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Posted on Jul 1, 2015

Linscotts bringing spirit to Regatta

Evan and Seth Linscott took a maiden voyage in their patriotic themed cardboard boat last weekend at Blue Lake. The boat, which used 14 rolls of tape, is entered in the Cardboard Boat Regatta this Thursday at the Quincy Aquatic Center.

Evan, 12, said the first time they put the boat in the water the voyage lasted less than 30 seconds. Then they switched positions and the next attempt seemed to work a little better.
The City of Quincy’s Recreation Department is hosting the event. The boys’ mom, Chloe, saw a post on Facebook and brought the idea to her boys. She works at Costco, so getting her hands on some cardboard was the easy part.
“I told the kids about it and they got excited,” she said. “At first we were going for a canoe type boat.”
The boat uses thick cardboard, as well as several cardboard rolls from the plastic wrap used by Costco. The first attempt at building the boat, which took a couple of weeks, had the pontoons under the boat. The Linscotts plan to move the pontoons out to allow for more buoyancy.
The boat has a patriotic theme of red, white and blue. The Linscotts used 14 rolls of tape. There were four rolls of blue, four red, two white, and one brown roll of duct tape for a total of 220 yards. They also used three rolls of black Gorilla tape for another 105 yards.
Needless to say the boat is not light, but Evan and Seth only have to paddle 25 yards across the pool.

~ Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register