45th Annual Wooden Boat Show sails into Beaufort May 4
Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for you. The show takes place at the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Annual Wooden Boat Show is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.
This free event celebrates the art of wooden boat building, the sport of boat racing, and the culture and history that surrounds these boats. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats, full size and model, will be on display with many coming from outside North Carolina.
The 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show has once again received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society. The Society recognized the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Annual Wooden Boat Show as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” for May 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year the museum has received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show.
The Beaufort Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, recently joined the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the support organization for the Museum.
“We’re excited to be a part of the Annual Wooden Boat Show with our restaurant, 34° North being a sponsor this year,” said Peter Grills, General Manager for the Beaufort Hotel.
Grant Caraway, Wooden Boat Show Coordinator, says the show has something to offer everyone, even if you’re not a wooden boat enthusiast.
Accommodations: Make reservations now for hotel rooms. The Beaufort Hotel NC, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member is now accepting online reservations at www.choicehotels.com. Telephone reservations can also be made through Choice Reservations at 877-424-6423.
Need to Know: As expected, the town will be extremely busy! Restaurants will be very crowded with wait times longer than usual. Please be patient with your servers. Most of all, be sure to have fun.
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- Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Price: Free admission to the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show. Free admission to the North Carolina Maritime Museum to see Blackbeard’s artifacts from his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
- Parking: Plenty of free parking.
- North Carolina Maritime Museum, 35 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, 28516
Wooden Boat Kids
The show’s younger visitors will find plenty to do at the Wooden Boat Show. Starting at 10 a.m., children will be invited to sand, design and assemble their own wooden boats. Upon completion, they will have the opportunity to race their boat against other children’s boats. If preferred, they can blow wind in their sails while boating on the temporary pond on the museum’s front patio. This craft is very popular and boat supplies often run out early. We encourage children to come by the Wooden Boat Kids area early to make their boat, get a temporary tattoo, or to test their strength.
Free Sail Boat Rides
Families can enjoy a traditional wooden sailboat ride on Taylor’s Creek. On Saturday, May 4, free boat rides in a traditional wooden boat will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, free boat rides will be also offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Watercraft Center (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sailing program.
Watch the races on Taylor’s Creek. The will take place at 11 a.m. Spritsail Race, 2 p.m. Beaufort Oars Gig Race, and 3 p.m. Traditional Sailboat Races.
Carolina Maritime Model Expo
One of the main attractions at the Annual Wooden Boat Show is the many traditional wooden boats. But, there’s another show that takes place on a smaller scale and it’s always a big draw for boat enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. It’s the Carolina Maritime Model Exposition with model boats ranging in average size from 25” to 40”.
In past years the number of model boats on exhibit has ranged from thirty to close to sixty models. Often some members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society bring in as many as eight to ten models each. Some of these models are equipped with their own motors and their designers will be demonstrating their abilities in the larger pond set up on the front patio throughout the boat show
“These handcrafted vessels are indeed a labor of love, sometimes taking 12 to 14 months to complete,” according to William Prentice, past president of the Carolina Maritime Model Society, the oldest organization of its kind in North Carolina.
Attendees to the show will have the opportunity to vote for “Spectator’s Choice” award. The award goes to the “most popular” model at the show and is voted on solely by those visitors. The exposition is held in the auditorium of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
Cricket II, the boat that inspired the movie Jaws
The legendary Cricket II returns to Beaufort’s Annual Wooden Boat Show. Once again, visitors to the Beaufort waterfront will have the opportunity to see the fishing boat that became the inspiration for the book and movie Jaws.
In-Water Boat Show
In addition to the Cricket II, a number of boats will be on display at the Beaufort Town Docks. From Sinbad’s pirate ship the Meka II to a traditional Core Sounder fishing boat and others may offer tours aboard.
Barbour Boat Works
The North Carolina Maritime Museum has partnered with the Barbour Boat Owners Association of New Bern to showcase the largest number of Barbour boats in the history of the show. Visitors can learn about the Barbour Boat Works from an exhibit inside the Museum to learn more about where these beautiful boats were built. Locals remember waterskiing behind these boats on Taylor’s Creek.
Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron has partnered with the North Carolina Maritime Museum to bring a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer for demonstration. Attendees will have an opportunity to “virtually” maneuver the “Boston Whaler Dauntless 200” on a lake where there are no risks as you approach other boats in meeting, crossing, and overtaking situations. In addition to the Annual Wooden Boat Show, the Fort Macon virtual demonstration will also take place on Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday May 5 from 1 – 5 p.m.
Nautical Rope Tying
Don Van Hoy became fascinated with rope work while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. That was over fifteen years ago and his fascination still continues. He is keeping alive a tradition of working with ropes and knots for practical purposes. Known as Marlinspike seamanship, the practice goes back as long as there have been ships going to sea. Van Hoy will be demonstrating the art of knot work.
“Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit
In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. For more than 270 years, it was hidden by water and sand – the location a mystery to archeologists around the world.
The Museum became the official repository for all artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. Free admission to the museum and donations are always welcome.
The Beaufort Pirate Invasion will hold a pirate encampment on the Museum’s back patio.
This year, the Marine Arts Guild Show takes place in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Visitors can vote for their favorite marine artwork. Plein Air Painters will also be in various locations throughout the Wooden Boat Show.
Maritime musician Bob Zentz will perform sea chanteys and nautical-themed music in the Museum’s auditorium.
The kick-off reception for the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center on Friday, May 3. The event includes food and live music from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Museum Store.
For more information on the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show, you can visit their dedicated vanity website at www.beaufortwoodenboatshow.com.
The 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show is held simultaneously with the 12th Annual Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge on Front Street so the day will be flooded with enthusiasts and spectators.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. For more information about the museum, call 252-504-7440. The website is www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.