When challenged with constructing a boat made completely of cardboard and duct tape in just under two hours – Chastain-Skillman employees stepped up to the task. They joined 40 other boats from Lakeland area businesses, clubs and schools to compete at the 13th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakeshore Festival on September 10th.

Using their engineering expertise to their advantage, they designed boat plans in advance using their CAD software. Once the boat was constructed on-site, Chastain-Skillman employees, Kevin Albrecht and Joseph Frye boarded the completed vessel and raced it on a marked course in Lake Hollingsworth.

“This is always one of our favorite Lakeland events to participate in,” remarked Kevin Albrecht. “It allows us to use our skills in a fun way, be competitive and get involved with the community.” The Chastain-Skillman team had a close race, narrowly coming in third in their heat.

The Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge was hosted by the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Vision, Lakeland Clean and Beautiful and Lakes Education/Action Drive, to raise public awareness about the city’s lakes and their importance to our environment.