2024 Show Schedule

FREE Rod & Reel Combo for Participants
Saturday: Noon & 2pm
Sunday: Noon & 2pm
Located in the Ballroom

Captain Don Dingman, host of the TV Show “Hook the Future” and long-time Captain, leads educational and entertaining fishing clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. Don has a passion for teaching thousands of families annually how to succeed in fishing, while spending quality time in the outdoors with people you love.

At the end of each clinic, kids will have an opportunity for questions and answers followed by a kids-only free raffle with dozens of great prizes. Kids (clinic participants only) will go home with a FREE Hook the Future/ Carolina Skiff custom rod & reel combo.

Stay tuned for 2024 updates! 

Show Features

CFCC Wooden Boat Building Program

The Wooden Boat Building program is a legacy vocational program that was started in the late 1970’s and is currently led by Walter Atkins. This one year program takes students from the process of lofting to the launching of several purpose built small boats. Students are taught the proper use of hand and power tools in addition to planking and joinery work. Several student built boats will be on display (these boats will be for sale) with information available about the program.

CFCC Steam Bending Demonstrations
What is steam bending?
Steam bending is a centuries-old process by which steam is used to soften wooden planks so they can then be bent and shaped into the many various parts of a wooden boat. We will employ a traditional wooden steam box to deliver the heat  and moisture needed to shape the white oak wooden frames. After being on the steam for an hour the planks are pliable and ready to be set into place. The planks cool down quickly so it’s all hands-on deck to get them fitted into the boat. We are committed to keeping this tradition alive, while also carefully striking a balance between the romance of wooden boatbuilding and the skills needed to work in today’s modern boat building industry.

CFCC Boat Manufacture and Service program
Sunday, All Day

The Boat Manufacture and Service program trains students to work in production style fiberglass boat construction in addition to service shops and boat yards. This one year program teaches students the many intricacies of fiberglass boat construction and repair, in addition to boat electrical systems, plumbing and engine installation. The Boat Manufacture and service program is in the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) League of Schools.

CFCC Electrical Wiring Demonstration
“Don’t Let the Smoke Out”

A hands on demonstration of ABYC standards relating to overcurrent protection and why you shouldn’t upsize the fuse. This information is critical for any boat owner who is interested in doing any electrical work on their boat. Improperly sized fuses can cause damage to the boat or harm users.

Kids’ Wooden Boat Building

CFCC Creative Arts Club will host “Kids Wooden Boat Building” where kids will build and paint a toy wooden boat. Kids, come assemble your very own boat and give it a custom paint job!

Cape Fear Community College Create Arts
Kids’ Wooden Boat Building

Park at Battleship Park and ride the Wilmington Water Tours Ferry to the show. 

Must show your pre-purchased ticket to ride or purchase a Show ticket at the Water Ferry entrance. 

Musician Randy McQuay II

“He is a storyteller, Bluesman, and a master interpreter of modern American roots music. Randy McQuay II sings from the heart, plays guitar with abandon, and blows harmonica like he’s from another planet. He’s the 2015 Winner of The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, recipient of the prestigious Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award from The Blues Foundation, a Finalist performer at the 2017 IBC and the reigning Cape Fear Blues Challenge Solo Champion. Randy performs throughout the Carolinas and he’s a sought-after soloist, nationally known for his evocative takes on rhythm & blues, folk, rock & roll, funk, and roots music.”

-Lan Nichols President, Cape Fear Blues Society

Friday: 1pm-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm
Located Outside Convention Center

Yamaha Marine University

Cape Fear Community College, in partnership with Yamaha Marine, began offering Intro to Outboard Systems April 18, 2022. The 96-hour Intro to Outboard Systems course covers charging, ignition, gearcase, lubrication, trim, tilt, and cooling systems with the four-stroke theory of operation. Engines are current model Yamaha four-stroke outboards. Visit the Yamaha Marine University Trailer for a challenge to win a Yamaha hat/shirt.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Located By Yamaha Trailer

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