per cent off all registration fees.

Proceeds from the event go towards the maintenance of the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre’s buildings and exhibits, programs, and activities.

Let your imagination run wild. Register your team today by calling 250-746-4955 or emailing More information can be found at

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