"Boats, Brains & Brawn"
A crate idea galang
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring physical challenge
Appearances: Blood vs. Water

Boats, Brains & Brawn (also known as Rove, Rove, Rove Your Boat) is a recurring physical challenge on Survivor.


Castaways would paddle a boat out into the water and collect a series of items, either crates or oars, in a zig-zag path going back to shore.  Once all the items are collected, they would be used to solve a puzzle. The first tribe to finish the puzzle wins.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Paddling out to retrieve puzzle crates, the tribes would have to dive down underwater to release the boxes. Once all crates were retrieved and brought back to shore, the tribes would stack the crates into a staircase with the name of this season Blood vs. Water properly aligned along the sides. Then, two members of each tribe would solve a puzzle giving them the combination to retrieve the correct key. The first tribe to run to the top of the tower, unlock and pull a lever, releasing the tribe flag, would win the challenge. Galang won their fourth Immunity Challenge in a row, beating their rivals, Tadhana, in a close race.

The challenge returned in Survivor: Cagayan as a Post-Merge Reward Challenge, where the teams had to go out in a boat to retrieve paddles with letters on them. The first team to come back with all the paddles and use them to figure a common Survivor phrase ("Worth playing for"), would win. In a back-and-forth race, the purple team of Jefra Bland, Jeremiah Wood, Spencer Bledsoe, and Tasha Fox were able to beat the orange team to enjoy a picnic lunch.

The challenge appeared yet again in Survivor: Cambodia, again as a Post-Merge Reward Challenge. The teams were to set off in boats to collect four separate colored crates which would be used to complete a puzzle similar to Block It Out. Ultimately, the green team consisting of Ciera Eastin, Joe Anglim, Keith Nale, Kelley Wentworth, Kelly Wiglesworth, and Kimmi Kappenberg won the trip to the Survivor cafe.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Blood vs. Water
"One Armed Dude and Three Moms"
Tribal Immunity/Reward S27 aras tS27 gervase tS27 kat tS27 laurab t
S27 lauram tS27 monica tS27 tina tS27 tyson t
"Chaos Is My Friend"
Team Reward S28 jefra cS28 jeremiah cS28 spencer cS28 tasha c
Jefra, Jeremiah, Spencer, & Tasha
"You Call, We'll Haul"
Team Reward S31 ciera tS31 joe tS31 keith t
S31 kelley tS31 kelly tS31 kimmi t
Ciera, Joe, Keith, Kelley, Kelly, & Kimmi



  • Ciera Eastin, Spencer Bledsoe, and Tasha Fox have each competed in this challenge twice and have each won once.
  • Both times that Spencer and Tasha competed they were on the same team.