13 07 2017

Crossposting from the Trashboat Regatta event page:

It is with tremendous regret that I find myself obligated to pull the plug on what would have been the 8th annual Kansas City Trash Boat Regatta, but I have received notice from the KCKSFD that they are no longer willing to provide a safety escort. Given the nature of your boats and the varying degrees of navigation experience among participants, I cannot in good conscience hold this event sans rescue personnel. I am sorry to disappoint so many people, but the responsibility for your safety lies heavy on my shoulders.

As this would have been my final Regatta, I will later be deleting the Facebook group and event pages and shuttering the website.

So long, and thanks for all the fish. It’s been a fun run.

I hate that I have to post this, but apparently I do:

The event is cancelled because I cannot in good conscience run the Regatta without rescue service attendance.
While there is nothing stopping people from making their own boats and floating them in their own time, I ask that you DO NOT CONVENE AN UNOFFICIAL REGATTA. Especially not on the date previously scheduled.

I am out of this event. I no longer will take responsibility for planning, promoting, or organizing the event. I will not take responsibility for your safety or lack thereof.

I ask that should any of you host any future events of a similar nature, that you DO NOT re-use the “Kansas City Trashboat Regatta” name. I have copyrights on that name and the logo and do not want to continue association and/or liability (assumed, implied, or explicit). My name has been legally and traditionally associated with this event, name, and venture.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


20 05 2017

Mark ye calendars, scurvy dogs! For the 8th Annual Kansas City Trashboat Regatta looms on the horizon.

Batten your hatches, or duct-tape your bottles, which ever is appropriate.

Then, visit the registration page and commit ye to awesomeness.

Hope to see you August 6, 2017 for adventure on the high seas Missouri River!

Where it all begins

24 06 2016

Here is a map of how to get to the 7th street boat ramp – with driving instructions and detail views.



2016 Kansas City Trashboat Regatta

23 06 2016

The Regatta returns for another rubbish-raft river float of soggy, boggy adventure on August 7, 2016.  Following back-to-back with Singlespeed KC 2016, brace yourself for a weekend of lo-budget dirtball good times.

Meet us at Kaw Point at 1:00 p.m. for launch. Landing at Riverfront Park in the East Bottoms around 3:00-ish.

Expect the usual – Prizes.  Lots of prizes, many of them terrible.  Food.  Drink.  Irreverent attitudes toward good taste.  No bagpipes.  Bragging rights.  Strange things floating in the water.

Be there or be tuna-shaped!

Registration is now open

9 05 2016


Registration is free. It is not required, but it is recommended.

Registration puts you in the running for prizes. Registration helps me plan for refreshments at the after party.

Registration makes your pelt shinier, your buttocks tighter, and identifies you as a generally hoopy frood.

You know you want to…register now!

Regatta made the papers!

10 07 2014

Getting some hype this year for the festival on July 12th! In case you didn’t have a chance to see it for yourself, here are some quick links to the media’s take on all of our down and dirty sailors.

KC Fox 4



Punk Rafting!

7 07 2014

Shanty boat builder Bob Elderberry is a aristocrat of our time! This fearless adventurer has a has helped build many DIY rafts taking them on various expeditions on the waterways of Oregon and California. Bob and his scalawags are modern day Huck Finns and  get to experience the drifting American landscape in ways that many of us have long since forgotten. Check out these simply made tire inner tube floating rafts and there journey thru the West! Flickr- Punk Rafting

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Words from Bob Elderberry about the journey-

Another year in which we took a punk rafting trip on a major American river. We built rafts out of found and scavenged materials and floating for two weeks, Huck Finn-style, downriver. A few of us have done this for a few summers now, and the experience has been life changing. This year we floated the Willamette River from in June from Eugene to Newberg (within 50 miles of Portland).

We met in Eugene, built our rafts and launched as a punk raft flotilla. Many folks (about a third of the 25 people on the trip) hopped freight trains to get there. Of the seven rafts that launched, five made the entire trip, and two sunk. All people and dogs survived (though equipment was lost). This is was not white water rafting. We’re talking a river with at most class one and a half rapids. A mostly floating river, punctuated by moments of terror and adrenaline. A lazy hot summer day eating found apples sort of river. A trip that will remain low on specifics, high on general concept, mood, and emotion. Part of an experiment and a belief in the power of boredom to inspire.”

The Water Bug

7 07 2014

The Water bug is a paddle wheel trashboat created in Chicago by the beautiful minds of the Wurlington-bros! They have an amazing bank of images that details about the construction of the boat and then there voyage down river. If you were ever going to construct a peddle powered paddle wheel boat these boys are a great reference point to get you started! Find more about the building details here http://www.wurlington-bros.com/trashboat/2007/08/building_the_frame.html

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Flickr album-
Voyage of the Water Bug


Good advice on Cola Kayaks

12 05 2014

Tis’ the season for the plastic bottle kayak!

11 05 2014

Here are some beautiful simplistic designs for an easy beginners craft. These bad boys are light weight, easy to transport, and glide thru the water like nobodies business!

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