Nancy took a ton of pictures of the show. Live bands were performing and food tents were set up everywhere so you could eat and drink while viewing the boats. We even bought Nancy a long-sleeved T-shirt with the wooden boat show emblazoned on the back. We spent a couple of hours admiring the craftsmanship of the boats and strolling along the waterfront.
The smaller boats were on trailers along both sides of Front Street.
If you were interested in restoring an old wooden boat,
While I wasn’t interested in restoring an old motorboat,
this Strip-Built Sea Kayak sure caught my attention!!
What a BEAUTIFUL kayak!!
(Be sure to click on any photo to enlarge!)
This booth demonstrated knot tying.
Look at the finish on this early cabin cruiser.
Many of the boats look like they have never been in the water.
However, the owners assured us they are used regularly and
just ‘shined’ up for the show!!
One of the highlights of the show is the
wooden ship building competition. Each team is given
the same plans and materials.
They have 5 hours to build an actual floatable wooden boat.
After they build the boats they have to launch them in the harbor
to make sure they are seaworthy.
The huge tent was so crowded we didn’t go in,
but watched from the sidelines.
The judging was at 5 pm, so we would not be around to see who wins.
The winner gets a spot in the
2012 National Wooden Ship Building Competition.
Next was Nancy’s favorite. A Canoe with pontoons!!
I know there are nautical terms for front and back,
but you know what I mean ;o))
You could rock that young sailor in this
Baby Cradle Boat!
(Be sure to click any photo to enlarge!!)
I know I have never seen a steam powered wooden boat before!!
I got a chance to talk with the builder of this Strip-Built Kayak.
This one wasn’t quite finished.
This fellow built one for his wife and now
was building this one for himself.
Apparently, he could not keep up with his wife’s kayak ;o))
We have probably seen more than 100 boats already and
we haven’t seen the big ones yet ;o))
So, off to the Harborwalk!!
This was the first boat we saw in the water.
A real simple wood boat.
However, we had seen this boat before.
We followed it as it was towed down
the highway to Georgetown ;o)
Next a beautiful wooden sailboat!!
A couple of older sailboats.
The Harborwalk is a beautiful area.
There are condos and restaurants lining the walkway.
The harbor was jammed full of boats.
Not all the boats in the harbor were wooden.
(Be sure to click any photo to enlarge!)
The Shrimp Boats that usually occupy this harbor had been
moved out of the way to make room for the show.
Well, we saw most of the boats and now the
crowds were getting very heavy.
That is an immediate signal for us to be moving on ;o))
We were so impressed with the workmanship
that goes in to building or restoring these beautiful boats.
It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
We will be back next year if we are in the area!!