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The Big Swap Meet

by Eva Seelye

Des Moines Yacht Club’s Annual Market

Boaters from around the Pacific Northwest are emptying their lockers for this year’s annual swap meet at Des Moines Yacht Club (DMYC) happening March 24 from 09:00 to 15:00 hours. For the last 19 years, hundreds of buyers gather from every nook and cranny—sometimes even as far as Chehalis — to purchase both new and used marine-related items.

Expect everything from nautical dishes, engines, tools, electronics, and boat seats to SUPs and even toilets. “Just about anything you need for marine life [will] be available,” remarks Shannan McCaslin – DMYC Swap Meet event co-manager. Find larger items such as dinghies, trailers, and even small boats in the outdoor section of the venue.


With DMYC’s women’s group, First Mates (created for women whose interests are more than water-oriented), providing coffee and baked goods in the morning, and chili and hot dogs for sale in the afternoon, it’s easy to comfortably stick around and spend a few hours or even an entire day browsing the stands.

Who knows what other hidden plunder will make its way to the largest indoor marine swap meet in the state? The meet’s proceeds will support the First Mates’ mission to provide scholarships to high school students.

Have a few items you’d like to sell? Purchase a space of your own or buddy up with a friend in one of the available indoor or outdoor spaces. Registration is open through Saturday, March 17, 2018. Reserve your spot by simply mailing in your registration form (found online at desmoinesyachtclub.com). Spaces are priced as follows: indoor spaces: $35; outdoor spaces: $15; commercial spaces: $100 (commercial spaces are limited).

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