Annual Boat Raffle
Each year the museum hosts a wooden boatbuilding class, keeping this maritime tradition alive. Aspiring boat builders have an opportunity to gain firsthand skills in the age-old craft of building wooden boats. The class is open to beginners as well as experienced woodworkers and includes roughly 25 days of instruction between October and May. When the class is finished, the boat they crafted is raffled off for one lucky winner to enjoy. Volunteer instructors Jerry McNamara, David Morgan and Bob Schottmuller selected the St. Lawrence River Skiff this year.
The St. Lawrence River Skiff is currently on display in the Peterson Gallery at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The St. Lawrence River Skiff took approximately 2,000 hours to complete. The 16’2″ hull is made of Meranti Mahogany Plywood. The rest of the boat is made from a variety of woods, including Laminated Mahogany, White Ash, Spanish Cedar, White Oak, Cherry and Local Red Cedar. The boat weights about 100lbs and has a capacity of 550lbs. The beautiful wooden boat comes with hand-turned oars, as well as a trailer generously provided by SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina.
The proceeds of the boat raffle benefit the museum’s Operating Fund and at the same time offers you a chance to win some incredible prizes. The boat will also be on display and tickets available for sale at various festivals and events throughout the 2019 summer season, including Baileys Harbor July 4th celebration, Nicolet Bank Tall Ships® in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay Sidewalk Sales and more. The winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, October 19th at 2pm, at the conclusion of the Sister Bay Fall Festival parade. (Winners need not be present at drawing.) Tickets are 1 for $20 or 3 for $50. Only 1500 tickets will be available, so don’t hesitate to grab yours while you can!
o Grand Prize – St. Lawrence River Skiff and boat trailer donated by Skipper Bud’s
o 1st Prize – O’Mearas Irish House Gift Package featuring clothing and jewelry(Valued over $800)
o 2nd Prize – Peninsula State Park Golf Course Package for four people (Valued over $250)
2018 Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Mark Newport, the winner of the Adirondack Guide Boat, the Grand Prize for the 2018 Boat Raffle!
Click here for a full list of this year’s winners!