Welcome to the 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show!

Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations, and activities for children.

The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” for May 2018.  This is the fourth year in a row the museum has received the prestigious honor.

Throughout the show, please feel free to tag your photos with #BeaufortBoatShow.

Save the Date – 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule Of Events

The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show’s schedule of events will be packed full of exciting things to do. Set sail in a traditional wooden boat, discover the hidden secret behind ships-in-a-bottle, or practice your boating skills in the Virtual Trainer. Don’t forget to stop by our vendors and of course visit all of our wooden boat exhibits. Wooden boat owners come from all over to be a part of the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show!  The schedule of events for 2018 is coming soon.

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Beaufort National BoatBuilding Challenge

If you think traditional boat building has its challenges, you don’t have to look any further than the 11th Annual Beaufort National BoatBuilding Challenge. It’s an afternoon of fun and competition as the event showcases the art, skill and speed of traditional boat builders.

Beaufort Cardboard Boatbuilding Challenge

Cardboard and duct tape, that’s it. Three hours later a cardboard boat that will go into Taylor’s Creek for a rowing race. Some make it, others will wish they had used more duct tape!!

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The History of the Annual Wooden Boat Show

It was 1975 and Mr. Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford were conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats when they decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful… wooden boats. Though McNeill had the ideal setting for such an event, the surrounding buildings and streets were not quite conducive to such a display, downtown Beaufort was still undergoing its transformation from a working waterfront to a quaint little tourist town.

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Register Your Boat

Registration for the 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show starts January 1, 2018.  Join us for the Annual Wooden Boat Show, the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society. The organization selected the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Annual Wooden Boat Show as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” for May 2018. This was the fourth year in a row the museum has received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show.