The 2016 Toledo Wood Boat Show!
August 19-21, 2016
The third Sunday of every year, the Port
of Toledo hosts a
Wood Boat Show down at the waterfront.
When I got to the Boathouse, I found a bunch of Job Corps kids
inside, cleaning things up. I put Theresa into the spanglehelm and
she made quite a Valkyrie
Then I put 'em to work. Great group of kids. If you need an employee,
please consider kids with Job
Dan was down from eastern Washington. Check out the woodwork on
Up in the parking lot, Doryman
Michael B and Rick J, local shipwright and builder of Haus2o,
had the Kayak Build going full steam.
Jim C had his self-designed Modoc up on display.
Hand carved surfboards
Skin-on-Frame bidarkas built and owned by Tom, the local kayak
This little sprog was helping his dad polish up the accessories
to a classic ski-boat on display.
That's a purty powerboat. As I have little interest in powerboats,
I didn't get the make/model. Sorry.
A tiny tug. I like the tiny tug movement, it gives people a fun
project they can do in a normal sized garage and at the end, they
have a cute little boat to play with.
Talk about purty. That's a NICE rowboat.
That is a very nice flag display.
Cardboard (containerboard, actually) boats on display. The local
Georgia Pacific fiber mill provides
all comers with two sheets of container board for making cardboard
boats for a race on Saturday.
Some people get VERY creative.
There are vendors selling everything from kettle korn to decorative
This was taken early Saturday morning - lots more boats on the
Back down at the water, the Boathouse was proving to be a popular
place to hide from the sun on this 90° day.
Dan (who I mentioned before) brought his granddaughter, Mary, to
the show, and we got her into one of our Skin-on-Frame
kayaks. She loved it.
Dan, himself, conned me into putting oarlocks
on a Lazy
Weekend canoe. It rows very well, but the oars need to be 6'
long instead of the 5 footers you see here.
Kayaks were a hit, as well. Everyone who tried them, loved them.
Mary testing out a Mollyhawk.
This is an outstanding design as it allows either one or two rowers,
where most designs require one rower or require two rowers.
Mason (left) is displaying his live-aboard sailboat at the show
and wanted to take a Mollyhawk out for a row with his family. Ladies
and gentle people, I present you you, the youngest Pirate/Viking
ever caught on digital media.
Want to get strapping young men into a canoe? Paint it pink.
Nice shot of a Lazy Weekend 2.0, a steam launch, and a Mollyhawk
in the distance.
This gentleman was MIGHTILY impressed with our kayak.
Nothing like having a friend to row, is there?
Inside the Boathouse, Kelly
Thibodeaux was getting ready to give a class on fiddling while
others admired the Rushton
IGO skeleton on hanging from the rafters.
Others were admiring the art and elegance of the Corkey.
We were even able to con someone into taking it out.
An excellent downwind vessel, the Corkey did require a tow back
to the Boathouse.
The docks were HOPPING with folks.
Boats all over the water.
The Tik-Taks are very suitable for entire crews of young adventurers.
One of the neat things about the Tik-Tak is it is a very suitable
design for people who have bad knees and can't climb down into a
canoe or kayak. Add a folding chair and paddle with ease. Add a
child for motive power and be paddled in luxury (note, the Tik-Taks
work well as a poor man's Stand Up Paddleboard as well)
Coracle got use.
Boats on the water - brings joy to my heart. The one on the left
is the Jodi III, an electrified Fanny
the Fantail Launch by Selway-Fisher and built/owned by Sparkin'
This kid. This kid was a maniac. He did our entire Poker Paddle
in a Coracle - the longest Coracle voyage on record on the Oregon
The cardboard boat race is underway!
A massive flotilla of slowly sinking boats.
Crashes, capsizes, sinkings and general mayhem. Everything you
want in a boat race.
After the races, it was time to get people on the water again.
An entire 6-member family in a Mollyhawk.
Our last paddler of Saturday evening. A Captain of His Own Destiny,
to be sure.
Another fine photo of boats on the water.
Sunday morning dawned with Dan taking a Coracle out - he was surprisingly
good at sculling it along.
We decided to break the Goose out of storage.
Probably the worst picture I could have taken of this delightful
little moppet and her father going for a paddle.
Nothing is more difficult than 3 paddlers in a canoe.
That Goose was moving in a very slight breeze. The skipper was
having a ball.
Another family in a Lazy Weekend Canoe - perfect design for this
Four full-grown friends in a Mollyhawk, heading out for the Poker
That's a nice shot of Boathouse boats.
That color is Gliddon's Clipper Ship Blue.
Coracles take some practice, and the sister got blown to the lee
shore. Little brother mounted a rescue mission in a Tik-Tak. I have
a real affinity to symmetrical designs - in a Tik-Tak, the painter
becomes a tow rope when the paddler turns around.
This lady was intrigued by the Skin-on-Frame kayak, but she had
a small dog. "Fine, load up!" and off they went. They
dog enjoyed it. That's it - the 2016 Toledo Wood Boat Show as seen
through the eyes of the Boathouse. I hope you enjoyed it.
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