Student-built boat, the Jawn, sets sail on its maiden voyage: 'It took a lot of sanding'

John McDevitt
June 02, 2018 - 6:13 pm

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It was a day of celebration along the Delaware River as a handmade motorboat, built by local high school students, made its maiden voyage Saturday afternoon.

Using non-alcoholic sparkling cider, students and instructors christened the 19-foot Garvey as "The Jawn."

Sixty-five teens involved in the Independence Seaport Museum's SAILOR program built the boat, from scratch, over the past 7 months.

Fifteen-year-old Monet Gorham was very proud.

"See the front and the back of the boat with the smooth part, the paint right there, that's by me. I did that. It took a lot of sanding," she explained.

Megan Siegel is a co-instructor for the program.

"They drew up the plans for it and then we did mock ups out of cardboard and adjusted those mock ups once we saw them to scale and then from there we started using the actual material that you see on the boat," she said.

Six people can fit on the boat, and students took turns taking rides.