Float Your Boat

October 2010
Written By: 
April A. Morris

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show highlights more than a century of boatbuilding

The sparkling sunshine, cool breezes, and freedom to roam—they all beckon you to get out on the water and enjoy the day. Whether you arrive by rowboat, skiff, speedboat, or minivan to the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, you can pay homage to the craftsmanship and skill that built some of the first and finest water-going craft.

Celebrating its twenty-first year, this annual event not only features a showcase of nearly 100 boats—everything from owner-designed vessels to inboard-powered yachts—but also a four-hour, construction-blitz boatbuilding competition ending with a seaworthiness test on the Sampit River. The top three teams are then eligible to compete in the 2011 National BoatBuilding Challenge.

While the saws are humming and the caulk drying, boat enthusiasts and landlubbers can test their knot-tying skills with Dan the Knot Man; sample gumbo, shrimp Creole, and other savories from the Ship’s Galley; or let the kids try out mini-boatbuilding. In addition, funds from sales and donations benefit the development of the Harbor Historical Association’s Maritime Museum.

The gentle lapping of the water is calling, so cast off your line, turn windward, and make your way—whether by land or sea—to the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show for a bit of seafaring fun.

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
Saturday, October 16
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission.
(843) 545-0015