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!

Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual SWBS

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Cancelled – Southport Wooden Boat Show – November 7, 2020

It is with much sadness that I write to announce the cancellation of the 2020 SWBS for the first time in its history. This year has seen a number of barriers placed in the path to the November 7th show, but they have finally overwhelmed us.

Please know that the SWBS Event Committee had been working tirelessly to devise a COVID19 plan to address the safety of all in order to hold the 11th Annual SWBS. Then, Isaias hit Southport with a destructive storm surge, winds to the waterfront, including Southport Marina, and a tornado that ripped right through the Old Yacht Basin. Lastly, the State of Emergency for Southport was extended until the end of 2020 in the interest of public safety amid a pandemic that, regrettably, has not abated in Brunswick County, in North Carolina, or the country as a whole.

We want to sincerely thank all of the Sponsors, Boat Exhibitors, Vendors, and Volunteers who make the show what it is, and invite you to join us again in 2021. A big thanks to the Mayor, Alderman, Tourism Department, Public Works, the Maritime Museum, the merchants, and the citizens of Southport for their 11 years of support. Finally, I want to recognize the Event Committee for its unselfish work in keeping the show alive and growing. Y’all are truly remarkable!

We will get through these trying times. We will come out on the other side stronger, and ready to make our lives, as well as the 2021 Southport Wooden Boat Show, better than ever.

Please stay safe.

Most Humbly,

Christopher M. Schnell
President/Chairman
Southport Wooden Boat Show

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 9th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show (SWBS) for 2018 – WOW what a ride! Hurricane Florence forced our first ever rescheduling of our show to November 3rd!

We were blessed with fantastic weather and our attendance exceeded the estimated 10,000 people of the prior year! I believe our success was best summed up by Southport Mayor Jerry Dove when he said “after being devastated by Hurricane Florence and weeks into recovery, the city needed something to lift its spirits. Today you could see smiles and happiness and laughter all around you at the show. It’s just what Southport needed.”

The 10th Anniversary of the Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 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 Poster and T-shirt are of a local boat again this year, Dean Dosher’s Ramona, set against the Lockwood Folly River where he conducts tours. Both will be available at the show from the Ship’s Store tent.

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.