Row Your DIY Boat

Need something new to occupy you this summer?

Just in time for Christmas, the next trend in DIY has arrived from The Balmain Boat Company with their range of flat-packed rowboats and sailboats.

Each DIY boat kit has an easy to follow instruction manual with completion estimated to take around 16 hours, with two weekends recommended for construction and time to allow glue and paint to dry.

The Balmain Boat Company also offers ready built boats at a premium price. Oars and rowlocks add the finishing touches and are available to purchase from Whitlocks Marine & Leisure.

Easy to build and perfect for the whole family, it’s the epitome of affordable luxury and a great weekend project to get stuck into!

Once you’ve built the boat, here are some ideas to keep you occupied over the summer!

1. Take photos

Document the story of the creation. You'll be glad you did when friends and family ask, "How did you do it?"

2. Christen her with a printed name

Frank Lowy named his super-yacht, Ilona, after his mother. Pick a name with a story and then order professional marine decals online for less than $50 AUD. There are hundreds of fonts and colours to choose from.

3. Invite a mate

Two sets of hands are better than one. Invite a friend along to help. Bond over building a boat and then flip a coin over, who is captain and who is skipper on the maiden voyage.

For more summer ideas, check back to our outdoors section!

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