Georgetown (SC) Wooden Boat Show 2017

The 2017 Georgetown Wooden Boat Show this past weekend marked 24 years of showcasing beautiful wooden boats and one of South Carolina’s prettiest seaport towns.

This was our first year to cruise to the show, but it certainly won’t be our last!  Dock space is always tight during the show weekend, and we planned to drive to the event, until 5:04PM last Thursday when we got the call from Harborwalk Marina, telling us a slip had just become available.  At 1PM on Friday, we cast off the lines and set out on our fastest time ever to Georgetown.

Bear in mind that “fastest” is a relative term when talking about a single screw trawler like “Slow Dance,” but it was fast for us.  Heck, we even saw 17.2 knots a few of times when wind and tide cooperated.

Since you can click the above link and learn more about the show, I’m just sharing some photography on this post.  I would recommend the show to anyone with an appreciation for boats, wooden boats, good food, new friends, and good times in a quaint, seaport town.


Scenes From the 24th Annual Georgetown (SC) Wooden Boat Show

The 24th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show was the perfect event to pull the community together following the devastating September 25, 2013 waterfront fire. A record attendance provided a morale and economic boost to the business community and South Carolina Maritime Museum.  Beautiful boats.  Beautiful weather.  Smiling faces. A good time had by all.  And a most appreciative community.

One of the beautifully restored wooden cruisers in the water.

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show 2

Three “Boatyard Dogs” in a town fountain.

3 Dogs in a Fountain

The boat building contest always draws a crowd.  Hoperfully, the winning boat will be on display at next year’s show.

Boat building contest

Maine boatbuilders were represented by a beautifully restored mahogany, 1958 Bristol Fisherman, owned by Douglas Wright, of Charleston, SC.

Bristol built in Maine

Imagine.  14′ 6″ of wooden boat with a 6′ 2″ beam. Add a 90HP Mercury motor.  And you get 60+ MPH.  The “Spitfire,” designed and built by Matthew Gunning, of Gunning Wooden Boats, gives a new meaning to “adrenalin rush.”

Spitfire

And what boat show would be complete without TowBoatUS being represented.

TowBoatUS in Georgetown

The Georgetown, SC Wooden Boat Show is always held the third Saturday of October.  Plan to attend the 25th Annual Show, October 18, 2014.