The Depoe Bay Annual...
... Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show
Ahoy From Dirtland!
For the past twelve years the City of Depoe Bay’s
chamber of commerce has put on the “Depoe
Bay Annual Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show”
The city of Depoe Bay is on the Central Oregon coast
13 miles south of Lincoln City, and 13 miles north
of Newport. The harbor at Depoe Bay is reported to
be the world’s smallest navigable harbor, being
only six acres in size. The entrance to the harbor
is a fifty foot wide, hundred foot long & eight
foot deep, rock
bound channel. To make things even trickier
there is a dog leg in the middle to mix things up
a bit. When it’s calm even the most seasoned
sailors pass up this port of call.
In twelve years I have only missed one show. I think
this year was the best show to date. The weather was
sunny, and the temperature was perfect. It was a bit
windy with NW winds around twenty knots. There were
around fifty boats, all of which were great. I didn’t
get to spend as much time pounding the docks; the
family had plans for me to go do other things! I did
get to see all the boats and visit with fellow members
of the Western Oregon Messabouters, aka “The
Ol’ Coots” https://www.coots.org.
Saturday morning I filled my coffee cup and headed
down to the docks for my “pre-family”
dock pounding. Things were quiet in the harbor, and
I took full advantage of having the boats to myself!
This year there were all kinds of great boats, everything
from little PDR’s all the way up to the Forty-Six
foot “Kingfisher”. After an hour of gawking,
I headed back to retrieve the family.
Family in tow, we returned mid-morning to the docks
and proceeded to hoof around and look at the boats,
only this time it was at break neck family boat viewing
pace. Seems they were more interested in wanting to
get to the crab feed.
My son, Blake and I made a pit stop at the children’s
boat building booth and built a modified stern wheeled
tuna seiner. It is powered by a pair of 243cal. vertical
rise engines, which converts power via the rubber
band 1:1 drive to the four bladed paddle. The boat
comes with the optional headless autopilot. Blake
took great pride in painting, or should I say drizzling
paint onto his boat. I had the privilege of carrying
the boat for the rest of morning, leaving our mark
everywhere we went! I think the paint has finally
dried out, four days later! (insert pic of blake drizzling
took great pride in painting, or should
I say drizzling paint onto his boat.
images to enlarge)
Golden was just beginning his Kayak rolling
demonstration as we were wrapping up our successful
boat build, so we wandered over to the sea wall and
watched. Call me crazy but I prefer to keep myself
in the upright position while on the water. So I don’t
think I will intentionally try any of the umpteen
rolling maneuvers he demonstrates. I didn’t
get any pictures, because I was trying to find ways
to keep the wet paint off me and those around us.
There are pictures from past shows at one of my all
|Call me crazy
but I prefer to keep myself in the upright
position while on the water. So I don’t
think I will intentionally try any of the
umpteen rolling maneuvers he demonstrates.
Watching Harvey made us all hungry so we trotted
past the coast guard station and up the road to the
community hall to partake in the Crab Feed! Yummmm!!
Blake ate a whole crab and half of grandma’s!
After eating all we could the family decided to head
back to the motel for nap time. That meant more dock
time for me!
ate a whole crab and half of grandma’s!
I found my way down to Charles Gottfried’s
Chebacco, knowing that a home brew would be waiting
to quench my thirst. I was part way thru my second
brew when Jamie Orr decided to take Charles’
new tender for a sail. We all watched as Jamie showed
off his sailing talents. Really small boat in some
pretty heavy winds.
decided to take Charles’ new tender
for a sail. We all watched as Jamie showed
off his sailing talents.
Shortly after Jamie set sail, Andrew Linn in his
PDR put to sail and the race was on. I am not sure
who won, or if they even knew they were racing, as
the saying goes “two sailboats going the same
direction are always racing”. Anyways I think
we were all amazed that Jamie was able to make it
back without getting wet.
after Jamie set sail, Andrew Linn in his
PDR put to sail and the race was on.
I could ramble on all day about the show and everything
that goes on. My photos sum it up the best, and can
be seen HERE.
It is one of the best shows I have ever been too.
The whole community comes together and makes it really
fun for all that attend. I can’t wait for next
year. For those that can find their way to Oregon
I’d recommend attending and participating in
this great venue.