Boatloads of Fun for Wooden Boat Show

October 2014
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan
Photographs by: 
Keith Jacobs
The Wooden Boat Show returns to Georgetown
Benefitting the South Carolina Maritime Museum, whose vision is “to tell the stories that are unique to South Carolina’s maritime history through photographs, documents, artifacts and interactive exhibits,” this favorite annual event is back and will be celebrating its 25th year. Packed full of fun for the whole family, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy as this festival celebrates Georgetown’s own maritime heritage.

Perhaps the highlight of the event, more than 140 classic wooden boats will be displayed in the water along the boardwalk and Front Street, where visitors will be able to speak with the craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. These vessels will be exhibited in 17 categories, ranging from kayaks to canoes to sail to yachts.

The show will also feature a Wooden Boat Challenge on Saturday, where two-man teams will race to build a rowing skiff in a four-hour time limit. At 5 p.m., the competitors will test their creations for seaworthiness in the Sampit River and will be judged on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing ability.

Children will also be able to try their hands at boat-building by creating a model and testing it out in a pond on Front Street. Dan “the Knot Man” Machowski will be back to give knot-tying demonstrations. Those of age are also welcome to enjoy a brew at the beer garden. The Blue Plantation Band and the V-Tones will keep the crowds rocking.

Wooden Boat Show Georgetown Waterfront at Front Street
October 18-19, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday Free
(843) 520-0111 www.