2015 JRBF Brochure available for free download:

Please feel free to download the 2015 JRBF brochure (Click here to download). Please print out and distribute as you can to help out the JRBF! Thank you!

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    Revised JRBF Trail Atlas now available:

    The James River Batteau Festival Trail Atlas - REVISED 2015

    The James River Batteau Festival Trail Atlas – REVISED 2015

    The James River Batteau Festival Trail Atlas, Revised 2015 edition is now available from the Virginia Canals & Navigations online store for $15 each plus VA Tax and shipping. Many new revisions have been made to the atlas by Dr. Bill Trout. If you join the VC&NS (The JRBF’s parent organization), you are eligible to receive a 20% discount on VC&NS publications.

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      JRBF 2015 Poster available for download:

      James River Batteau Festival - 2015 Poster

      JRBF – 2015 Poster

      Please feel free to download the full size poster and print out as many copies as you want. (Click on the image above to download) The full size image is 12″ x 18″ in color.

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        The JRBF Welcomes the batteau “Margaret Stevens”

        The crew of the batteau "Margaret Stevens": (l-r) Dan Joyce, Cameron Matherly, Allen Matherly, Robby Nichols, Mike Harris, Devin Dorn.

        The crew of the batteau “Margaret Stevens”:
        (l-r) Dan Joyce, Cameron Matherly, Allen Matherly, Robby Nichols, Mike Harris, Devin Dorn.

        The batteau “Margaret Stevens” is a new batteau with a brand new crew. The JRBF Family welcomes this new group from Powhatan, Virginia.

        Crew member Dan Joyce writes:

        “I can’t wait for the JRBF! This is my first year,and I will be on the Margaret Stevens. The batteau is looking nice. We are working on trim,and walk boards right now.”

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          JRBF Spring Meeting Held May 3rd in Scottsville.

          The 2015 spring meeting of the JRBF was held in Scottsville at the Tavern on the James in the upstairs dining room. The room was packed with many old-timey batteau people and a whole lot of new faces as well. Chairman Ralph Smith led the meeting while recognizing former Chairman Norm Hansen of the batteau “Thomas Jefferson” (#4) and the next Chairman Andrew Shaw. There are 5 new boats being built. Two new crews and 3 old crews with new boats. The total number of boats was announced to be 22 for this year, which can always change as we get closer to the time to launch! Everyone was really excited about this being the 30th Annual JRBF! There will be a new version of the JRBF Trail Atlas available from the VC&NS online store later in May. Dr. Trout is working on some last minute changes before the new edition is printed. See the VC&NS online store for more information and to please join the VC&NS as a member. You may also pay camping fees online for those not on a boat crew.

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            The Batteau “Alvin Eugene” under construction.

            Draper Lee and Daniel Lee and friends from the former Peak’s Shadow batteau are building a fine new batteau named the “Alvin Eugene”.

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