So you think you can build a boat? Prove it!

The 3rd Annual Southwest Florida Boat Building Festival is looking for teams to compete in this year’s event held during the Fort Myers Boat Show, November 14-17, downtown on the riverfront at Harborside Event Center. For a business, youth organization or even a family, this is a chance to learn almost forgotten skills, it’s a great team building experience and it’s a lot of fun.

The Festival is the brainchild of David and Sharon Bickel of the Shipwright Shop in Ft. Myers.  David, a fixture in the local marine community, is a true master ship’s carpenter (not many of those left!).  He has a passion for woodworking and a passion to see his skills passed along to a younger generation.

No experience is required.  David and his team of experts supply all the materials and tools and work with all competitors over 2 ½ days as they each build their own wooden boat.

If you are into boats and into working on them, this will be an experience you will never forget.  The cost is $1,750.00 per team.  And that’s cheap considering that on Sunday, you go home with your very own seaworthy wooden skiff!  For organizations or businesses, there are all kinds of opportunities to use the skiff as a fund raiser.  For a family, you’ll have a lifetime of memories and with a little TLC, a boat that will last as long as the memories.

If you’re interested, give David or Sharon a call at 239-850-6844 or e-mail

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