Thousands expected at CFCC Boat Show

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Attendees of the Cape Fear Community College Boat Show on July 23, 2011 were able to tour the boat building classrooms and view a variety of boats in various stages of completion. 

Cape Fear Community College is moving its 14th annual Boat Show to April to provide a cooler atmosphere for guests.

The event, traditionally held in July, will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the CFCC Wilmington campus on Water Street between the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and the Coastline Convention Center.

The CFCC boat building program presents the show, with a wide variety of about 40 to 50 wooden and fiberglass boats expected this year.

Mark Bayne, CFCC lead wooden boat building instructor, said there would be several Simmons Sea Skiffs at the show, including the Simmons Sea Skiff Club members who gather at the show annually.

“It’s quite a big deal. There will be a lot of those boats, probably 15 to 20 Simmons Sea Skiffs here,” Bayne said. 

In addition to an awards banquet Saturday evening, there will also be 30- to 60-minute demonstrations throughout the day, including knot tying, old outboard motor and painting seminars.

“It’s like a car show,” Bayne said. “It’s a gathering of like-minded people.”

Children can build their own small vessels with kits provided by The Home Depot. Visitors can walk around, check out the boats and meet the owners and builders. 

Bayne said this show is more for fun, unlike a commercial boat show.

“Although there will be plenty of boats there for sale,” he said. “… That’s just a joke among boat owners that boats are always for sale. They always want to get another one.”

The show is planned for the same weekend as the 9th annual Rims on the River Car and Motorcycle Show, where CFCC students will be handing out fliers to attract people to the boat show.

“We’ve estimated that it’s typically around 3,500 [who] pass on through and that’s been in the past when it’s in July,” said Paul Winchell, CFCC boat manufacture and service instructor. “So in April, with nicer weather, we’re hoping to have a lot more, especially being in conjunction with Rims on the River.”

There are several boat owners who return to the show every year.

“There are a few other boats that we’re hoping to see again that we had last year,” Winchell said. “The one that’s actually on our flyer, that was a really nice draw to the show last year, a nice dual cockpit mahogany runabout. … It’s usually a lot of returns, and we usually get a few new ones each year.”

The money raised from boat registrations, about $2,000, goes toward a boat building scholarship.

Admission is free, and free parking is available in the CFCC parking deck on Nutt Street.


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