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Annual Hernando Beach Cardboard Boat Race

October 14

$25 – $50

Hernando Beach Marina will be hosting the annual Cardboard Boat Race to support The Children’s Advocacy Center.

You will need to design and build your boat using specific rules.

  • All boats must be built of corrugated cardboard and must pass the “ice pick test” and a metal detector test. This will verify that the boat is constructed of only cardboard-no motors!
  • Your cardboard boat may be as thick as you want.
  • You can waterproof your boat if you don’t want it to sink by using one-part substance paint. Two-part substance paint would include those that require the addition of a catalyst or hardener…this eliminates epoxy glue, fiberglass, and certain varnishes.
  • No flex seal type products may be used!

Do the bottom of the boat first. Two to three layers of cardboard glued together and weighted down. Let it set. Cut side pieces. Cut against the grain of the corrugated cardboard to ensure durability. Use dull side of knife when scoring the cardboard to make a fold. Glue sides to bottom. Let glue set. Carefully, cover any seam with duct tape. Waterproof inside and out with any single substance compound, such as varnish. Paint and decorate your boat.

Call Bill at 352-596-2952 with any questions or to purchase tickets. All Entries must be received by Oct 12, 2023. The event will be Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 with the race starting around noon. Rain date is scheduled for Oct 15, 2023. 4139 Shoal Line Blvd, Hernando Beach FL..

Individual class $25 and business class $50. Both will include one T-shirt per entry. There’s still time to sign up as a vendor or sponsor this event. Or if you want to donate a raffle or silent auction item, you can contact The Children’s Advocacy Center at 352-754-8809. This is a fun event and expected to draw around 1,000 people! There will be food onsite to purchase.


October 14
$25 – $50


Hernando Beach Marina
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