2017 Show Schedule

The Wilmington Boat Show is an experience- not just an event. We have worked hard to create a first-class event filled with wonderful features, educational seminars, music, food and even a celebrity guest.


Hook the Future Kids’ Fishing Clinics

Presented by Captain Don Dingman

Captain Don will teach children how to catch anything a grown up can with the right tackle.  This interactive clinic will not only educate your children on safety, it will teach them the joy of fishing.

Every child who attends will receive a FREE rod and reel along with other great prizes from Capt. Don!

Saturday 11:30am and 2:30pm
Sunday 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Located at Battleship NC

Learn more about Captain Don and Hook the Future

“Fish Finding From Space” – Using satellite services to hunt fish

Presented by Captain Dave Tilley

“Fish Finding From Space” – Using satellite services to hunt fish

Captain Dave Tilley, Captain of the Wild Rover III is an offshore fisherman, computer geek, owner and operator of SaltwaterCentral.com.  “Offshore Fishing Tools”, “ReelCast”, “WaveCast” and “Bluewater Supermap”.  He has been fishing pretty much his entire life and this is where he finds his place in this world.Visit his website at www.saltwatercentral.com

Friday 3:30pm

Location – Meeting Room 102 inside Convention Center


"Angling Basics"

Presented by Bryan Rice

Balsax Fishing Line Pro Staff, BFL NC and Piedmont Regional Tournament Angler, competing since 1999, Instructor on Basic Bass Fishing, Product Spokesperson 

“Angling Basics” – Consider your line, type of line choices and applicatons 

Friday 12:30
Sunday 11:00am
Wilmington Convention Center Rooms 103/104


Captain Kevin Hennessey was chosen for the second time as outstanding sailing Instructor and outstanding sailing school by American Sailing Association, most recently 2015. He was one of 15 out of 2,500 instructors chosen. Kevin’s commitment to teaching sailing shows through the reviews that his students give him on his face book page for Cape Fear Sailing Academy. His dedication to getting people on the water has made his school one of the elite schools in the country. Come to a seminar to learn the sailing basics from the best.

Captain Kevin Hennessey is a Master Power Boating Instructor for US Power Boating His hard work and dedication to safe power boat handling has made his power training facility in Southport one of the best in the country and the best in North Carolina. Go to his Facebook page at North Carolina Boat Rentals to read the wonderful reviews that his students have left. Come for a seminar at the boat show to learn from the best.

Friday – 4pm Power Boat Seminar
Saturday-11:30am Basics of Sailing Seminar
Saturday- 1pm Power Boat Seminar
Sunday – 3pm Basics of Sailing Seminar

Located in Convention Center Meeting Room 102

Tour the Cape Fear Community College Boat Building School

Located in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina along the Cape Fear River to the left of the Wilmington Convention Center. CFCC’s boat building school offers two programs designed to teach students the fundamentals to work in the boat building and repair industry. Graduates will have the skills needed to work for companies in boat building, boat repair or woodworking.

Wooden Boat Building Shop – Program Director: Mark Bayne

The CFCC Wooden Boat Building program prepares individuals for employment in the wooden boat manufacturing industry. Students complete all aspects of boat construction from lofting to launching. Graduates may find employment with yacht manufacturers or with other companies needing wood furniture or moldings fabricated and installed.

Boat Manufacture and Service – Program Director: John Olsen

The Boat Manufacture and Service program prepares students for employment in industries that use modern fiberglass boat construction techniques. The program is a member of the  American Boat Yacht Council (ABYC) Marine League of Schools and teaches students the fundamentals of boat service in the disciplines of plumbing, electrical, fiberglass and engine systems. Students find employment in commercial boat building industries, building boats using modern fiberglass techniques.    

Saturday:  10am-6pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Location:  Follow Nutt Street walkway and located adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center along the Cape Fear River 


Miss GEICO is headquartered in Riviera Beach, FL. In addition to competing for its 9th World Title, Miss GEICO participates in 20 National Boat Shows, 3 National Air Shows competing against the GEICO Skytypers, 4 National Poker Runs in the GEICO Caveman boat, 4 Nationally televised P-1 Powerboat Races, 10 AquaX jet ski races, and numerous charitable events assisting United We Race, Inc. our own 501 (c) (3) charity that distributes 100% of the proceeds to United States Veterans.   The Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team is hard at work and hungry to claim its 9th World Title against a long list of teams from Qatar, Norway, Australia, and the United States.”

Located in Battleship NC Park
Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Marine Patrol Education Trailer

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Marine Patrol Education Team travels throughout the State of North Carolina educating recreational fishermen and the general public on sustainable fishing and protecting North Carolina’s natural resources.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Location – Battleship Park