25th GWBS Retrospective Book


Take this opportunity to help publish the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show 25th Anniversary Retrospective!

This high quality, hardcover coffee table book will come out in October, just in time for the 25th Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

It will feature photos of all aspects of the show from all years, including the boats, the exhibits, the Challenge, Goat Island Regatta, and all the fun, plus articles, official records, posters and much more.

Your $100 sponsorship puts your name on the Sponsors’ Page of the book and you will receive a complimentary advance copy.  You will enjoy this book and all the memories for years to come!

Advance Copy Sponsor Form

2013 Exhibitor - Doug McQuilken's Project Boat

Read Doug McQuilken's post on WoodenBoat Mag's online blog:

"After relocating our catboat from Connecticut last year, we set a goal to get enough completed to make a respectable showing for a 'project boat' at the 2013 Georgetown Wooden Boat Show. We started by “manhandling” the boat from blocks and stands to the trailer. I forgot what a chore this was!

My wife pitched in, and plugged, epoxied, and varnished the topsides. This turned out to be the most attractive aspect of the boat. Here is Valiant ready to go."

See more at: A Lonely Southern Wooden Catboat

GWBS Wins State Tourism Award! Woo Hoo!

Hilton Head Island — The best of the best in hospitality, marketing and rural tourism were recognized at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel recently.

The Charles A. Bundy Award, an award that recognizes contributions to rural tourism in South Carolina, was given to the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

The show began in 1993 by a group of local business people who wanted to improve business in downtown Georgetown. For the past two decades, this event has continued to build its economic impact on the community.

Local hotels, for example, experienced a 50 percent increase in accommodations revenues during the boat show weekend, and restaurants along Front Street have seen a 45 percent spike in revenue.

The real impact, however, has gone far beyond business.

The festival has helped revitalize two historic buildings, and continues to play a pivotal role in the development of the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

In the wake of the devastating fire on Front Street last September, the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show became a rallying point for the community to move forward and overcome the challenges brought by the tragedy.

Read the South Strand News Article

The Bundy Award
The Bundy - lookin' good in a WBS sponsor hat.


Dudley Dix Yacht Design: Wrap-up Of the GWBS

A group of three Paper Jet sailing skiffs were on exhibit at this year's GWBS. Each of the skiffs were owner built.  The Paper Jet was designed by Dudley Dix.

"Last weekend we exhibited our Paper Jet on the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in South Carolina. This was our 2nd time at this show, having been there in 2009 and won a special award for our Paper Jet. This time she wasn't lonely and was in the company of two sisters from the area. The show was on Saturday 19th October, on the Georgetown waterfront."

Read More here: Dudley Dix Yacht Design


The Write Boat Blog - Scenes from the 24th GWBS

The Write Boat Blog:

"The 24th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show was the perfect event to pull the community together following the devastating September 25, 2013 waterfront fire. A record attendance provided a morale and economic boost to the business community and South Carolina Maritime Museum.  Beautiful boats.  Beautiful weather.  Smiling faces. A good time had by all.  And a most appreciative community."  Read more here: The Write Boat Blog, Monday, October 28, 2013 


US 17 Coastal Highway - Views from the 24th GWBS

US 17 Coastal Highway Blog: "I haven't been to the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in over ten years - but this year I was determined to go after a fire destroyed historic buildings along Front Street in Georgetown's historic district.  I arrived mid-morning - and was thrilled to see that the place was packed!  I also felt quite a bit of guilt, since I have a neglected wooden boat (21' sailboat) on a trailer in my backyard desperately in need of sanding, varnishing - and as we all know, sailing.  Boats like to be out on the water.   Boy, there were some beautiful (and much loved) boats there." Read More Here: Views from the 24th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Neuse River Sailors - GWBS 2013

"Vagñona", a 23 foot Joel White centerboard sloop built of Atlantic white cedar and a variety of other woods. She carries 950 pounds of ballast in her keel, plus another 120 pounds in her 5 foot 1 inch centerboard. Auxiliary power is provided by a 24 volt electric motor that will push the boat at half speed for six hours. This beautifully crafted vessel was the first project of John McFadden of Mount Pleasant, SC. Vagñona is a slang Italian term for girlfriend, and I'd consider myself very fortunate to have a girlfriend this pretty.

Out on the boardwalk, I immediately recognized the brigantine "Fritha", which wintered over in Beaufort last year. I stood around and watched as the crew blancoed the deck and house, and chatted with another spectator about the Hornblower and Aubrey books, the Johnsons and their voyages on various Yankees, at least one of which was a brigantine much like "Fritha", and other matters nautical."

Read more here: Neuse River Sailors, Sailing the Neuse, the Pamlicos and Beyond 



Come rain or shine we're having a boat show!

People are calling and asking if we're still going to have THE SHOW if it rains. Whaaaaaaat! Boaters are not afraid of water!

Lot's of boats are already set up on the water and Front Street is going to be jammed with boats and other exhibitors. Front Street is buzzing with activity.

Ruby's Return - an amazing story

"I was standing on the rear deck of a friend of mine’s boat at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown, SC in October 2010, talking to this guy named Ken that owned the Owens docked just behind us, when we saw an Elco coming up the Sampit River. I made comment that I’d like to see an Elco, to which he replied, “My father has an Elco” I asked what kind and he told me a 1930 27 ft Marinette. I said to him that it sounds like one that I used to own. I asked him where his father got it from and he replied, “Well from me kind of indirectly” After talking for a while it was determined that the boat his father owned was indeed the same one that I had owned back in the mid '70s that somehow went on a voyage of her own. I told Ken that I’d like to see the boat at some point but never was able to make it happen."  Read more here: Ruby's Return, WoodenBoat Magazine online