Carolina Maritime Model Boat Exposition

The North Carolina coast has a storied tradition of boat building. It’s as much art as it is craft, and each stage of the work — from design and lofting through sanding and painting — is done by hand.

It’s a meticulous labor of love. And it’s one carried on today by members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society but on a smaller scale.

Much smaller.

Members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society will showcase their respective works as part of the 46th Annual Wooden Boat Show. The Carolina Maritime Model Exposition will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 in the auditorium of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

William Prentice, a member of the club, expects about 45 works to be on display at the exhibition — a popular draw during the show.

“I think people just like to see the intricacy of modeling,” he said, noting the work that goes into taking a 155-foot boat and turning it into a 15-inch model. “People just seem to be fascinated by that.”

The models on display are also up for judging for selection as the “Spectators’ Choice” award, which goes to the most popular model as voted on by visitors.

Prentice said members of the Carolina Maritime Model Society enjoy the show as well since they can get their work seen and potentially generate interest in model making. Those interested in learning more can stop by the John S. MacCormack Ship Model Shop at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, visit or attend one of the society’s meetings. The meetings, which are open to the public, are held in the auditorium of the maritime museum. The next meeting is scheduled for June 1 at 2 p.m.

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