10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wooden boats on exhibit: Moore Street and Caswell Ave.

In-Water boats on exhibit: at the docks at Admirals Harbor until 3:30 p.m. for Awards ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Music Tent

Wooden boat Building demonstration (Cape Fear Community College): Mark Bayne and students will build a yet another “from scratch” wooden boat with work beginning Saturday morning and completing that

Ship’s Store: Official SWBS posters, hats, and T-shirts

Model Boat and Photo Exhibit

Herb Harton live music in Music Tent corner of Moore & Caswell (also Awards Ceremony location)

Vendors dispersed throughout the event venue

Maritime Displays, Talks & Demonstrations

Duke Energy Maritime Pavilion

  • Half Hull display and demonstration – Fred Truelove
  • Boat Building Camp display: Pictures of students and models Display of tools, knot boards, canvas work
  • Historic models and construction – Robert Tuttle
  • The Old Marlinspike – Don Van Hoy

Maritime Tents

  • Brunswick Catch
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Coastal Water Watch and the Southport Tree Committee
  • Ft. Fisher Underwater Archeology Lab
  • Southport Sail and Power Squadron
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Children’s Activities

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Outreach Program Exhibit and Hands-on Activities

NC Maritime Museum, Southport:

  • Nauti Kids boat building Squishy Fish
  • Rope making machine
  • Naval Stores
  • Age of Sail navigation
  • Shipwrecks and archaeology
  • NC Aquarium

NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort:

  • “Climb Aboard”: Kids can climb into a flat bottom skiff with sail and manipulate lines as if sailing it.
  • “Boatbuilding Skills for Kids” An opportunity for kids to use traditional boatbuilding hand tools

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Taste of the Cape Fear

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm seafood chowder and shrimp & grits served, $5.00 a bowl.

10:30 am – 3:30 pm Harbor Tours on the Cape Fear

Boats leave from Fishy Fishy. Tickets purchased at Information Booth #2.

Morning tours:

Launch Times: 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm
20 minute tours $10 Adult and $5 each with children accompanied by adults, Parrot Head Tours with Captain Tom Hetherington & Southport Boat Rentals with Captain Eli Bostic

Afternoon tours:

Launch Times: 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
40 minute tours $12 each; age 13 & up.


2:00 pm Last call to cast your ballot for “Best of Show” People’s Choice Award

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Presentations at Music Tent by Southport Mayor Jerry Dove

Raffle Prizes

Wooden Boat Awards