Fair Haven, NJ – Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA) is pleased to announce that teams of adults and teenagers will be building wooden canoes on June 9th and Sunday June 10th behind the Fair Haven Fire House on River Road, Fair Haven.

Work starts promptly at 8:00 AM each day, and on Sunday afternoon at about 2:00 PM the finished canoes will be paraded down Batten Road to Fair Haven boat ramp for launching.

From start to paddling in less than two days!

The canoe, called a “six hour canoe”, was designed by Mike O’Brien to make use of two left-over sheets of plywood and is quite simple to build, hence the name “Six Hour canoe”.

The design was published in “Building the Six Hour Canoe” as an example of a boat that could be built by novice boatbuilders. Thousands of Six Hour Canoes have been built worldwide.


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NMHA built a number of Six Hour Canoes at its first Wooden Boat Festival/community event in 1999. Since that time about 100 of these boats have been built under NMHA supervision, and the boat has become the standard design for NMHA’s River Rangers summer program for kids age 10-14 which runs for five weeks in July and August each year on the Navesink and Swimming River.

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