2016 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.

Special Guest

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel

“Twiggy’s Lagoon” is known for the World Famous Water-skiing Squirrel.  Twiggy has performed in front of millions of people  since 1979.  She has been all over the world performing in all styles of events such as X-Games, Boat, Travel, RV, and various Trade shows.  Twiggy has been in many Movies, TV Shows, and even Commercials over the past few decades.  You can follow us @TwiggysLagoon as Twiggy tours the world performing for spectators of all ages!

Watch Twiggy perform on YouTube!

Friday, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
Saturday, 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
Sunday, Noon, 2pm & 4pm

Located in Battleship NC Park


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 3:15pm

Located in the Wilmington Convention Center Meeting Rooms 103 & 104

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 – Offshore Fisherman, computer geek,  owner and operator of SaltwaterCentral.com, “Offshore Fishing Tools”, “ReefCast”, “WaveCast” and “Bluewater Supermap”.  He has been fishing pretty much his entire life and this is where he finds his place in the world.  He has operated many charter boats ranging 25 ft to 56 ft with 12 hr, 24 hr and 48 hr trips offshore.  Captain Dave is fascinated by the weather and computers and has spent a lifetime studying the process.  Visit his website at www.saltwatercentral.com

Friday 2:30 pm
Saturday 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Sunday 1:30pm

Location – Meeting Room 102 inside Convention Center


Professional Angler Mike Delvisco

With over 30 years of bass fishing experience, Texas Roadhouse pro, Mike DelVisco, a full-time professional angler has competed on the Bassmaster and PAA Tours, currently competes on the FLW Costa Series Tour and is a 2007 and 2008 Grand Slam and 2009 Bassmaster Series National Championship qualifier. In addition to competing, Mike conducts seminars around the country at many popular sport shows and is a former Bassmaster University instructor. Mike writes for a number of online publications and host a number of video tip segments on the web and broadcast outlets.

Saturday 12:30pm and Sunday 2:00pm
Understanding Sonar – Understanding your fish finding sonar is a must for finding and locating fish and the structures they live around. Mike will help you understand in this easy to follow program on a topic that is one of the misunderstood aspects of fishing.

Saturday 3:30pm and Sunday 12:00pm
Fall bass fishing success – Fall bass fishing can be a challenge. Mike breaks down just how to go about recognizing certain fall patterns and how to stay on top of the fishing during this ever changing time of the year.

Location – Wilmington Convention Center Meeting Room 102

Captain Kevin Hennessey

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

Located in Convention Center Meeting Room 102

Friday at 4:00pm – Power Boat Seminar
Saturday at 11:00am – Basics of Sailing Seminar
Saturday at 1:00pm – Power Boat Seminar
Sunday at 3:00pm – Basics of Sailing Seminar

Captain Von Hall

Von Hall was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. He and his family made frequent trips to North Carolina’s Carolina Beach. At the age of 7 years old he began to become interested in fishing with the help of first his father and then uncle. He quickly developed a passion and knowledge of saltwater fishing. This passion only grew in the coming years as he continued to frequently travel to the Carolina coast to fish. During his stint as an United States Army Airborne soldier he made his way from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to fuel his fishing passion. In 2006, Von Obtained his captain’s  license and soon startedAmerican Boat Charters. Von’s charter business is unique in many respects and this found in his charter boat itself. The boat is a Dream Boat. The vessel is made in Florida and can run in on a few inches of water and safely withstand seas up to 18 feet. Von and American Boat Charters and unique in the fact that they not only charter to the public, but host charters for cancer survivors and veterans suffering  from PTSD. Von secures sponsors for these special guest that pay all cost of the many charters.

Von is considered to be an exceptionally skilled fishing guide and fishing purest. These skills which were enhanced by his father and uncle include the art of fishing knot tying and rigging. A skill that is demonstrated in Von’s fishing results and customer satisfaction.

Located in Booth #134

Fishing Knot Demonstrations Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00

Captain Eris Jones

Eris is a lifelong resident of eastern North Carolina and current resides in Sneads Ferry, NC. The is a retire EMT and has fished the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) tournament trail for a number of years. At this time he enjoys being a full time fishing competitor and charter captain. Eris is current the reigning SKA National Champion with his October of 2015 victory in the SKA Nationals hosted in Morehead City, NC. So far this year, he and his “Team Backlash’) again lead the SKA Single Engine Division.

Eris Jones is the Reigning SKA National Champion and will be at Booth #134 for picture taking with visitors.

Saturday from Noon – 4:00

Captain Tim Hunley

Tim was born right here and grew up fishing these waters with his father. Every weekend, they were out on the waterway, in the Cape Fear River or in every creek and waterway in between. Fishing is his lifelong passion and he loves to share that joy with others. He lives with his lovely wife Sue and their dog, Charlie, here in Wilmington.

Located at the Exhibit Hall Entrance
Friday at 5:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

“Learn to Be a Proper Pirate”

Pirate School Cruise

Ahoy Mateys….Join  Capt. NoBeard for a class on how to be a proper pirate. Come aboard & meet our pirate crew, get your pirate name, your pirate supplies  and be prepared to find that wayward pirate. After successfully disabling the scallywag, cheer with some pirate punch & share the pirate treasure.

Meet at the Battleship NC Park Dock 

This will be on Saturday morning at 9am, Sunday morning at 10am both sessions prior to the opening of the show on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited   




The R/V CAPE HATTERAS is a 135-ft vessel owned and operated by Cape Fear Community College. This vessel serves as the ocean training vessel for the College’s Marine Technology curriculum students who spend thirty-two days at sea underway. Additionally, the ship is available for oceanographic research use through charters by outside agencies. Since 1965 Cape Fear Community College has held the distinction of operating its own seagoing training vessel for the training of its Marine Technology students. This specialized, adventurous undergraduate training, not available elsewhere in the country, is held in high esteem by employers in the marine science field.

Saturday only 11am until 4pm

Located behind the Cape Fear Community College Boat Building Shop to the left of the Wilmington Convention Center

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.

Located along the Cape Fear River (adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center)

Saturday10am until 6pm

Sunday11am until 5pm

NC Marine Fisheries

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

Marine Off Grid

The MOG (Marine Off Grid)tm, a Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS)tm boat, is run completely by solar energy collected from the Sun. With a length of 40 feet, beam just over 11 feet, draft of 18 inches and height above water of 8 feet, it is able to cruise nearly everywhere kayaks and cruisers can go. That is a very broad spectrum of marine travel, allowing the captain to dispense with a dingy.

Since all the power for drive and house appliances comes from the Sun and stored in batteries, there is no need for fuel, noise and fumes that disturb the quiet surroundings in which the boat is used. The range of the Mog is absolutely unlimited, unlike fossil fuel, plug-in and hybrid electric boats. Voyages of thousands of miles cost virtually nothing for fuel. With solar cells atop the boat, the fuel is there at the boats purchase. Even without sunshine, the boat still runs on the large amount of stored energy in the batteries.

This particular solar-electric prototype began as a concept in 1986 and has since, over the last thirty years, continually been improved to become more technologically sophisticated. From the humble beginnings of a thirty foot craft, it has been lengthened and re-powered several times to outdistance many world records in its class.

At the intersection of the water’s and technology’s edge, the Mog projects a true paradigm shift in long range cruising.

Located at slip B24 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Crew of the Scarlett Dragon

The Crew of the Scarlett Dragon is a not for profit Fantasy pirate crew which provides children’s activities, such as face painting, ring toss, pirate putt putt and educational activities as well. Flag making and bead stringing, just to name a few. We provide photo opportunities as well. We have a traveling display of our vision of a Captains Table. We are historically inaccurate and we like it that way. Our mission is to bring smiles to the faces of everyone we meet and maybe tell a story or two or give a history lesson of our history rich area.

Located on the Event Lawn in front of the Wilmington Convention Center

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Kiddy Bounce from The Wow Factor of Wilmington

Time to give mommy and daddy a break.  Kids get your pent up energy out at the ever popular kids’ bouncy house.

Saturday and Sunday

Slide Located at Battleship Park
Pirate Ship Bouncy House Located at Convention Center Event Lawn


Funomenal Faces and Hair

Face painting and more…. We put the FUN in phenomenal!!!

Located at Wilmington Convention Center Event Lawn

Saturday from Noon – 5pm
Sunday from Noon – 4pm

Bubbles and Barnacles

Face painting at the Wilmington Boat Show!

Located in Battleship Park

Saturday from Noon – 5pm
Sunday from Noon – 4pm


Duke Ladd Band

Over the past 25 years the Duke Ladd Band has built an excellent reputation for providing a wide variety of music. During that period they have played over 1100 wedding receptions, festivals, dances, corporate events, reunions and private parties. Their reputation is based on reliability, class, and great music. Many of their dates are repeat performances attesting to the quality of music they provide.

The Duke Ladd Band features saxophone, drums and Duke on keyboards. On occasion, they add a female vocalist and trombone for the horn / big band sound.

With the areas best musicians, the Duke Ladd Band plays beach music, big band, 50s and 60s rock, jazz and Dixieland. They also pride themselves on taking requests.

Pier 33
Friday from 1pm – 3pm
Saturday from 3pm – 6pm

Battleship NC
Sunday from 2pm – 5pm

Folkstone Stringband

Possum Creek Bluegrass Band alums Ben Chontos and Jones Smith founded the Folkstone Stringband as a way to continue providing hard driving and fast picking bluegrass, old time, Americana, and honky tonk music to eastern North Carolina and beyond.

As the core members, Ben and Jones have been pulling from a deep pool of talented North Carolina pickers to fill out the ranks as needed to suit each and every event, while providing the same top notch picking and singing that defined their tenure with Possum Creek. Frequently they can be found teaming up with banjoist Randy Hawse and fiddler Charlie Coulter. Catching them live is sure to get your foot tapping and bring a smile to your face.

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Folkstone Stringband highlights traditional music which has been played for centuries and was made popular during the early to middle 20th century as recording was made more prolific. Pulling from styles made popular by such musicians as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Poole, Don Reno and Red Smiley, and more, Folkstone Stringband continues to push the envelope to keep the tradition alive and thriving in the 21st century.

Pier 33
Saturday from 11am – 3pm
Sunday from Noon – 2pm

Big Al Hall

Big Al Hall has been the host of the Sunday Night Bluegrass Jam at the Satellite Bar and Lounge for over six years. Many media outlets have profiled the Jam: WHQR Public Radio, Wilmington Star News, WILMA Magazine and more. He learned traditional music through friends at home jams and parties. He holds the blue ribbon for top Old Time Band at Fiddlers’ Grove Fiddlers’ Convention in Union Grove, NC, 1999. One of his bands, the Bashful Mountain Broadcasters, is a staple at “An Ode to Otha” an annual festival event in Nashville, TN. He has also been featured in the film “Tammy,” starring Melissa McCarthy, which was filmed in Wilmington in 2013. Seasoned traditional musicians, the Big Al Hall Trio brings a spark to timeless Appalachian tunes. Their sense of fun and energy honors the timelessness of the music.

Pier 33

Sunday from 2pm – 5pm

Doug Walker, Steel Drum Artist

If you have heard steel drums on a recording in the past decade, chances are it was the sounds of Doug Walker. His distinctive style takes you right to the Caribbean, the birthplace of his instrument. His music is happy and leaves the listener feeling good. Doug has been called, “The Man with the Feel Good Drums.”

Pier 33

Friday from 3pm – 6pm