Ultimate Build-a-Boat Contest

10 - 11 June 2017

  • Since 1993, ASNE-Tidewater has organized, sponsored and conducted the Quick & Dirty Boat Building Contest, now known as the ASNE-Sikaflex Challenge Ultimate Build-a-Boat Contest. This year the competition will be held during Harborfest at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 10 and 11, 2017.  ASNE supplies each two-person team with three sheets of lauan, Sikaflex-291 Marine Adhesive/Sealant, several eight-foot lengths of 1x2 and 2x2 boards, and zip ties to facilitate stitch-and-glue construction. Teams are required to provide their own tools.  The Challenge requires of the teams their best design ability, building quickness and seamanship for a fun weekend.  The teams compete against each other and the clock, building their boats on Saturday and conducting Sea Trials in a race on Sunday.
  • Useful documents (If they don't open right away, please try saving them first):
  • Photos, presentation slide shows and audio/video recordings can be viewed by clicking on the hyperlinks, below:
  Day 1 - the boat building
Day 2 - finishing touches and the race!
Day 3 - The race video
2003 Day 1 - building Day 2 - customizing and racing  
2005 Day 1 - building Day 2 - customizing and racing Race video
  • 2015 Sikaflex Challenge Ultimate Build-a-Boat

    2016 Sikaflex Challenge Ultimate Build-a-Boat Contest


ASNE Friends and Boatbuilders...

The Ultimate Boatbuilding Contest returned again for its 23rd running on 10 - 11 June, 2017 at Town Point Park, Norfolk.  This event is part of the annual Harbor Fest celebration, so half the fun is being surrounded by live curious spectators, music, games, fireworks, festival food and drinks, and many nautical-themed attractions.

See the hyperlinks above to view photo slideshows and race videos from past years' events.  Viewing these photos is a great way to see how the boats come together and get design ideas. 

Again ths year we'll also have a workshop approximately 2-3 weeks in advance to answer questions you might have... BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME and we'll help you get started. Call or email us for details.


  • TWO-PERSON TEAMS:  Participant entry is FREE.
  • VOLUNTEERS... timers, judges, photographer, yeoman helpers, etc
  • SPONSORS... corporate and individual sponsors help offset the costs of building materials and prizes.

    Prizes: GOLD $500 // SILVER $250 // BRONZE $100

If you're interested in participating in any way, or you have questions please contact:

Michael D'Amato
American Society of Naval Engineers
c/o AMSEC 5701 Cleveland St. Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(Mike D'Amato email)
Phone: 757-226-1114 // cell: 757-641-2877