RiversWest seeks families for Family Boat Build 2024

Eight families will, over the span of a weekend, build and launch their own 12′ rowing skiff. RiversWest provides the kit of parts, the building space, and help from a crew of boat builder members.

Applications are now being accepted for this event. It always sells out, so if you are interested, get more information and the application here. The group is also hosting an open house on Saturday, April 20, at Green Anchors, a makers’ space on the waterfront in St. Johns at 8940 N. Bradford St. All are welcome.

RiversWest Family Boat Build

Since 1991, RiversWest Small Craft Center in North Portland, has been promoting the use of sustainable, beautiful boats built to operate on the human scale. For some members, that means restoring historically correct wooden boats. For others, it is a chance to design and build with the support and input of a like-minded group. Many enjoy the camaraderie of “messing about” on the water. Members all benefit from the chance to learn from one another and are often inspired to get busy building, paddling, rowing, motoring or sailing small craft.

Mark Ramsby and Chuck Stuckey of RiversWest
Wooden canoe

To do this, the group maintains a shop with building space available for members, and woodworking tools available for use. Members get together informally every couple of weeks to find out what other members are up to. And throughout the year they sponsor classes, conduct a boat show, and work on their connection to the larger boating community. 

To find out more, check out the RiversWest booth at the St. Johns Bizarre on May 11 in the St. Johns town center.

The RiversWest shop is open to all every First and Third Saturday. Anyone interested is welcome to stop by to talk to members, tour the shop, and get a free cup of coffee and donut.

To check out more events or find out more about membership see the RiversWest website.