Dutch Wooden Boat Festival

Dutch Wooden Boat Festival (2-3 July  2022)

Are you addicted to wooden boats or owning one yourself ? If that is the case be welcome from the 2nd  to 3th of July at Willemsoord, former navy vessel wharf in Den Helder, The Netherlands. Here – and for the first time – ,  the Dutch Wooden Boat Festival  will be organized . Builders  of wooden boats are invited to participate for free in Den Helder. Sufficient parking facilities and registration are also for free.

There are some (former) cargo vessels where you can sleep and eat at the festival area.Plenty of sleeping accommodations can be found  in the neighbourhood

see: http://www.dutchwoodenboatfestival.nl

At the same occasion, for the fifth time , the (Dutch) Amateur Boat Building Award  (ABBA) will be organised :

 Amateur Wooden Boat Building Award  (ABBA)

Participation is open for non-professional builders who made their boats in wood or plywood  varying from boats built after a (home made) design, plans bought elsewhere  or from more or less complete kits. Out of all the participating boats, expertly reviewed by a jury, three boats will be nominated for an award. Winning boats ( and their owners/ builders ) are invited to be shown at a special place at the Festival terrain. The jury will judge the participating boats at the following qualities :

  • Boat Construction: Self designed, built after construction plans or from a kit bought elsewhere?
  • Complexity of construction: From a  simple flat bottomed boat with straight sides onto more complex designs and/or complete interiors and inboard engine.
  • Experience and craftsmanship: From courageous beginners with little experience onto semi-professionals?
  • Organization of building place and materials used: Did the builder work under a simple shelter in the garden or in a well equipped working shed? Did he/she  use newly bought wooden materials or did he/she recycle second hand material ?

So, we invite all amateur boat builders to participate, register themselves when interested to compete for the ABBA award  and send their photo’s , drawings, and all relevant (but concise) information on the building process to info@bootbouwschool.nl to enable the jury to select the nominees on the base of what you sent us.

Website : www.bootbouwschool.com