Although the My First Boat (MFB) Project has been quiet over the past few months, this doesn’t mean it hasn’t been ticking away. New Festival volunteer, Holly Puckering and her two sons, Gene and Luca, have been making their MFB and recording the process. Holly, Luca and Gene have been working with the AWBF to produce several short films to document the build process, so future MFB builders have a great visual and written guide. Holly’s experience with speech pathology has been a great help in ensuring the guide will be easy for children to follow.
Gene had this to say about the My First Boat project:
“So far, it has been a wonderful experience. I have learnt so, so much about building a small wooden boat. Here’s my comments: First: I love the thought of building a boat for your kids to row in. Second: it’s soooo much fun to do as a team. Third: I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from MFB (such as don’t get fibre glass in my thumb!). So, I’d say it’s overall a fun team effort, and you should really do it! (For you and your kids)”
The aim will be to have a full fleet of MFB’s at the AWBF 2023 in the Children’s Area, with opportunities to get out on the water. Are you interested in building one? Send us an email to be notified when the kits are available. We hope to have full MFB kits and instruction manuals (video and written) available for purchase early next year. We are also looking to have a presence at the Royal Hobart Regatta in February, with Gene and Luca leading the way with their MFB.
Feature image supplied by Holly Puckering.
Want to know more about the MFB project? See our previous articles below.