CFCC Invites Amateur and Professional Boat Builders to Enter Annual Boat Show

Every July, dozens of boats from all over the region pour into downtown Wilmington for the annual Cape Fear Community College Boat Show.
This year marks the 11th annual CFCC Boat Show on July 24, 2010. Presented by the CFCC’s two boat building programs, the show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building. Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every year.New this year, organizers are opening up the show to professional boat dealers and boat building material suppliers from around the region to create a more comprehensive exhibit and provide information about modern boat building techniques along with traditional wooden boat building methods.

According to Ed Verge, CFCC’s lead boat building instructor, the event has gotten bigger each year and with the addition of professional boat builders, he hopes to attract even more visitors.

“The show is all about craftmanship. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to build a boat, whether you are making a small kayak by yourself or building a 55-foot yacht as part of a team,” Verge said.

In the past, the event featured dozens of wooden boats of all shapes and sizes. Displays included hand-made kayaks, sailboats, powerboats, rowing skiffs, and boats from the Simmons Sea Skiff Club. The entry fee for amateur boats is $50 and $100 for commercially-made boats. All entrants will receive a t-shirt and dinner after the show.

Students in CFCC’s two boat building programs will exhibit their own work in wooden and fiberglass boat building. CFCC’s boat building shops will be open for self-guided tours.

The boat show also features the “CFCC Build-A-Boat” event, where members of the general public can sign up to build a small wooden row boat from a pre-built kit with help from a CFCC student advisor.  The cost of building a boat is $450 per team. All teams get to keep the boat they build and proceeds benefit student scholarships.

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