Educational Exhibits & Activities

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Children’s BoatBuilding

Children can build and embellish a wooden boat model and then test sail it in a pond on Front Street. Two model kits are available at $15 each: a paddleboat and a sailboat. The kits are made and assembled by Wooden Boat Show volunteers and proceeds from sales benefit the SC Maritime Museum.

Cape Fear Community College

Wooden Boat Building Program

The CFCC Boat Building program prepares inpiduals for employment in the boat manufacturing and repair industry. Today’s boat builders are skilled craftspeople who can create complex shapes out of a wide variety of materials.

Graduates may find employment with yacht manufacturers or with other companies needing wood furniture or moldings fabricated and installed. Other employment opportunities can be found in the fiberglass industry and in boat maintenance and repair yards.

Two boats were completed in the school year 2012-2013 – The Core Sound Sharpie and Carolina Spritsail Sharpie.  One of these will be on display at the Georgetown Boat Show!

Contact: Mark Bayne 910-362-7151


web: CFCC Boat Building School

Cape Fear

Pee Dee Land Trust

The mission of the Pee Dee Land Trust is to conserve and promote an appreciation of the natural, agricultural, and historical resources of the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.The Pee Dee Land Trust protects resources through voluntary conservation easement agreements, working with individual landowners to ensure protection of places important to all.Education and outreach includes outdoor excursions, the popular Sportsmen’s Series, and partnering with local governments, educational institutions, businesses, and other nonprofits to educate the public about the importance of conservation. Website: The Pee Dee Land Trust

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Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Meet Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Christine Ellis. It is her job to advocate for the ecological, social and economic health and integrity of the Waccamaw River watershed. These responsibilities include:

  • educating the public about the work of the Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program
  • recruiting, training and maintaining a  volunteer network to serve as the “eyes and ears” of their local communities
  • maintaining an on-the-river presence to investigate pollution sources, support monitoring efforts, provide education, and raise public awareness of river issues
  • Website: Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Dan the Knot Man & The Spirit Knot Tyers

Dan Machowski – we know him as Dan the Knot Man – will be on hand to demonstrate knot tying. Dan is a member of the Spirit Knot Tyers and former president of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.Children and adults can test their knot tying skills in the “Six Knot Challenge”, where the challenge is to tie six elementary knots against the clock. The world record is 8.1 seconds! At the end of the day the champion knot tyer will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

  • Alan Folsom’s knotting blog has animations of basic knots: CLICK HERE 

The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet

Try your hand at the oars with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet. Gig rows begin at noon and will continue until 4pm from the floating docks at Francis Marion Park. Each row takes about 45 minutes.The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet was founded in 1995 in Charleston SC to get inner city middle school children involved in boatbuilding and boating. The mentors built two Joe Dobler designed pilot gigs with the kids, and they row early mornings three days a week.The original Mosquito Fleet were the mid 19th century Gullah fishermen of the South Carolina  and Georgia Lowcountry, who rowed out upwind in the morning in small wooden boats and sailed back downwind in the evening; they arrived home at twilight along with swarms of Lowcountry mosquitoes and sold their catch in local markets.

Sea Scout Ship 510 (USS Yorktown CV10 ASSOC)

Sea Scouts are a maritime themed program of the Boy Scouts of America. SHIP 510 is a coed unit for ages 14-20 in the greater Charleston area. SHIP 510 is chartered by USS Yorktown CV10 Association and meets aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.The Sea Scouts will be exhibiting the SSTV Irish Rose, a CK17 that was built by Mr. Fred Neustadt and named for his Irish Rose, Elizabeth. Mrs. Neustadt donated the vessel and trailer to the Sea Scouts through the generous support of Mr. John Sayre of Sayre Sailing in Mt. Pleasant.

The South Carolina Youth Sailing Program (SCYSP)

The SC Youth Sailing Program – a project of the South Carolina Maritime Museum – is underway.The first training boat, an Optimist Pram named Coastal Fleyer, has been sponsored by Dr. Rick DeChamplain of Coastal Eye Group and constructed by SCYSP committee members Ken Skerman and Bill Hartis.

Coastal Fleyer will be on display at the Wooden Boat Show. Volunteers will be on hand to provide information about the program. Those interested in the program will have the opportunity to sponsor the building of additional boats and be recognized on the hull and young people can sign up for next year’s training.For more information about the SC Youth Sailing Program contact Susan Sanders at 843-520-0111 or email You can visit the SC Maritime Museum at 729 Front Street or mail PO Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Flotilla 1210

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary wil present boat and water related safety information and literature.The Coast Guard will introduce it’s newest member, Coastie the Safety Boat. Shaped like a real Coast Guard Cutter, Coastie is just the right size for teaching children. He has navigation and searchlights, a rotating beacon, a siren, an air horn, and eyes and eyelids that move meaningfully. He talks, plays music, and interacts with the instructor and the children during the presentation. He even has a bilge pump that pumps water like a real boat; that always brings smiles and laughter to all when used.Coastie teaches rules about what to do and not do in a water emergency situation. For instance, Coastie teaches children how to throw or reach something to a person who is in trouble in the water rather than going in to try to save him. He also teaches slogans that kids remember like “Don’t Just Pack It! Wear Your Life Jacket!” and “Always Swim With A Buddy In A Supervised Area.”

Sea Tow Boating Safety Challenge  11 am – 2 pm

Sea Tow will demonstrate the importance of boating safety with the ‘Sea Tow Boating Safety Challenge’, an interactive series of activities that educates children and adults. Children will have the opportunity to win a life vest.