26th Annual Wooden Boat Show Announced

26th Annual Wooden Boat Show, Georgetown, SC
October 17 and 18, 2015
Contact: Sally Swineford 843-340-3879
Email: boats@dev.woodenboatshow.com

26th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is set for October 17 and 18

The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown will present the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015. This year’s show, which has no admission fee, will feature one of the nation’s best wooden boat exhibits, two wooden boatbuilding competitions, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art & crafts, food and music. These events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic downtown Georgetown. Proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum.


Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., more than 140 classic wooden boats will be displayed in the water and along Front Street. Vessels ranging in sizes from kayaks to cruising yachts will be exhibited in categories including: row, canoe, kayak, surfboard, sail, inboard power, outboard power, owner designed and built, century class (100 years or older), model boats and “classic” categories for boats that are aged 50 years or older. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art & crafts will also be on display.

The Wooden Boat Challenge will begin at noon under the big tent on Broad Street. Two-person teams will race to build a rowing skiff within a four-hour time limit. At 5 p.m. the competitors will test their completed skiffs for seaworthiness in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. The teams will be scored on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing speed. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

At 7 p.m. an awards ceremony and banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, boatbuilding competitors, sponsors and guests. Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the exhibit categories as well as the People’s Choice Grand Award winner, to the Six Knot Challenge winner, and to the winning Wooden Boat Challenge competitors.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In addition to the boat and commercial exhibits, family activities will include an Opti Pram regatta featuring the SC Youth Sailing program’s fleet of wooden Optis, knot tying with Dan the Knot Man and kid’s model boat building. 

Other activities will be announced closer to the event.

The Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, produces the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show. For more information, to register a boat for exhibit or to sponsor this event contact Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, PO Box 2228, Georgetown, SC, 29442; or send an email to boats@dev.woodenboatshow.com. Visit the website at www.dev.woodenboatshow.com.


About the Georgetown Wood Boat Show:
The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show was the winner of the 2014 Charles A. Bundy Award presented by SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the Governors Conference on Travel and Tourism. The Bundy Award recognizes contributions to rural tourism in South Carolina. In 2013, ’14 and ’15 the boat show received the prestigious designation as a Top 20 Event for October by the Southeast Tourism Society.