Big Little Boat Festival 2024

Location: 500 Conquest Beach Rd, Centrevlle, Maryland
Dates: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Join us for a day of waterfront fun at Conquest Beach on the beautiful Chester River. Conquest Beach is situated on the 758-acre Conquest Preserve between the Chester and Corsica Rivers. It is about an hour east of our Annapolis shop. But we think it will be worth the drive for those visiting from the western shore.  The beach has easy access for small boats on dollies and plenty of shade on shore. The facility includes two bath houses with showers, plenty of parking, and, best of all, the view of the river is fantastic. The event is free and open to the public. 

Our rowing, sailing, and paddling fleet will be available for on-water demos. Under the pavilion, we will have boatbuilding seminars. The kids' cardboard boatbuilding event at last year's BLBF was a huge hit and will return this year. We encourage all our boatbuilder friends to bring their boats to play with and/or enter the Boatbuilding Contest. Bring your boat, show off your hard work, and hopefully, you will win a prize!

Grab a bite to eat at the on-site food truck, or bring a picnic lunch. On-site camping is available on Friday & Saturday nights.  We hope to see you there!

  • On-Water Demos: 9am - 12pm, (Lunchtime 12pm -1pm), 1pm - 4:30pm 

  • Technical Seminars

  • Kids' Cardboard Boat Racing: (Weather Permitting)

  • Boatbuilding Contest Awards: 4pm (more details to come)

  • GPS Directions:  500 Conquest Beach Rd, Centreville, MD 21617

  • Food Truck on Site for Lunch

  • Sorry, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the premises. 
  • This is an alcohol-free event.

Registration (Free!) Opens SOON!

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GPS directions:  500 Conquest Beach Road, Centreville, MD 21617

Important Notes:

  • We'll be there RAIN OR SHINE.
  • Bring your own Paddles & Life Jackets. We'll have lots of gear for in-water trials, but you can help us keep the lines down by bringing your own.
  • If you are trailering a larger craft like PocketShip, you'll need to use the Centreville Boat Ramp (see below); don't forget to purchase your launch permit in advance!
  • Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or snacks. A food truck will be on station at Conquest Beach, 11am-2pm with great food options including pit beef, pulled pork, and ham sandwiches, caesar salad (plain or with protein), fries, chips, and soft drinks.
  • Bring your own refillable water bottles, sun screen, towels, lawn chairs, and everything else you need to enjoy a day at the beach.
  • Bring the kids! Sorry, your furry kids and other pets need to stay at home. Conquest Beach does not allow non-human pets.

Sorry, no trailer launching on the beach. Please bring your dolly!

Boat Ramp Launching Facilities for large boats:
Conquest Beach is great for launching lightweight boats like kayaks, rowing boats, and dinghies. Larger boats that require a boat ramp will need to use one of the local public ramps. A permit is required, so plan ahead! Launching permit purchase information can be found here. 

> Centreville Boat Ramp This is the closest boat ramp to the event and has parking for about 12 vehicles with trailers. It is 7 miles up the Corsica River by water, so we suggest bringing your auxiliary outboard.    
  201 Front Street, Centreville, MD 21617

Directions from Conquest Beach to the nearest launch ramp (click the image to enlarge).

Directions from Conquest Beach to the local Launch ramp

Camping is available Friday and Saturday nights

Boatbuilding seminars will be held under the pavilion.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Chester River from the festival grounds at Conquest Beach!

Conquest Beach on the Chester River

It's really all about the boats! You bring yours;
we're bringing ours to try out on the river!

Kayaks, Canoes & Paddleboards

Chesapeake 14 | Chesapeake 16 | Chesapeake 16LT
Chesapeake 17 | Chesapeake 17LT | Chesapeake 18
Chesapeake Triple

Mill Creek 13 | Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid | Sea Island Sport

Great Auk 14 | Sea Island Sport | Io

Night Heron Hybrid | S&G Night Heron | Night Heron High Deck
Petrel (Strip) | S&G Petrel | S&G Petrel Play

Shearwater 14 Hybrid | Shearwater 16
Shearwater 17 | Shearwater Sport | Sectional Shearwater Sport
Shearwater Double

Wood Duckling 8 | Wood Duck 10 | Wood Duck 12
Wood Duck 12 Hybrid | Wood Duck 14 | Wood Duck Double

Sassafras 12 | Sassafras 16

Kaholo 12 | Kaholo 14 | Kaholo 14 Hybrid

Rowing & Sailing Smallcraft

Annapolis Wherry | Annapolis Wherry Tandem
Expedition Wherry | Chester Yawl | Oxford Shell II

Eastport Pram | Eastport Nesting Pram
Passagemaker Dinghy | Passagemaker Take-Apart

Northeaster Dory | Southwester Dory
Jimmy Skiff II | Tenderly 10
Lighthouse Tender Peapod | Skerry | PT Eleven



Teardrop Camper | Peeler Skiff