The Annual Wooden Boat Show & Boatbuilding Challenge in Beaufort This Weekend


This Saturday, May 4 is a big day in Beaufort. From 10a.m. to 4:30p.m. on the Beaufort Waterfront, this free Wooden Boat Show in Beaufortevent is a local favorite and draws quite a crowd of boat enthusiasts and spectators alike. The Crystal Coast celebrates the art of North Carolina boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing with the North Carolina Maritime Museum's 39th Annual Wooden Boat Show and the 6th Annual Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge.

North Carolina Maritime Museum's 39th Annual Wooden Boat Show
Visitors enjoy free exhibits of handcrafted wooden boats, maritime games and crafts for the kids, make-your-own model boats, radio-controlled model boat sailing for families, and so much more! In addition, there are traditional skills demonstrations, displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races and sailboat rides.

On Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, free boat rides are offered from 1-4p.m. outside the Watercraft Center in Beaufort. A $5 per person donation is suggested, but not required, and benefits the local sailing program. The opening event for the Wooden Boat Show is a reception on Friday, May 3 from 5:30-7p.m.

6th Annual Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge
The boatbuilding cBoatbuilding in Beauforthallenge begins at the starting whistle with 18 two-person teams competing to build a 12-foot Carolina Bateau rowing skiff in under four hours. Competing teams must combine speed, craftsmanship and seaworthiness to win.

The rowing race draws a crowd as participants demonstrate their rowing ability in their newly crafted vessels. Be prepared to see their swimming ability, too! The top three teams receive cash prizes and qualify for the national championship.

Where to Stay on the Crystal Coast
The Crystal Coast offers so many great opportunities to experience maritime culture, events and history throughout its towns. One of the best benefits of a Crystal Coast vacation is the ability to stayBeaufort Wooden Boat Show and Boatbuilding Challenge on the beach while being close and convenient to many local waterfront towns. There are so many day trips to be had and things to be explored. Make the most of your time here!

Have you made your Crystal Coast vacation plans yet? If not, we hope you do soon. If you're planning on being at the Wooden Boat Show and Boatbuilding Challenge this weekend in Beaufort, drop us a line in our comment section. We hope to see you there!

*Photos courtesy of the Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge.