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. New content is added each year, expanding its depiction of the Region’s Maritime and Boat Building History through displays, banners and videos. The following are featured for this 10th Annual Boat Show:


  • NEW FOR 2019
    • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer!
    • “Early Menhaden Fishing Industry in Southport” banner
  • Banners
    • “Early History of the SWBS”;
    • “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”
  • Boat Building Camp display: Pictures of students and models Display of tools, knot boards, canvas work
  • The Old Marlinspike – Don Van Hoy
  • Half Hull display and demonstration – Fred Truelove

Video Theater

  • Videos
    • “Building a Traditional Round-Stern Boat”;
    • “Robert Potter: A Southport Waterman”;
    • “Early Menhaden Fishing Industry in Southport”.
  • Dean Dosher (on his boat Ramona at the In-Water venue) and Robert Potter will be on hand to discuss their work.

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

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

NC Maritime Museum, Southport:

  • Nauti Kids boat building
  • Squishy Fish
  • Rope making
  • 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


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


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.


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 shipyard offices.


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.