Monday, April 22, 2013

Depoe Bay Boat Show and Crab Feed 2013

Doryman just got back from this year's Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show and Crab Feed. Being one of the first local shows of the season, the question on everyone's mind is the weather. The participants and visitors to this annual April event are true coastal denizens who know to bring layers of clothing and be prepared for everything from sun to hail to snow.

This year, the weather gods smiled on Depoe Bay and though we felt a few sprinkles, the sun peeked out from behind scattered clouds often enough to keep spirits high. The harbor is a tiny hole in the rocks named for old Chief Depoe, who welcomed white settlers here in the late 1800's. The once thriving commercial fishery has been reduced, but a lively charter service thrives on the local bottom fishery and whale watching. There's a lot of pride in this little coastal town and the residents pull out the stops to welcome guests with fresh cooked crab and amateur boat builders come from all around to show their craft and get caught up with gossip after a long, wet winter.

As for gossip, Doryman often gets so consumed with visiting, he almost forgets to take pictures to share with all of you. So here are a few, though to see all the boats, you'll have to stop in next year yourself. You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it. Don't forget your raincoat and sunscreen!


Denis said...

Looks like a lovely time to share with fellow boaters, glad the sun came out. Being on the opposite side of the globe, we're heading into winter, time to find a warm shed to continue with the project. Thank you for the time spent to take and post the photos.

smolin said...

Thanks for the pics, DoryMan! Do you have anything on the 12th pic? Spoon-shaped stem, flat bottom, small-but-tall wheelhouse, looks like it might be unfinished. I didn't see it on Sunday, I'm sure I'd have noticed it!

doryman said...

The little tug was sitting in a local driveway with a for sale sign in it when I arrived on Friday. It showed up later at the show, without the sign. So, it might belong to a local resident. But who that might be, I don't know. And yes, it's unfinished.

Paula said...

My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Depoe Bay to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!