Boat Building Challenge 

Boat builders from all over New England descended on Belfast Saturday for the ultimate challenge.

Nine teams competed for the world record in wooden boat building at the National Boat Building Challenge..

The two-person teams had four hours to build a pre-designed 12 foot Monhegan skiff and then row their boats in an afternoon relay race in Belfast harbor.

All the materials were donated by local lumber companies.

Organizers say the event was designed to celebrate Maine’s boat building heritage…and also to boost the local economy.

The overall first place winners were the team of Greg Bauer from Brooks and Jeremy Gage from Thorndike.