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North Carolina Maritime Museum’s 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show sets sail for boating enthusiasts.

The longest running boat show in the Southeast takes place Saturday, May 5, 2018

BEAUFORT, NC  – Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for you. The show takes place at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 5, 2018 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.

Some of the highlights of the 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show include:

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. 

Free Sailboat Rides Families can enjoy a traditional wooden sailboat ride on Taylor’s Creek. 

Traditional Sailboat Races – 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

How to Insert a Ship in a Bottle One of the most anticipated events is the demonstration by Jim Goodwin with his “Ships in Bottles.”   Attendees will have the opportunity to see one of the best known craftsmen in the art of building ships in a bottle.

Carolina Maritime Model Expo   the Carolina Maritime Model Exposition with model boats ranging in average size from 25” to 40”.

Cricket II, the boat that inspired the movie Jaws  Once again, visitors to the Beaufort waterfront will have the opportunity to see the legendary Cricket II 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 42 year 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.

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.  

Nautical Rope Tying – Don Van Hoy 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 – 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.  The permanent exhibit opened in June 2011 and expanded in January 2015.  Free admission to the museum and donations are always welcome.

And Much More…The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show is held simultaneously with the 11th 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 252-504-7740.  All details are on the North Carolina Maritime Museum Website.



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