CFCC student boat builders to show off annual projects

July 17th, 2015 by admin

CFCC boat

With the summer boating season in full swing, the areas waterways are full of all types of watercraft. But just how much work goes into getting those boats made in the first place?

If it was built in the Cape Fear Community College boat building programs, it all starts with a set of plans, a stack of wood and lots of determination. If all goes well, by the end of the year the finished product ends up cruising on the Cape Fear River.

Next week, students and faculty from CFCC’s boat building programs invite the public to watch all of this year’s finished projects in action and meet the student builders.

On Wed., July 22 at 11 a.m., the college will host an exhibition of the student-built boats, where they public can get a first-hand look at the projects before they go up for auction later this month on the state surplus auction website. The boats were built from scratch starting last year and were made out of both wood and fiberglass. The smallest boat is a 13-foot wooden sailboat and the largest is a 17-foot outboard-powered skiff.

Proceeds from the sale of the boats will help fund construction of next year’s work.

Available boats include:

15′ Christmas Wherry (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

15′ Cortez Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Barto Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Peapod (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

N.C. 17 skiff (outboard)

All-fiberglass 15′ Garvey skiff (outboard)

The event will be held behind the CFCC Boat Shop on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. For more details, call 362-7151 or email