Oriental Boat Show Guide


When It's All Happening

Hours. Seminars.

Days & Hours

• Fri April 21, noon to 6p
• Sat April 22, 10a to 6p
• Sun April 23, 10a to 3p (Flea Market opens 11:00a)

Don't Miss...

Traditional Harkers Island boatbuilder Heber Guthrie builds a boat from scratch to completion at the show. This year it's a power skiff, an ideal vessel for local creeks or a run on the river. You could win it - raffle tickets just $10.

Walk. Talk. Visit.

Don't be shy. Over 100 vendors bring boats and boat (and outdoor) gear to the show. It's Oriental - these folks like to talk about their stuff. Ask questions and learn more.


All Seminars in the inside area of O'Town Restaurant (the restaurant operates on the outdoor deck). Seminars are free with admission.

Friday 3:00p: Daniel Kennedy, NC Wildlife Officer. Kennedy discusses NC Maritime laws, plus answers your Qs about boating in NC waters.
Friday 4:00p: Zoey & Mark, Offshore Rafting. It's all about inflatable dinghy / boat repair and maintenance. Inflatable boats usually can be repaired and given a much longer life. Zoey & Mark show how.

Saturday 11:00a: Darrell Foster, Foster Mobile Marine. Diesel maintenance. Keeping you boats diesel running, what you can do, and what you may want a mechanic to do.
Saturday 12 noon: Peter Waterson, Seacoast Marine Electronics. Learn the latest in marine communications gear. Includes VHF, SSB, AIS, EPIRB & Satellite phones.
Saturday 12 noon - 4:00p: US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will has a 45 ft boat at the docks. You can take a tour.
Saturday 1:00p: Joe Mattea, Oriental Dinghy Club. All about raceQs. raceQs is a smartphone APP. It uses the GPS, motion detection and logging built into your phone to capture actual race information. After the race, you can actually watch your race online. Joe shows how its done.
Saturday 2:00p - 3:30p: Tanya Binford, Author. Award winning author of "Crossing The Wake" - the solo of a solo circumnavigation of the 5,000 Great Loop on a 35 ft boat.
Saturday 3:30p: Ross Pease, Worldwide Marine Training. Ross is a Marlinspike expert, and will show the boating knots you need to know. How to tie them, what they are used for. It is hands on, you'll be tying some knots too.

Sunday 12:30p: John Rahm, USCG Auxiliary. Man overboard! The captain just fell overboard, or is incapacitated. Now, YOU are the captain. What to do? This seminar tackles handling an emergency at sea.

Boat Show Overview.

See where it's all happening.

In-Water Boats

Wander the docks. In-water sail & power vessels are on display. You can take a tour inside & on deck. Some brokers may ask you to remove shoes.

On Land

On land... most everything. Trailerable boats, and vendors with boating & outdoor gear. The Nautical Flea Market is near the south entrance gate.

Cool Stuff
Boat Show Stuff Ya Gotta See...

Tanya Binford made a solo circumnavigation of the 5,000 Great Loop on a 25 ft boat. Her award winning book "Crossing The Wake" tells the story. Hear Tanya speak at a Saturday 2pm seminar.

Tanya Binford

Traditional boatbuilder Heber Guthrie builds a boat from start to finish during the 3 day show. Buy a raffle ticket and you could take it home.

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World renowned Naval Architect Graham Byrnes designs everything from dinghies to cruising sailboats and power sport fishing vessels. And he is based here in Pamlico County. At the show Graham is showing how a small boat is built.

Graham Byrnes, B&B Yachts

Budson Woodcraft builds electric boats in Marshallburg on the Core Sound. You can go for a boat ride at the show in a Budson 15’ Lightning Bug electric launch.

Budsin Woodcraft, Marshallburg

The DoughDish crew drove all the way from Cape Cod to show off their handmade Doughdish Hershoff 12.5 Replica. It will be doing some sailing during the show.

DoughDish LLC