Depoe Bay Boat Show 2014
April 19-20, 2014
The Depoe Bay Boat Show has always been on the third weekend in
April. Every few years, that means it falls on Easter Weekend -
and that was the case this year.
The third weekend in April can be a little rough, too. It snowed
on us one year, this year was just wind and rain on Saturday.
One thing about Oregonian boat people: We ain't made out of sugar
- rain is just rain.
Saturday had an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddies. Never pass up
a photo op with a celebrity.
This was one of the neater boats I saw - a self designed kayak
("I had a bunch of leftover wood") painted up as a salmon.
We'd get breaks in the squalls and people would come out from beneath
the canopies to talk boat.
One of the highlights of the show is the Crab Feed put on by the
Chamber of Commerce. Dungeness crab is fine food.
In the evening, the Chamber puts on a "Thank You" snack
for the exhibitors. Jack Brown (in the center) has been the mover
and shaker of the Boat Show for years. He'll be handing the reigns
over to a new guy for next year.
I usually have a tradition of taking one of the new boats out around
the 1/2 mile buoy on Sunday morning, but not this year. Poseidon
was still a little angry.
Things were nicer inside the harbor. Because of the rain the day
before, I hadn't put any of our boats in the water. Today was going
to be different. I ferried our pink canoe, Aurora, loaded
with life jackets, over to the dock
The display dock is new this year - the old one got wiped out by
the tsunami generated by the earthquake in Japan on 3/11/2013. Don't
think an earthquake a world away can cause problems in little old
Depoe Bay? Take a gander at this video
shot by Bruce Rasmussen. Here's
what it looked like from the perspective of the guys on the boat.
The day was getting going - our favorite Canadian, Jamie, played
the pipes and ushered in the new day.
Princess Jewel got ready to bless the boats.
There's something you don't see every day - a Great Pelican. Richard
Green's original intent had been to outfit the cabin with an easy
chair and fireplace, but he's adjusted that. I first met Richard
while sailing the Texas 200 in
2008 - it is a small world for small boat sailors.
Kenyon - a local - and his significant other, helped me out by
ferrying Daisy over.
Princess Jewell blessed both Daisy and Aurora while the intrepid
Bob L and Coot King John K look on.
That's what a Lazy Weekend Canoe does best: Haul families.
These guys were pretty cool. First time in a canoe for both of
There's a nice art shot. You just can't beat boats on the water.