Carolina Maritime Model Boat Exposition

One of the main attractions at the Annual Wooden Boat Show is the many traditional wooden boats. But, there’s another show that takes place on a smaller scale and it’s always a big draw for boat enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. It’s the Carolina Maritime Model Exposition with model boats ranging in average from 25” to 40”. The event takes place at the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The number of model boats on exhibit will range from thirty to close to sixty models. Often some members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society bring in as many as eight to ten models each.

“These handcrafted vessels are indeed a labor of love, sometimes taking 12 to 14 months to complete,” according to Grant Caraway, Manager of the Museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.

Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to vote for “Spectator’s Choice” award. The award goes to the “most popular” model at the show and is voted on solely by those visitors. The exposition is held in the auditorium of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

For those interested in learning more about the model boatbuilding, you can watch members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society meticulously and methodically build small wooden boats at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. It’s a unique opportunity to witness a craft as old as shipbuilding itself taking shape – the construction of wooden model boats.

The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show has 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 is the fourth year in a row the museum has received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show. It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. For more information about the museum, visit