Thursday, August 26, 2010

2010 Wooden Boat Show

2010 goes into the record books as the best Wooden Boat Show ever! The weather was perfect, not too hot and just enough breeze to make sailing around the slough a blast!
Participants in the Yaquina Run-Off people-powered boat race line up for the starting horn, above. You can choose from a 3-mile short course or a 9-mile long course. It's a beautiful paddle on the Yaquina River.
One of the most popular events at the boat show is the kids' toy-boat building booth where you can create your own floating work of art! We saw many a beautiful boat.
We saw some very beautiful wooden boats from all over the Northwest.
MaZu under sail. She is a 17-foot teak lady sloop, donated to the port by Jim Hitchman of Waldport for use in its fledgling Youth Boating Club. A beautiful and very graceful boat!

Another fun event at our boat shows: the family boat building. Teams start out on Friday morning with all the materials they need to build their own 9 1/2 foot featherweight dory. They are finished by Sunday afternoon and launched in Depot Slough for their maiden voyage. We saw some very happy faces at this booth.
Rick Johnson, above, local shipwright, provides instructions and hands-on help with the boats.
John, above, has been paddling in his new boat every day since he built it. Go John!!
The kids take to the water in their new boats and away they go! They are very stable, very fast little boats. What a joy to watch the kids as they discover what fun boats can be.
We had lots of other activities over the weekend too, including a free fiddle workshop in the new Youth Boating Club's floating clubhouse, live music all weekend, a poker paddle, excellent food booths, art and craft booths, and of course, plenty of boat lovers to chat with.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the third weekend in August, next year's Wooden Boat Show will be held August 20th and 21st, 2011.
Many thanks to all who participated, volunteered and enjoyed our boat show! See you next year!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family Boat Building

Each year at our Wooden Boat Show, one of the most popular activities is building your own boat! Teams start on Friday morning (August 20th this year) and work on their boats during the festival, with a launch party on Sunday (the 22nd) at 3:30, where the "Nuf"s take their owners on a maiden voyage.

The "Nuf" is a 9 1/2 foot Featherweight (30 lbs.) Dory designed by Carl Chamberlin of Port Townsend, Washington. All the materials and instruction are included in the $400 fee. You'll work under the supervision of Carl and local boatwright Rick Johnson to complete your own boat.

We still have two slots available, so visit our website for more information and registration forms. You'll also find the 'Suggested Tools' list there.

We also have scholarship forms on the website for those who would love to build their own boat but maybe can't afford the fee.
Bon Voyage! We'll see you at the boat show!