Views of the Neighborhood – Plywooden Boat Festival

The sign below says it all. This is the Plywooden (Not plywood. Thank you, autocorrect) Boat Festival.

Plywooden Boat

This is an annual event that brings boat builders from all over Texas. The main material in the boats is plywood but since that word gives visions of poor quality the correct term is Plywooden. As you will see there is a whole host of different boats and all built by hand.

Plywooden boats

This first photo is of a unique sailboat. It has the look of a 1950’s Studebaker. Also take a look at the little bay boats to the right. The next photo shows one under construction.


Here is a long-boat that is powered by oars


If you want a cozy sailing yacht here would be your choice. (Watch your head when you go below)


For a quick run about this may do the trick. You will have to be careful you don’t go airborne.


Here is another compact sailboat. You could even put it on top to the SUV with grandma.


Now for real crusin’ here is a fully outfitted salon.


Here is a guy working on his kyack. Looks beautiful in the natural color.


For the fisherman here is a bay fisherman. All hand-made.



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a wonderful event! Though I know nothing of boats, I’m intrigued by the “Gibbs” among us who build their own.

    1. Yes. Me too. I wonder when Gibbs will finish his. We’ll have to keep watching to see. Thanks, Gwen.

  2. Some of them really show craftsmanship at work! Looks like fun too!!

    1. I agree. Thanks, GP.

  3. You need a job with your local cal tourism agency. Love seeing pictures and hearing about your community

    1. Auto fill strikes again! I realize you aren’t in California – grrrrr

      1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Pamela. I’ll take California though.(lived there ten years)

  4. Very cool boats. Surprised that the speedboat is made of plywood.

    1. I know right? Boggles the mind. Thanks, Charles.

  5. Wow! These are great, John. I love the bright colors used. What a great event. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Sunday!

    1. Happy Sunday to you as well. thanks, Jill.

  6. Good looking boats, John. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 🙂

  7. When you mentioned this last week, John, I was expecting small simple boats. Some of these are quite sophisticated for a backyard project. Great photos! I’m partial to the kyack. I had a friend who built a canoe, and bending the wood is a challenge.

    1. So true. I remember as a kid hauling a wooden canoe over land between two lakes. Those things were well made and heavy. Thanks, Dan.

  8. Who says hobbyist can’t make beautiful boats! Great stuff, John! L-D

    1. They certainly do a nice job. Thanks, Jan.

  9. Oh, I loved this! That’s one event that I would like to have attended, homebody that I am. Thanks for taking us along with you, John. What fun. I enjoy seeing handcrafted things, but I’m particularly amazed by woodwork. Who knew plywood could hold up for boats? I guess it’s all in what the materials are treated with… I was even impressed with the tiny bay boats. My favorite is the “fully outfitted salon.” It reminds me of 1920s stories. Thanks for the neighborhood stroll. Mega hugs.

    1. I can see you lounging watching the coastal scenery drifting by. Thanks, Teagan. 🙂

      1. Tee-hee! With Piña Colada in hand and about a gallon of sun block. 😀

  10. I really enjoy these local posts. Your community looks like so much fun.

    1. I have to say there is a lot going on most of the time. Thanks, Craig.

  11. Hard to believe they’re made of plywood – they look great!

    1. I thought so too. Thanks, Teri.

  12. Thanks John… 🙂

  13. Just a terrific post, John! You live in one fascinating place!

    1. Thanks, John. This has to be the center of weird.

  14. You live in the neatest neighborhood, John!! In land-locked Central Illinois, anybody who rides along with a boat attached to his car or truck can count on more than a few stares. I’m fascinated with the long boat — safety in numbers, I guess!

    1. Yes. More the merrier. Thanks, Debbie. Have a great Sunday that is almost over.

  15. Plywooden. I GET it! Outstanding examples. Lots of love in these boats.
    😀 ❤ Looks the right kind of day for a boat festival.

    1. Yes. It was a beautiful day. Thanks, Tess.

  16. I’m up for the real cruiser. Loved the colors on that one. They’re all so cool!

    1. They are. I had to manipulate the photo a little to get the true colors to come through. They are very vibrant and the light combo tended to all them.

      1. I think most photos require a bit of tweeking.

  17. Goodness, those boats look amazingly well made. I can see why using the word “plywood” wouldn’t give a fair impression.

    1. So true, Bun. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  18. These are some talented shipbuilders! Hard to choose my favorite. Great day for it!

    1. Thank, Jo. It was. 😀

  19. Quite interesting boats, John. Thanks for showing,

    1. Thanks, Pit. 🙂

  20. These are amazing boats. All built by hand? Do they use patterns or design them themselves?

    1. Mostly self design. There are some patterns available.

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