The Famous Folly Beach Boat

Everyone who comes to Folly Beach for the first time asks about “the boat”. It is a very curious thing.

In September of 1989, Hurricane Hugo washed this boat ashore, where it remained until recently.

No one ever claimed the boat, so a year or so after Hugo, someone had the smart idea of painting a message on it. And ever since, layer upon layer of paint has been applied. Many very artistic! For birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, “I love you’s”, “marry me” and just about every other message you can imagine. The Folly Beach Boat has become a landmark here on Folly and will probably be here for years to come.

In the early summer of 2005, the paint became so thick it just fell off in huge chunks. But that didn’t stop them….they just kept on painting.

The Folly Boat returned to the sea in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Currently the boat’s next home is unknown, with news coming soon on a new location.