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


Tribes would paddle a boat out into the water and around a flag before collecting a series of items, either crates or oars, in a zigzag 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 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 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 Tadhana in a close race.

The challenge returned in 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 Cambodia, again as a Reward Challenge shortly after the merge. The teams were to set off in boats to collect four separate colored crates which would be used to complete a puzzle similar to Sea Crates. 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.

The challenge once again returned in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, this time with the initial paddling out portion removed as the teams started in the water. Teams collected three bags of logs along the way before using the logs to push out puzzle pieces from a chute. The first team to solve the puzzle spelling out Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers would win. The more physical blue team of Ashley Nolan, Ben Driebergen, Devon Pinto, and Joe Mena took an early lead and maintained it until the end, winning a trip to a Survivor spa and a feast.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Blood vs. Water
"One Armed Dude and Three Moms"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S27 aras t.pngS27 gervase t.pngS27 kat t.pngS27 laurab t.png
S27 lauram t.pngS27 monica t.pngS27 tina t.pngS27 tyson t.png
"Sitting in My Spy Shack"
Team Reward S28 jefra t.pngS28 jeremiah t.pngS28 spencer t.pngS28 tasha t.png
Jefra, Jeremiah, Spencer, & Tasha
"You Call, We'll Haul"
Team Reward S31 ciera t.pngS31 joe t.pngS31 keith t.png
S31 kelley t.pngS31 kelly t.pngS31 kimmi t.png
Ciera, Joe, Keith, Kelley, Kelly, & Kimmi
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"Buy One, Get One Free"
Team Reward S35 ashley t.pngS35 ben t.pngS35 devon t.pngS35 joe t.png
Ashley, Ben, Devon, & Joe



  • 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.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me