The 8th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show, sponsored by the SWBS Committee, will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10am until 4pm.

Wooden boats and Southport…it’s like the Cape Fear River Pilots guiding a freighter up the Cape Fear 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, or all the local history on display in Southport’s NC Maritime Museum and Visitor’s Center an integral part of Southport’s heritage.

As with last year’s show, boats will be displayed in and around the historic Old Yacht Basin in Southport, North Carolina. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with wooden boat makers and owners, and to vote for their favorite boat entrant for the People’s Choice Award. Additionally a team of judges will also award six other prizes.

Children Activities will return to this year’s show, where the little sailors will be able to build (with or without help) their own boats and test their sea-worthiness. Exhibits from the North Carolina Aquarium and The Ft Fisher Underwater Archeology Branch will enhance the afternoon activities.

More boats, both in and out of the water, and more nautical/ maritime vendors are expected at this year’s show, which has been growing every year. Nautical & maritime demonstrations are planned along the waterfront, and the model boat exhibit will return.

A new collectors’ quality poster has been designed, as will as the special edition T-shirt for this year’s show. Both will be available at the show from the Ship’s Store tent. Once again, there will be many exciting items to be raffled. Read about our new & exciting food event, A Taste of Cape Fear, featuring an award winning seafood chowder, house made, by one of the premiere fish houses in Southport’s iconic yacht basin.

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. The Southport Wooden Boat Show is a non-profit charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.