May 6, 2017 The Wooden Boat Show of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort was the first and is the largest gathering of wooden watercraft in the Southeast. Thousands of visitors are expected for this 43rd-year show. Children will be able to “Make & Take a Boat” and learn about traditional tools. This fascinating event takes place the first Saturday in May and admission is free. Traditional sailboat rides are available for a donation on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is not a commercial show. Instead, it is a full day of scheduled demonstrations, talks, and races that attract people who share an interest in the art, craftsmanship, and history of wooden boats. Enthusiasts race radio-controlled boats in the pool on the Maritime Museum patio, and the public is given an opportunity to sail in traditional North Carolina boats. The Museum also houses artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. There is ample free parking at the County Courthouse just two blocks from the Museum.
That same day is the Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge – an exciting, spectator-friendly test of speed and skill where as many as 20 teams build a boat and then row!