Monday, April 19, 2010
Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show 2010
Mid-Spring on the Pacific Coast and everyone who has been cooped up in their houses all winter take every opportunity to enjoy the sun, should it show itself for even a minute.
The local amateur and professional boat builders are no exception.
The tiny town of Depoe Bay, Oregon has the first boat show of the year in this area. It's a fishing village built around the smallest harbor in the world. Just a hole in the rocks with surf breaking all around, so that an uninformed mariner would not be able to see it as they passed by, as happened to explorers for several centuries.
Modern day explorers can find the Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show by the smell of fresh cooked crab at the annual Crab Feed.
Old friends and new gather here to exchange news and show off their latest projects. My friend Rick and I usually set up a boat building demonstration, though we are mostly preaching to the choir.
This year we planked up a lapstrake Round Bottom Pram, which was very popular. Lots of thoughtful questions from the old timers and many who found a new fascination. It's always a thrill to see someone freshly enthusiastic about the prospect of building their first boat. Occasionally that person will leave with the resolve to go home and start that boat they've always dreamed of. Makes it all worthwhile.
Here's a slide show for those who missed a beautiful weekend in Depoe Bay:
After all of the exhibits are set up the first day, we all gather for dinner at the local pub. It's hard to hear or speak over the din...
Doryman was interviewed by two young journalists from Japan and their interpreter. They also took several photos and promised to send some contact information when their story is published. When that happens, you'll be the first to know.