Fire won’t stop annual wooden boat show in Georgetown
Posted 10/3/2013 9:56:00 AM
I must make a confession. I would love to own a wooden boat. Kayak, canoe, sailboat, anything made out of beautiful stained wood, polyurethaned to a high gloss. (Excuse me while I wipe away a bit of drool.) But, alas, I have yet to make the investment.
This year, I will be joining hundreds of other would-be wooden-boat owners and thousands of real boat owners and builders at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
, which is always held on the third Saturday in October.
This year’s event will be more somber than usual after a recent fire on Georgetown’s
historic Front Street. But organizers say it will go on as planned.
The 2013 show will feature more than 130 classic wooden boats displayed on land and sea and a wooden boatbuilding competition (I will be paying special attention here, maybe I could build my dream boat). The builders have four hours to complete their rowing skiffs and will test their seaworthiness in the Sampit River.
There also will be model boatbuilding (this might actually fit my budget a little better) for the kids as well as knot-tying exhibitions, maritime art and crafts, food and music.
The show begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 and is free.
The Wooden Boat Show is the largest fundraiser for the South Carolina Maritime Museum’s
(843) 520-0111, 729 Front St. The museum was damaged in the fire, but is still there.