10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wooden boats on exhibit: Moore Street, Caswell Ave, and at the docks at Admirals Harbor

Wooden boat Building demonstration (Cape Fear Community College): Mark Bayne and students will build a 14’ clamming skiff with cypress sides and marine plywood bottom (work will begin on Friday and continue on Saturday)

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

Model Boat and Photo Exhibit

Herb Harton live music on Music Stage

Vendors Alley

Maritime Displays, Talks & Demonstrations

Duke Energy Maritime Pavilion

  • Model Boat Building demonstrations: Robert Tuttle
  • Net repair
  • Half Hull display and demonstration
  • Boat Building Camp display: Pictures of students and models
  • Display of tools, knot boards, canvas work
  • 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Ship-in-Bottle demonstrations: Jim Goodwin will demonstrate the art of building and inserting historic models in bottles.
  • 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm Marlinspike Rope demonstrations: Don Van Hoy will demonstrate the use of the marlinspike and knotting.
  • 11:30 am and 2:00 pm “Shrimping & Shrimp Boats”: April Potter at Potter’s Seafood

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:

  • NautiKids – building and sailing small wooden boats
  • Squishy Fish – fish prints

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 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 $5 each with children accompanied by adults,
Parrot Head Tours with Captain Tom Hetherington.

Afternoon tours:

Launch Times: 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
40 minute tours $12 each; age 13 & up,
with Captain Betsy Blee on the Encore.


2:00 pm Last call to cast ballot for “Best of Show” Boat Award

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Presentations on Music Stage by Mayor Jerry Dove

Raffle Prizes

Wooden Boat Awards