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The weekend of April 25-27 in the annual Boat Bash at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park in Florida jointly sponsored by the park and the Crystal River Boat Builders (CRBB) Scows of all sizes will be in evidence beginning with an informal race among the little 4' x 8' PDRacer scows on Friday followed on Saturday by the official launching of the 36' x 10' Civil War era blockade-running scow replica Spirit by the CRBB who have labored over this project since October 2011. Built using tools and materials largely true to the period, this scow will become a permanent exhibit at the park and the centerpiece for the annual Boat Bash. (Costs forced one major exception to using period materials. Spirit flies a 500 sq. ft. gaff main and a 135 sq. ft. jib both made from 8.0 oz. white polytarp!)


Saturday and Sunday are also given over to exhibits and demonstrations related to sailing craft and boatbuilding. This event often serves as a prelude for the much larger event the following week at Cedar Key, FL where as many as 120 boats annually gather for one of the country's great unscripted messabouts.
 
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