Enter the 2018 Stingy Sailor DIY Project Contest

Did you do a project on your sailboat last year that you’re particularly proud of? Or did you make an ingenious improvement that you’d like to share with other skippers? I’ve received comments and emails from many of you who rolled up your sleeves and took on DIY projects large and small, simple and complex. Now’s your turn to show off some of your hard work for a chance to win prizes and worldwide acclaim!

Starting today and running through April 30, 2018, you can enter your best restoration or improvement project in the Stingy Sailor DIY Project Contest.

The top four entries will be awarded prizes from our generous contest sponsors:

  • First Place – Viadana USA gift certificate ($100.00 value) and a one-year print or digital subscription to Good Old Boat magazine ($39.95 value).
  • Second Place – Sailrite gift certificate ($100 value) and a one-year print or digital subscription to Good Old Boat magazine ($39.95 value).
  • Third Place – N & J Marine gift certificate ($100 value) and a one-year print or digital subscription to Good Old Boat magazine ($39.95 value).
  • Fourth Place – Catalina 22 pop-in sleeve mastgate ($59.95 value) from mastgates.com and a one year print or digital subscription to Good Old Boat magazine ($39.95 value).

The requirements are simple. Send an email to contest@stingysailor.com that includes ALL of the following:

  • Year, make, and model of your sailboat.
  • What your project was about and what products you used.
  • When you did the project and how long the project took. Only completed projects may be entered, no work still in progress.
  • Approximate total cost of the parts and materials.
  • At least one high-quality picture of the result. Additional pictures, drawings, or video can increase your score.
  • Your full name, telephone number, and mailing address for prize delivery.

Besides the prizes, your project might also be featured in a future blog post for the whole world to admire, which comes with major bragging rights for the winner!

Yours truly will personally judge each entry based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Innovation – How clever and creative is it?
  • Economy – Not necessarily lowest cost, but the most bang for the buck.
  • Utility – How useful is it? Does it enhance sailing enjoyment, comfort, convenience, or safety?
  • Craftsmanship – How much skill and attention to detail does it show?
  • Presentation – Quality of the entry text, photos, or video.

Be sure to read the complete contest rules for the nitty gritty details. And please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, your favorite sailing websites, or with your friends by email. The more people that enter, the bigger this contest will get and attract even bigger prizes.

Now get busy and enter your projects. I’m looking forward to seeing what YOU have been doing!

This contest is possible because of the generous contributions of the following sponsors. Support them because they support you!

ViadanaUSA is the US distributor for Italian manufacturer Viadana, who have been making high quality, affordable rigging hardware since 1961.
The leader in marine, outdoor, and home decor sewing supplies and knowledge for the do-it-yourselfer.


N and J Marine is a recycler of fresh water sailboats.  They have a large inventory of used parts and also sell new Viadana rigging hardware.
MastGates.com is the leader in precision engineered mast gates and accessories for sailboats of all makes and sizes.
The only sailing magazine dedicated to the sailors who maintain, improve, and upgrade their boats themselves.

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