WILMINGTON—Boats took to the land instead of the water Saturday in downtown Wilmington.
The 13th annual Cape Fear Community College Boat Show was held along the river Saturday afternoon, and thousands came out to see the boats and learn about how they are made. Many builders said for them, making boats is not only a hobby, it is a lifestyle.
Troy Allen and his father, George, have shared a passion for boating since he was a young boy.
"My dad always had one. The blue one behind me, he's had since I was probably two years old. So I was hooked when I was very little," said Troy Allen.
In particular, they fell in love with the Simmons Ski Sift, a boat that was actually designed in Wilmington in the 1940's. Both father and son each own one of these treasures now. Both of them feel that a boat show is a perfect opportunity to display part of their life.
"It's just kind of a part of your past that you'd like to see continue and the best way to see it continue is to keep it in the public eye," said George Allen.
The show allows students of the college's boat making program to display their own work and talk with more experienced builders.
"I take a lot of pride in the work that I do. There's nothing that I've made since I've started this program that I Haven't been very proud of," said student David Desnoyers.
The show has been held in downtown Wilmington for 13 years. But both students and experienced builders say what's most rewarding, is watching younger generations' love for boating set sail.