The Great Nail and Sail (AKA get out and have some fun)

Oct 10, 2010 by

IMG_0292 This post is about getting out and having fun.

This past weekend was one of my most favorite events of the year.  It takes place during our city’s Harbor Days, which is a mix of street fair, arts and crafts, mixed with some pirates and then throw in some good ole MacGyver DIY event called Nail and Sail and there you have it.

The Nail and Sail is an event by which each team gets a set amount of materials (wood and nails) and must then design and build a boat in 2 hours.  You bring your own tools (no power tools allowed) and you build your boat on the beach and then sail it around the harbor against the other teams.  It is so much fun, and this year our boat didn’t sink!

This was our second year of participating in the event.  Its a 3 person team with 2 people paddling the boat around the harbor.


Here is Kevin and myself making the first cuts


One half of our boat starting to take shape.


Mounting the two halves together


testing out some seating options, that we ended up not using


You must also build the paddles out of the lumber you are provided


Starting to paint our sea-faring vessel


The team.  costumes count, so we just threw some random things together.


We had some extra time so we made cup-holders.


The boat with our crew.


And here we are out in the lead…(but not for long)


It turns out that while our boat was of solid construction it was not the most streamlined ship ever made and was a lot of work to paddle.

We had so much fun building the boats with the other teams on the beach and loved all the on-lookers with the questions of “you guys are doing WHAT??!.  Everyone cheered us on both in building and racing around the harbor.  And while we didn’t win (yet), we will be back next year and we are gonna win the whole thing.

My fun story ends there, but this is where yours begins.   You have homework…

Your Homework:
Right now find some local fun event happening in your town.   Go online and search our what fun little festival is going on in your town and make a plan to go.  Put it on the calendar or go today if its today.  There are so many fun things happening in your area all of the time.   Get up off of the computer and go find them.

Go have fun.  Thats your homework.


If you know of a fun local festival that you love post it in the comments for others

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