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The 2024 Oriental In-Water Boat Show
Motorboats, Sailboats, and a Masthead Float
April 17, 2024

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riental’s In-Water Boat Show – it’s a big show for a small town. It happened Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 12 – 14.

Boats lined Hodges Street and filled the harbor slips. Vendors were set up on the lawn of Oriental Marina and under tents between The Bean and Garland Fulcher Seafood.

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Key West(s) on Hodges Street.

Some vendors were new, like Lighthouse Shoals Oyster Company. Others, like Beta Marine and Triton Yachts, were show veterans.

Though the winds got heavy Thursday night – they took out the Rotary tent covering the Nautical Flea Market – they kept the show comfortable and breezy. Sunny and no rain – near perfect Boat Show weather.

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Goods at the Nautical Flea Market.

Oriental’s In-Water Boat Show returns April 2025.

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Half a damsel in distress, flailing in the grass outside the Coast Guard Auxiliary Tent.
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The interior view of SV Aslan.
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Aslan, a Hans Christian 4750 Explorer, for sale at the Boat Show.
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Shell napkin rings by Mason Creek Designs.
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Want to board a boat. Gotta take off those shoes first.
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An eye-catching yellow Key West.
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To find more boats, follow the signs.
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A new Ranger Tug 27.
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The Ranger Dealer from New Bern brought a brand new Ranger Tug 27 to show off.
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Prepping oysters in the Lighthouse Shoal Oyster Tent.
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SeaBags – made from old sails – hanging on the rail of MV In Vino Veritas.
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In the vendor tent: Beta Marine, Raymarine, and B&B Yachts.

Want to know more about that blimp looking item from B&B Yachts? Alan Stewart explains:

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John Barlow and his airplane propellor. It’s destined, he says, for his wall.
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For sale on the Oriental Marina lawn: nautical napkins, fancy fish, a case that keeps your phone out of the water.
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Bow to Stern’s charter vessel In Vino Veritas, a Monk 36..
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Bad Attitude? There’s a sign for that.
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The motor and the boat butts.
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The Auxiliary Coast Guard Tent, with resident flailing damsel.

Posted Wednesday April 17, 2024 by Allison DeWeese


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