Get Schooled

Listen. If you’re local and loco and wanna build a boat but don’t know how to get started, then you need to hustle your bustle down to Vacant Farm this Saturday afternoon and learn the rudiments of Trashboat Building.

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Let’s Get Trashy – Trashboat Building 101, as presented by Jaclyn Dalbey, Joel Dyke, and Michelle Davis, AKA Danger, Cap’n Sexypants, and Dread Pirate Meetzorp.

Details are as detailed:

When: Saturday, 21 June, 2014
Time: 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Vacant Farm (3333 Roanoke Rd, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111)
Why: So you can learn how to build a boat that floats(ish)

The Trashboat Regatta is right around the corner on July 12!!! So come and get your feet wet with learning how to make a junk raft. Sailors will split into groups and be guided on how to make the river-faring vessel of your dreams. We will spend the day constructing our boats and then launch them on their maiden voyage into Penn Valley lake. Each of you will walk away with a boat building manual and a new taste for aquatic adventure! Bringing any type of floatable materials will be strongly encouraged even though we will be providing as much as we can.

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Inspiration from Swimming Cities

You can’t ever get enough of these water squatters! Their boats are pure perfection plain and simple. Pictures from their voyage on the Adriatic Sea by Tod Seelie.

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The great Marcus Eriksen!

Marcus Eriksen is one hell of an adventurer!! He is educating the world about the plastic plague that is right under our noses. Find out more about his adventures at

Mississippi Short Version from 5 Gyres on Vimeo.

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Good advice on Cola Kayaks

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The Plastic Marathon

A group of AWF volunteers produced a kayak made out of recycled plastic bottles, with the intention of paddling it from Tenerife to La Gomera (a mere 44km / 27 miles across the Atlantic Ocean).

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Smell ya at Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Kansas City doesn’t know it yet, but they’re about to get a heck of a lot trashier.

The Kansas City Trashboat Regatta will be holding down a booth at the Maker Faire on the weekend of June 27-29. We will have boats, tutorials, children’s activities, swashbuckling tales of adventure and booty, and of course, trash.

We’re super-excited and can’t wait to see you there.

We’ll surely have more info as the day gets closer, so keep an eye on the site.

We’re still working on setting up a boat-building class through the Kansas City Free School. Announcement pending, and pending pretty darn toute-suite, I reckon.

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Tis’ the season for the plastic bottle kayak!

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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River Punk’s Boat Building ‘Zine

The Trashboat Regatta’s boat building zine is now available around KC! If you wish to have a copy and cannot get a hold of one at the Vacant Farm zine library then email Jaclyn for an issue.

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The Regatta at Troostfest

The Regatta tabled at Troostfest this year promoting the upcoming July float! Glad to see you there if you made it on by.


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Come On Up And See Us

We’re excited to be holding a booth at the 10th Annual Troost Festival on the 3100 block of Troost Avenue in midtown Kansas City Missouri.

The festival is always fun with lots of music, food, and vendors. We’re there as…miscellaneous mischief. Hope to see some new and friendly faces. We’ll be handing out Zines with information on boat building and will be available to answer questions about regattas past, present, and future.


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