Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Judy Hills for sending us in this report from New Bern NC. A new location for the ACBS Chapter. Take it away Judy.
Our chapter’s 11 th annual boat show was held in New Bern, NC which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The Galley Store Marina downtown hosted the show. This was a new venue for the club so we were all anxious to see how well the site worked for the show. Well, we are pleased to report that we had an exceptional show! It began on Friday, May 20 th with a tour of the Hatteras Yacht plant led by former Hatteras boat captain and club member, Alan Hills. The Hatteras staff was very accommodating and the tour was most impressive. “I always wanted to see how they made those boats,” said South Carolina attendee Ed Arrington.
Friday evening was the Captains’ welcome party which was held at the Galley Store in its upstairs gathering room. The intimate space overlooking the wine shop led to lots of conversation where attendees got to know one another and share stories on their much-loved hobby.
Saturday, May 21 st was show day. The weather forecast was for some showers, but the day ended up being cool and overcast with a light wind—good conditions for a show. There were nine boats in the water and about 20 displayed on the land. A steady stream of people came by the site all day long due to the extensive marketing of the show in various media (all free we might add).
The featured boat for the show was the Barbour, which were manufactured in New Bern. The show poster’s background was old Barbour Boat Works brochures. Trent Cadillac, Buick, GMC had a display at the show and one of their associates, Gail Grady, told us that her father had worked for Barbour and that he was one of the people shown driving the boat on the brochure that was on the show poster.
Another Barbour tale from the show, the NC Maritime Museum was showing a Barbour Rocket from their collection at the Beaufort site. Sam Rivenbark, a relative of the founder of Barbour, gave them the history of the boat which differed from the one they had on it. Many people stopped by specifically to see the Barbour boats.
Saturday evening, the participants were treated to a wonderful dinner at the Eastern Carolina Yacht Club located on the Trent River. The club members not only hosted our group, but they also cooked and served the meal. Another tie to Barbour—the serving bar was the bow of a Barbour boat. We gathered for drinks on the deck overlooking the river, shared the delicious meal and then gave out the awards. A Barbour Silver Clipper named La De Dah owned by New Bern residents Phil and Linda Holland walked away with a number of awards including: Best Lapstrake, Best Barbour, and Captain’s Choice. Those who came by boat had the pleasure of a leisurely moonlight cruise back to the show site. The evening could not have been more perfect.
Sunday morning there was a cruise on the Neuse River up to Fairfield Harbour where the group had lunch at the Sun Rise, Sun Set Restaurant. It was a lovely day for this event.
Those who did not attend missed a spectacular weekend. New Bern is a beautiful, hospitable little city and we were lucky to have great venues for all the events. The club is already making plans for a New Bern venue for next year’s show. We hope you’ll be there with us. You can visit their website HERE