2022 Exhibit Award Winners

Winner – Michael Flynn, Charleston, SC Owner Designed and Built #701 FLY BOYS, Mahogany Runabout

Winner – John Martin, Cottageville, SC Exhibit #5 named Penelope. The owner is a longtime supporter of the boat show. The boat is impeccably detailed in every way.

Winner -Anneley Thorstad, Georgetown, SC Exhibit #101 named Bizaan.
Boat was restored using factory spare parts that it came with when originally delivered in 1941. All other replaced parts match the originals.

Judges Award – Gregory Moore, Murphy ,NC Exhibit #108 named Rushton Princess.
Complete and thorough restoration. The owner has paid close attention to detail, especially with the boat’s hardware.

Judges Award – John Warren, Mt. Pleasant, SC Exhibit #110 named Annie Jane.
The boat was built during the COVID pandemic. It was made in part from rare and beautiful Tiger Maple.

Winner – Matthew Gunning, Summerville, SC #204 Stand Up Fishing Kayak named Spartina.
Fish silhouette inlay in the boat. Graphite bottom from paddle board design for stability when poling.

Winner – Scott Visbaras, Georgetown, SC #305 named Alaia surfboard.
Old school surfboard with no fins. Made from recycled mahogany salvaged from the Sampit River in downtown Georgetown.

Winner – Chris Elliott, Edenton, NC #408 named Legacy. Designed and built by a father and son. The boat is still sailed weekly. When the owner wants to feel closest to his deceased father, he raises the sails.

Judges Award – Ken Ford, St. Augustine, FL #402 named Roxanne. The owner designed and patented the “birdwind” mast design and built the boat.

Judges Award – Robert Ortega, Wilmington, NC #406 named In Theory. Just finished this year. Constructed from Sapele, Cypress, Douglas Fir, and Meranti plywood. Beautiful and a rare blend of woods.

Winner – Marcy Jean Brenner, Charleston, SC #453 named Trade Wind. The owner lives on and off the boat in Charleston. The boat travels extensively and is a true labor of love for its owner.

Judges Award – Carson Benton, Myrtle Beach, SC #452
Designed from pre-1900 plans. The current owner has had it for more than 50 years. It has been exhibited in many wooden and sailboat shows over the years and won numerous awards.

Winner – Robert Fields, Johns Island, SC SC #513 named Marshhen. The owner uses the boat often. It was built during the COVID pandemic as a Chesapeake peeler skiff.

Judges Award – Stephen Truluck, Georgetown, SC #508 named Potluck. The boat’s bottom is canvas cloth. Its interior wooden stringers are exposed giving it a classic look. Old outboard motor still runs.

Winner – Robert Cristina, Little River, SC #552 Boat has all original upholstery, curtains, etc. that are more than 60 years old and in incredible condition.

Judges Award – Bryan Hornsby, Lugoff, SC #557 named Woodpecker. The boat sat from 1957-2014. The current owner stripped all of the fiberglass off of the boat to make it a true wooden boat prior to restoration.

Winner – John Worcester, Beaufort, NC #605 named Scorpio. During the COVID pandemic the owner called the NC Watercraft Center and inquired about building a boat. He bought the design from New Zealand and lead a class of students during the build.

Judges Award – Ken Hewett, Supply, NC #604 named Folly Girl. This boat was incredibly built from scratch without any plans. The owner made it up during the build and did a great job.

Winner – Spencer Hurteau, Charleston, SC #659 named Old Poot. Owner’s grandfather bought the boat more than 60 years ago. It has been restored twice. It was most recently restored when the owner told his grandfather that he was engaged, and his grandfather told him the boat needed to be restored so they could leave the wedding in the boat. The grandfather died during the restoration. The owner and his wife left their wedding reception in the boat.

Judges Award – Bob Graham, Summerville, SC #651 named Sylvia II. Built in 1933. Its history includes commercial fishing, Navy supply, sunk once, and used as a teaching vessel. Documented as the oldest surviving wooden fishing boat in North Carolina

Judges Award – Harry Tiller, Georgetown, SC #661 named Cost +. Boat has been a labor of love for its owner for many years. It has exhibited in the Boat Show numerous times. The boat has many stories to tell.

Winner – John Martin, Cottageville, SC #708 Flats Skiff named Paramour. Very detailed design prior to construction. The boat is made to fish.

Judges Award – Tommy Graham, McClellanville, SC #705 Houseboat named Alert The boat is a tribute to its owner’s father. It is named after the owner’s father’s freight boat from McClellanville.

Judges Award – Henry Culberson, Pawleys Island, SC #706 row and solar powered boat named Greta T. Designed and built by a local boater. The attention to detail and design is remarkable.

Winner – Captain Robert Cobb, McClellanville, SC #751 named Miss Ivy. This is a rare >100yr old boat. It was built in 1917 by Old Town canoes.

Winner – Margaret Grant, Rock Hill, SC #803 named Conrack. Carolina oyster pole skiff. Named after the movie based on the Pat Conroy book “The Water is Wide”.

Winner – Chris Elliott, Edenton, NC #851 Rocking Boat named Annie B.
Boat was made for the owner’s young granddaughter. It features a rope “sippy” cup holder and special “cubby” for stuffed animals and toys.