Activities

WOODEN BOAT BUILDING

Boat building demonstration by CFCC students under the direction of Mark Bayne. Learn more about the CFCC Wooden Boat Building Program.

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Duke Energy Maritime Pavilion

The Duke Energy Maritime Pavilion is the Education center of the SWBS, and annually expands its depiction of the Region’s Maritime and Boat Building History through displays and videos. The following are featured for this 9th Annual Boat Show:

Displays

  • Banners – “Early History of the SWBS” and “Wooden Boats in the Cape Fear during the 1800s”
  • Models of boats from the Cape Fear Region
  • Nautical paintings and sculpture by Robert Potter
  • Mariner’s Camp display with video
  • Photo display of “Building a Traditional Round-Stern Boat”

Video Theater

  • Videos – “Building a Traditional Round-Stern Boat” and “Robert Potter: A Southport Waterman”
  • Dean Dosher and Robert Potter will be on hand to discuss their work.

MARITIME TALKS BY THE WATER

Maritime Talks on Marlinspike, Knot tying, Shrimping, and Authors.


MODEL BOAT BUILDING

Robert Tuttle: Builder of Display, Wooden Boats/Ships to Scale builds beautiful replica models including NC Core Sounders and Spritsail Skiffs. He will demonstrate the art of model building and will have numerous models on display.


MODEL BOAT DISPLAY

Visitors will be able to see the model boat display and collection of books , paintings and photographs of boats from earlier days on the working waterfront. You might even be able to help identify some of the hulls or the boat builders.


HALF-HULL MODEL DISPLAY

Since 1790 it has been customary for shipwrights to fashion a half-model of a ship prior to construction. Handcrafted forms similar to these enabled the builder to study and perfect hull design before a complete set of plans were drawn. These models were not only functional but were often used to adorn the walls of ship yard offices.


LIVE MUSIC TO FILL THE AIR

Herb Harton

There is nothing like a walk amongst wooden boats, the taste of Shrimp & Grits or Seafood Chowder, a hot dog from the Boy Scouts, and live music to set the stage for a day full of fun and entertainment.

This year, Herb Harton will be providing the crowds with his special style of music, presented through his guitar and wide ranging, eclectic variety of songs, sure to please all ages, all day.

When you come to the Southport Wooden Boat show, be sure and stop by where Herb is playing and listen and enjoy the music from a true guitar artist and let some of his songs take you back in time!