We are proud to announce that our Southport Wooden Boat Show was selected as the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival & Event Winner for the month of November 2020!

2021 Southport Wooden Boat Show Canceled

IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT I INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW’S SHOW IS CANCELED. WITH ANTICIPATED 1-3” OF RAIN, GUSTS OVER 40 MPH, AND A SUPER LUNAR HIGH TIDE, WE CANNOT PUT ANYONE IN HARM’S WAY!

WE ARE STILL HAVING THE APPRECIATION RECEPTION TONIGHT FOR ALL OUR SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, DIGNATARIES, ETC. SO PLEASE COME AND ENJOY FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK THIS YEAR. I WILL BE GIVING OUT THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD AND UNVEILING THE FOUNDERS TROPHY.

-Chris

Below are pictures that illustrate part of the reason we decided to cancel the show, being a lunar high tide and winds pushing water in from the ocean to add to it. The wind continued to build throughout the day with rain. About 1/3rd of the boat exhibitor spaces where submerged and access for vehicles as well. The last 3 were where the entrance would have been to the In-Water exhibitors.

Wooden boats and Southport…the Cape Fear River Pilots guiding a freighter up river, commercial fisherman returning to the Old Yacht Basin with their Brunswick Catch, the Old Smithfield Burying Grounds, hosting NC State’s official 4th of July celebration, the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet careening the Revenge through the Cape Fear inlet, and all the local history on display in Southport’s NC Maritime Museum and Visitor’s Center. All are an integral part of Southport’s heritage and are celebrated each year at the Southport Wooden Boat Show.

The 11th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show (SWBS) for 2020 – WOW what a ride! The COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 forced our first ever virtual boat show!

Last year we held our wooden boat show online due to the pandemic. You can still tour the virtual boat show here: Click to see the 2020 Virtual Wooden Boat Show. We are excited to see what 2021’s in-person show will bring. See you in November!

The 12th Anniversary of the Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show will be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2021, in & around the historic Old Yacht Basin in Southport, from 10a.m. until 4:00p.m.

The In-Water event will end at 3:30 p.m. for the Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Caswell & Moore Streets in front of the SWBS Sponsor Board. Our tradition continues with boats On-Land and In-Water, with visitors able to meet and talk with wooden boat makers and owners, and to vote for their favorite boat entrant in the People’s Choice Award. With nautical & maritime demonstrations planned along the waterfront, and more vendors expected at this year’s show, we’re anticipating an even bigger show than last year.

Children Activities will return to this year’s show under the tutelage of the NC Maritime Museum of Southport’s Nauti-Kids program. The little sailors will be able to build their own boats and test their sea-worthiness, learn rope making, learn to sail in a static display and learn from exhibits by the North Carolina Aquarium and The Ft Fisher Underwater Archeology Branch as part of the day’s activities.

Our 2019 Raffle Boat is on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport until event day.

Read about our expanded food event, A Taste of Cape Fear, featuring a Seafood Chowder, Shrimp & Grits, and new this year is a Low Country Boil made by the award winning Frying Pan Restaurant Chef.

This is accomplished through the SWBS Event Committee (below) and an exceptional volunteer workforce.

Mission Statement

The Southport Wooden Boat Show’s purpose is to promote interest in and disseminate knowledge of the craft and art of wooden boat construction, to support efforts to preserve wooden boat construction and skills and to celebrate the region’s maritime and boatbuilding history. This is accomplished through the SWBS Event Committee and an exceptional volunteer workforce. The Southport Wooden Boat Show is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. No goods or services are rendered for contributions, and they are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.