45th Annual Wooden Boat Show
Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations, and activities for children.
The annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” four consecutive years.
Throughout the show, please feel free to tag your photos with #BeaufortBoatShow.
So save the Date – Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Curator of Maritime Research and Technology, Paul Fontenoy, says that this show has something to offer everybody, even those who are not wooden boat enthusiasts. Fontenoy explained; “We pay a lot of attention to making sure the show is not just interesting for wooden boat enthusiasts, so we have activities for children and opportunities for families to do things together, such as taking a boat ride.”
The youngsters can take part in Maritime games and crafts in the Wooden Boat Kids area. And families can team up to test their skills in sailing radio-controlled model boats. Kids can also make their own model sailboats. Come see traditional skills demonstrated and displays as well as historic vessels, educational activities, boat models. There will even be sailboat races at 3 p.m., as well as sailboat rides from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985
The Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society.
The museum has received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show year after year. It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.
Schedule Of Events
The 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show’s schedule of events will be packed full of exciting things to do. Set sail in a traditional wooden boat, or practice your boating skills in the Virtual Trainer.
Don’t forget to stop by the vendors and of course visit all of the wooden boat exhibits. Wooden boat owners come from all over to be a part of the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show!
Beaufort National BoatBuilding Challenge
If you think traditional boat building has its challenges, you don’t have to look any further than the 12th Annual Beaufort National BoatBuilding Challenge.
It’s an afternoon of fun and competition as the event showcases the art, skill and speed of traditional boat builders.
Beaufort Cardboard Boatbuilding Challenge
Cardboard and duct tape, that’s it.
Three hours later a cardboard boat that will go into Taylor’s Creek for a rowing race.
Some make it, others will wish they had used more duct tape!!
The History of the Annual Wooden Boat ShowIt was 1975 and Mr. Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford were conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats when they decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful… wooden boats. Though McNeill had the ideal setting for such an event, the surrounding buildings and streets were not quite conducive to such a display, downtown Beaufort was still undergoing its transformation from a working waterfront to a quaint little tourist town.
Register Your Boat
Registration is open for the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show, the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. To register, contact N.C. Maritime Museum Registrar Frances Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 504-7758.