Ahh yes. It’s finally almost here. The annual Wooden Boat Show is October 14-16 in Georgetown. The only thing better is an auto show, but hey, we’re a car dealership, so, you know. Wooden boats, however, speak to our appreciation of history. They’re classic. They’re beautiful. What’s not to love?
Wooden Boat History
Did you know we can trace the use of wooden boats back to 2500 B.C. when ancient Egyptians began building them and using them on the ocean? There have been quite a few advances made in maritime transportation over the millennia, but the wooden boat has remained a mainstay because, you know, wood floats. It also rots, though. So that’s a problem. That’s why, around the middle of the twentieth century – as the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show folks will tell you – the future of wooden boats was in jeopardy. Fiberglass began to supplant wood as the material of choice. It was stronger than wood and easy to mold. In recent years, however, wooden boat enthusiasts have been able to find the materials they need to safeguard wooden boat long-term. And we all get to enjoy the fruits of their passion later this month.
Dan “the Knot Man”
The wooden boats may be the main attraction, but Dan “the Knot Man” nearly steals the show every year. He mesmerizes us all with his knot-tying skills. And if you can beat him in the Six Knot Challenge then, well, you can’t beat him in the Six Knot Challenge. Dan’s a member of the Spirit Knot Tyers and former president of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
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Schedule of the Weekend
Besides knot tying, there’s plenty to do at the boat show, starting with the Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta on Friday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, all the fun starts at 11 a.m. There’s the Wooden Boat Exhibit, Wooden Boat Challenge, poster signing, kid’s model boatbuilding, educational exhibits, arts, crafts, and food. Don’t forget to check out Sunday’s Opti Pram Regatta and Corrugated Boat Regatta, followed by the Regatta at 2:30.
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