WILMINGTON BOAT SHOW: The non-boat boat story

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — So there is this huuuuge boat show in Downtown Wilmington happening right now. And yes, there are all kinds of boats on display. But you’ll find quite a variety of non-boat vendors.  WWAY’S Daniel Seamans took a walk down the docks to find the non-boat boat story.

Sure, you find boats at the Wilmington Boat Show.  But gutters?

“We figured if people were taking the time out to look at stuff for their boat they are thinking about their house at the same time,” Mathew Perryman told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans.

Mathew is from Raleigh representing All American Gutter Guards.

“And we figured we’d join the fun and festivities and come on out,” he said.

We also found no boats at James Counts tent. We did, however, find all kinds of creativity and one heck of a story behind his custom made fishing lures.

“Since I was 12 years old I’ve been doing more and more and more,” he said of how he got started making fishing lures.

“I got the idea when I was very young,” James said. “I lost a lure fishing, I found a lure. Put hooks on it, changed it up a few times, caught a few fish with it, lost it and decided to make a piece out of wood for myself.

And mixed in the dozens of vendor tents you’ll find some men, with no boat, talking about what you need if you are going to be one. The United States Coast Guard Auxilary is on hand to answer any questions you might have regarding boating safety.

“A lot of folks want to know if they have to take a boating safety class, if it’s required and it is,” Glenn McVicker said. “In North Carolina, if you were born on or after January 1,1988, you have to take an approved boating safety class.”

The show is Friday and Saturday until 6pm. Saturday it gets started at 10am. Parking is free at the Battleship and the water taxi will be running all day.

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