Minimal Regatta winner: What a beauty

Here is the winner of the Beach Bar’s 2010 Minimal Regatta, and that is the best looking boat in this competition in years. Seriously. Consider the rules for making Minimal Regatta boats.

“Abigail” was built by team Blue Fin Builders, Grande Bay contractors from St. Thomas.

10 Responses to “Minimal Regatta winner: What a beauty”

  1. Pete (Mr. Marcia)
    May 16th, 2010 00:46
    1

    That is one beautiful vessel, but it kind of reminds me of the frustration I used to feel watching “This Old House” and the “Yankee Workshop.”

    Norm would slide some piece of wood into some machine and then it would come out as a complete dinning room set.

    Given that you only can use one sheet of 1/4″ plywood and two 2x4s, they obviously ran the 2x4s through the “Norm” machine and made cross ties, a seat, a seat back, etc.

    One of these days I’m going to enter that race. I have a keen design in mind that relies heavily on the duct tape, and not so much on the Norm machine.

  2. Stan-the-Man
    May 16th, 2010 08:40
    2

    It’d be fun to see Bubba in the blue shirt out there on the water in this prize-winning craft. Wonder if it would stay afloat and whether or not he can swim?

  3. Ruth
    May 16th, 2010 08:44
    3

    Biscuits! Norm was always using biscuits and I bet that’s the secret here also.

    Yesterday’s winner was the prettiest little Minimal Regatta boat I’ve seen yet.

    What will you name your boat, Pete?

  4. rob
    May 16th, 2010 08:57
    4

    How in the name of all things holy did they do that? That’s amazing. I guess you could bend 1/4″ plywood. I’d end up with a board that gave you splinters and puncture wounds.

  5. Chicago Steve
    May 16th, 2010 10:12
    5

    Wow, I’d love to see a video of that race! That’s a nice boat.

  6. Marcia
    May 16th, 2010 16:31
    6

    This might be the thing that takes us back to STJ. Pete enters the Minimal Regatta. Ya, Pete, what shall you name your vessel?

  7. Pete (Mr. Marcia)
    May 16th, 2010 16:39
    7

    Ruth, those biscuits drove me nuts. I had no biscuits at my disposal when I was trying to build something. What the hell is a biscuit anyway?

    Oh, and if they used biscuits on their boat, that would be against the rules.

    My boat would be named, “Ineedmoreducttape.”

  8. Todd Wilson BFHVI
    May 17th, 2010 06:27
    8

    Sorry, no biscuits were used during the construction of this vessel. Norm would know that you can’t use biscuits in material that thin. Besides the specifications do not allow biscuits. A pound of staples were all that was needed.

  9. Ruth
    May 17th, 2010 06:53
    9

    Pretty impressive, biscuits or no biscuits.
    Great job, Todd!

  10. Gritty
    December 1st, 2012 17:58
    10

    I’ve been talking to our kids about competing in this event since 2003 when we were there last. We will be back in 2015 and want to compete. Any advise? We just want join in without disaster.

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