The East End Classic Boat Society will hold a Spring Open House Saturday, April 30th from 12Noon to 3PM in its Community Boat Shop at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett (behind the Marine Museum). There is no admission charge.
Volunteer members of the society will be on hand to explain and demonstrate how they are building the Sunshine Tender, a classic wood rowboat 10 feet 6 inches in length. Raffle tickets are being sold for the boat and a new trailer as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. The raffle drawing will take place later in the year.
Visitors can also speak with and observe volunteer members who are restoring a Beetle Cat, a 12-foot gaff rigged sailboat. The builder of a wood kayak will also be on hand to explain how you can build your own kayak. Other classic sail and rowboats will be on display.
The Community Boat Shop is managed by the East End Classic Boat Society (EECBS), which is dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of small wooden boat building and restoration.
The EECBS conducts programs on small boat design, building and restoration at the Community Boat Shop. There are lessons in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance.
The Community Boat Shop is open year-round Wednesday and Saturday 9AM to 2PM and is handicap accessible.