The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is held every year in the fall and features one of our country’s largest wooden boat exhibits.
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The Wooden Boat Show didn’t start until lunch so Chad and I slipped out at dawn before the festivities got fired up. Update: After posting this I actually had a chance to meet the builders of the boat in pics 3-5.
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Every year people come from miles around to enjoy the hand-crafted boats, food, and good southern company. The weatherman called for a 5mph wind but we were greeted with a stiff 20mph…imagine that. They were putting the boat in the water for the first time today at one of our local boat ramps.
Afterwards, he rowed his boat across the river amongst the competition  – the kid is hardcore!
He says he has been in the business for 10 years.Sookdeo, who ‘born and grow’ in the Mon Repos community says that there was a group building boats there, and so he chose to learn the trade with them. Our fly fishing plans got 86’d, but we scratched out a few belly crawling reds nonetheless. All proceeds from the boat show are put towards the construction of the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown. There’s always some amazing boats on display, but the real highlight is the boat building competition that goes on throughout the day. During his apprenticeship, Sookdeo said the group moved to Berbice to pursue their boat-building trade, and he moved with them.


Contestants get the afternoon to build a small wooden boat from scratch and then race it across a section of the river. The workers were putting together the frame of a boat as another boat which Sookdeo said was 85 per cent completed was “drying.”“Boat is a far different thing to build from a house,” he said. Sookdeo explained that mora and tatabu wood are used to make the frame of the vessel, while silverballi is used for the sides and greenheart for the bottom.The boats he constructs are for “outboard use,” and are powered by 48 Yamaha outboard engines. He said he employed a small crew to go out to sea because “me nah like the idea fuh deh pun sea.”He sells the fish he catches, such as trout, shark and mackerel at the Medowbank wharf.
Is so much a problem ya know how much times dem hijack me?We trying in the business’ ya done invest, ya got to try,” said the boat-builder.Sookdeo believes that more should be done for fishermen and small fishing businesses like his. We need some sorta benefit to help out.”RelatedBy Staff Writer January 16, 2011 Today's Frontpage » Share on Facebook Tweet This Stay updated!



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