The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is held every year in the fall and features one of our country’s largest wooden boat exhibits. The show also features a wooden boat building competition, maritime crafts, food, and music. The event is held along the beautiful Georgetown waterfront and historic Front Street. All proceeds from the boat show are put towards the construction of the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown.
Photographer Sally Swineford says that “the crowd is gathering to watch the rowing race segment of the Wooden Boat Challenge, a boat building competition where teams of two build a boat in under four hours and then race their boats across the Sampit River to test for seaworthiness.”
Reflections on the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
Paula Canine of nearby Pawleys Island says: “People bring in beautiful old wooden boats from canoes to cruisers and modern hand-made wooden boats that are works of art from up and down the coast – from Connecticut to Florida. There is a wooden dinghy-making contest during which two-people teams have four hours to follow a plan, build a boat, and then row it in the Sampit River, with prizes awarded for speed and workmanship. There are also crafters, lots of great restaurants, music, and fun as well as junior activities for children, too! It is always in October.”