Lake Cumberland marinas hope to float to world record

If you have something that floats and want to help set a world record, head to Lake Cumberland on Saturday.

Marinas on the lake are hosting an effort to set a world record for the most watercraft tied together. The activity is called a "raft-up."

The record is 1,453 watercraft, set in 2004 on Lake Norman in North Carolina, according to Jade Clark with Guinness World Records.

As of Friday afternoon, about 1,000 boats had registered for the event, said J.D. Hamilton, president of the Lake Cumberland Association.

Just about any kind of boat or personal watercraft — from a canoe to a huge houseboat — will qualify to be in the event, but not inflatable craft, Hamilton said.

The record will require that all the boats be joined by a single line for at least one minute and have at least one person on board at the time, according to a Guinness news release.

Participants can register online at, or at the lake. The tie-up will be in the center of the lake, in Wayne County, Hamilton said.

There is a $20 fee. Participants will get a T-shirt and a decal to verify their participation in the record attempt.

Guinness will have a judge on the lake Saturday to count boats. The event lasts from 1 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., but the judge will make the count beginning at 4:30 p.m., according to a news release.