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Local Students’ Boats for Auction

Students' vessels on the auction blockBoating is a popular pastime in North Carolina. Hundreds of people purchase new boats every season with big plans to spend ample time on ocean waters. If you are one of the many in the market for a new boat this year, we urge you to support the students at Cape Fear Community College.

Students in the popular boat-building program will be putting their vessels on the auction block at the end of the month. The custom-made boats are true works of art and as seaworthy as they come. Taking about a year to complete as part of a major class project, the vessels will be ready for purchase by the public.

The wildly popular course has students that range in age from 18 to 80. As part of the course, the students are taught how to build boats through instruction that includes launching and lofting. The course also includes instruction on the proper use of power tools, making prior knowledge unnecessary.

Some of the students are enrolled in the course simply due to a desire to build their own boat. Others want to get into the industry. When that is the case, graduates are able to pick and choose among a variety of jobs upon graduation, finding that employment comes easily.

Of this year’s vessels, the smallest is 13-feet and made of wood. The largest student project is a 17-foot outboard powered skiff. The course instructors encourage students to build boats that can be completed in a year’s time. Because the boats will be going to auction and in the interest of teaching as many skills as possible, the course includes a blend of sail and power, modern and traditional boat construction.

The boats that were built by students this year are being housed at the CFCC shop and will be put up for auction on the state surplus website. All proceeds from the auction will go towards funding next year’s students’ projects. You can visit the site to bid on the handmade boat of your dreams.

If you have been injured in a boating accident in North Carolina, we urge you to contact our offices as soon as possible. Our personal injury lawyers are here for you. Call us today for a free initial consultation, and let us help you and your family get your lives back on track. Call now.

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