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2019 Oriental In-Water Boat Show
Power boats, coastal cruisers, and an electric boat
April 18, 2019
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riental’s In-Water Boat Show had a new venue – Hodges Street in front of the town dock. In years past, the show was held on Water Street and boats docked at Oriental Harbor Marina near the bridge. This time around, brokers berthed their boats at the Oriental Marina & Inn, parking trailered vessels on the hard on Hodges Street.

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The signs say it all.

Though the venue differed, there were the familiar sights. Traditional Harkers Island boat builder Heber Guthrie finished a rowing/power skiff on site. A 45ft RB-M (Response Boat -Medium) from the Coast Guard tied up at the dock and was available for tours. Line, winches, PFDs, and other boat bits were available, often for a negotiable price, at the Nautical Flea Market.

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Setting up for the show required maneuvering. Here Billy “What A Mess” Creech helps Jim Edwards of Bow to Stern move a catamaran into place.

The Rotary Club organizes the event from beginning to end. It’s a twelve month process, gathering vendors and sponsors throughout the year for the once a year April event. Proceeds from this, and other Rotary events, fund their 6 scholarships available to Pamlico High School Seniors.

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Found by a US Coast Guard Auxiliary member in an antique store, this brass azimuth came from a WWII era destroyer. Lionel Corp., better known as a maker of toy trains, manufactured the azimuth.

TownDock spoke to Oriental Boat Show Organizer Sam Myers after the show:  “We were delighted with the venue, having the show in the heart of Oriental and in the traditional harbor.    Thank you to the downtown businesses that worked cooperatively with us to make it happen.   We hope to work with Oriental’s Town Board to have the show downtown again in 2020.”   Myers works on the show 12 months a year.  He is a volunteer – an Oriental Rotary Club member.

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Nautical finds run the gamut: lines, a compass, and the odd navigation light.
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Oriental Deli served up breakfast and lunch.
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Heber Guthrie built a rowing/power skiff for this year’s show: a power skiff.
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US Yacht Safeguard & Marine Services held a drawing for a grill. Their young assistant pulled out the names of Shannen & Jon Neely, owners of the Hans Christian 33 Prism.
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Coast Guard Auxiliary members welcome the Coast Guard crew from Hobucken.
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Buddy Harper wears his warning well.
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Oriental Yacht Sales brought a Hunter 36.
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Flags and banners on broker boats docked at the Oriental Marina.
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Triton Yacht Sales brought a Catalina 42.
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This sailor played hide and seek with a balloon picked up in the vendor tent.

Take a look at the flyover view, taken just after set-up:

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Posted Thursday April 18, 2019 by Allison DeWeese


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