Wooden boats and Southport…it’s like the Cape Fear River Pilots guiding a freighter up river, commercial fisherman returning to the Old Yacht Basin with their Brunswick Catch, the Old Smithfield Burying Grounds, hosting NC State’s official 4th of July celebration, the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet careening the Revenge through the Cape Fear inlet, or all the local history on display in Southport’s NC Maritime Museum and Visitor’s Center. All are an integral part of Southport’s heritage and are celebrated each year at the Southport Wooden Boat Show.
The 8th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show (SWBS) was a huge success with an estimated attendance of over 10,000 people and new exhibits!
A new annual President’s Award was added in 2017 to recognize the special support of local volunteers or business people. The 2017 award was given to Ricky & Debbie Evans who’ve unselfishly supported the SWBS since its inception. Working with the City of Southport and the impacted neighbors, the SWBS is proud to say we secured for the day of the event a Handicap Parking area to assist those with disabilities to have easy access adjacent to the main downtown entry point on Moore Street, with a golf cart shuttle stop right there.
The Southport Wooden Boat Show’s purpose is to promote interest in and disseminate knowledge of the craft and art of wooden boat construction, to support efforts to preserve wooden boat construction and skills and to celebrate the region’s maritime and boatbuilding history. This is accomplished through the SWBS Event Committee and an exceptional volunteer workforce. The Southport Wooden Boat Show is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. No goods or services are rendered for contributions, and they are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.