2015 Wooden Boat Festival Program

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Welcome to the 39th Wooden Boat Festival!

hether this is your first visit or you’ve come to all 39 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festivals (and we know there are a few of you out there), prepare to have an incredible time. I’m not sure how it’s possible, but every year, the Festival feels as familiar as it does fresh. It’s always a reunion of friends and the faithful, families who bring their boats and excitement, year after year, to see what gorgeous piece of functional craftsmanship decides to grace Port Townsend with its heritage for this best weekend of the year. At one birthday shy of “over the hill,” we have our rituals: the races, the sail-by, the hundred or so expert presentations and classes with experts from all over the world, the Bell Tolls ceremony to honor those maritime legends who have gone over the bar, the Friday- and Saturday-night dance parties, where we kick up our heels and celebrate until tomorrow. Whether you come for your second, third or 30th Festival, there is a rhythm of friendly familiarity to it all. Whether you are in the moment or looking back or forward to festivals past and future, it’s hard not to smile. With all of the ritual and tradition – along with the fact that every year the pace of wooden boat construction is far outpaced by that of wooden boats falling prey to neglect, the elements and eventually the landfill – you might think that things would feel the same, or get stale in the repetition. I’m happy to report that the passion and creativity that brought wooden boats into the world to begin with, or that fueled the traditional craft renaissance of the 1970s, is alive and well, and continues


e are to find new so exways to excited to bring press itself. you another Every weekend full year the Fesof education, tival offers adventure, up a fresh and discovhelping of ery! Wooden wooden boat Boat Festival experiences. is the place This year, to explore the longeverything standing and from trathe recently ditional added tradiboatbuilding tions of the to the amazfestival are ing spirit of joined by a adventure. new museum It is a hub of experience Barb Trailer and Jake Beattie welcome you to the Wooden activity and with mariBoat Festival, our favorite weekend of the year! a celebration time curios of wooden from around boats. It is the world; a also becomhighlight on ing the place to be to learn about some the restoration of the Western Flyer, of the most interesting discoveries made famous by John Steinbeck’s “The and happenings in the boating world. Log from the Sea of Cortez”; and the boats of the 2015 Race to Alaska, some Where else can you hear presentations on the finding after 150 years of the of which are wooden, and the rest are lost Franklin ship, get an in-depth look on display just outside of the festival at the Bounty and the “Finest Hours” grounds. rescues, and hear what’s in store next Welcome, welcome back, and have year for Race to Alaska (R2AK)? a blast enjoying the familiar and the It’s hard to effectively express the new parts of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. I hope you enjoy it at joy and heart (and bit of mystery) that brings the Festival together. It takes least half as much as I do. a mix of bringing new attractions and Fair winds, honoring favorite traditions. This year, Jake Beattie Executive Director Northwest Maritime Center

we are excited about the Western Flyer Exhibition, dedicated to the John Steinbeck boat being re-built here in Port Townsend. The “Pop-up” Maritime Museum and the Paddleboard

Pool are other new, fun features. We are equally excited to be maintaining the high level of instruction and education from our world-class presenters that you have come to expect! We will have seven stages running all weekend, with two stages dedicated to woodworking and wooden boatbuilding skills. People come to the Festival for all kinds of reasons, to experience the boats, to learn and to teach, to hear stories and tell a few, to meet with old friends and make new ones, to volunteer and be a part of something, to spend a great family day away from screens, and sometimes just to dance to a favorite band. No matter what your reasons, we are sure that once you step onto Festival grounds, see the beauty of the harbor filled with gorgeous boats, stroll past the wooden R2AK finishers and hear the stories flowing from the R2AK booth, take in the sight of the hand-carved carousel in Kids’ Cove and the sounds of kids building boats, enjoy the smell of organic corn cooking, listen to the music of the Main Stage, head out to The Point past the laughter at the Paddleboard Pool and the buzz of excitement at the Edensaw Boatbuilding Challenge, by the time you arrive at the Wee Nip pub to enjoy a microbrew, you will be swept up in the magic. With the beautiful blend of new and old, innovative and traditional, we are sure this year will be the “Best Festival Ever” – for the 39th consecutive year! Barb Trailer Festival Director


Get on the Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Western Flyer Reborn . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Contributors Count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Schooner Martha Home . . . . . . . . . . 22

For the Younger Sailors . . . . . . . . . . 10

Thanks to All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Lifetime Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Festival Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Rescues at Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Festival Boats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

What a R2AK! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Welcome, Vixen! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Lovin’ Port Ludlow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Paddleboard Pool is New This Year ROW AND SAIL A LONGBOAT Journey back in time aboard replicas of Captain George Vancouver’s ship’s longboat from 1792. Work together as a crew to row and/or sail aboard these 26’ open boats with eight rowing stations. Ages 12 and older. Sign-ups start at 9 am for longboat rides. Friday: 11 am-4 pm Saturday: 9:15 am-4:30 pm Sunday: 10 am-4:30 pm TAKE A RIDE ON THE MARTHA J Take a ride on the beautiful Martha J – a 1984 24’ motor launch built by Casco Bay Boatworks of Portland, Maine. Leave from the NW Maritime Center Dock (out front) on the hour and the half hour. Sign up at the dock. Maximum of eight people per ride. • Friday: 11 am-5 pm • Saturday: 10 am-2 pm & 4-8 pm • Sunday: 10 am-2 pm GET OUT AND PADDLE Visit Pygmy Kayaks at its showroom inside the Festival Grounds, or Chesapeake Light Craft at its display on the Point. Other vendors occasionally offer opportunities to get on the water – just ask! New this year, visit the Standup Paddleboard Pool out on the Point!

CHARTER ADVENTURESS Step aboard the 1913 Schooner Adventuress for a sail on Port Townsend Bay. Help to raise the sails, sing sea shanteys and experience the joy of sailing a century-old tall ship operated by Sound Experience. Space is limited. For advance purchase of Adventuress tickets, go to soundexp.org, call 360379-0438 or visit us onboard at the NW Maritime Center Dock. Free dockside tours on Friday and Saturday, 9-10 am. • Friday: 11 am-2 pm – Halfprice Festival Sail ($32.50/ adult, $17.50/youth) • Friday: 3-6 pm – Half-price Festival Sail ($32.50/adult, $17.50/youth) • Saturday: 10 am-1 pm – Festival Sail ($65/adult, $35/ youth) • Saturday: 2-6 pm – Schooner Race ($85/adult, $45/youth) • Sunday: 11 am-2 pm – Festival Sail ($65/adult, $35/ youth) • Sunday: 3-6 pm – Festival Sail ($65/adult, $35/youth) REGATTAS AND RACES Friday: 26-Foot and Under Race Skippers meet at 1 pm at the NW Maritime Center beach. Racing starts

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Longboat rows and races are part of the Wooden Boat Festival on Port Townsend Bay, with the Olympic Mountains as a backdrop. Photo by Mark Saran

at 2:30 pm. SATURDAY: ROWING RACE Rowers register between 8 and 9 am at the NW Maritime Center beach. Racing starts at about 10 am; long and short courses. Open to all humanpowered watercraft: wherries, dories, rowing shells, kayaks, longboats, paddleboards, outriggers, dinghies and gigs. SATURDAY: NW SCHOONER CUP Skippers meet at 9 am at NW Maritime Center beach. Race starts at 3 pm.

Awards at 6 pm on the Main Stage (7 pm if boats sail longer). SUNDAY: T-37 MODEL BOAT RACES • 10:30 am in the Marina SUNDAY: SAIL-BY • 3 pm, Port Townsend Bay The “don’t miss” event of the weekend, with more than 300 boats on the bay! Best places to watch from the Festival grounds are the Balcony Wine Bar (sponsored by the Resort at Port Ludlow), the Wee Nip and the NW Maritime Center Commons.

Pocock Rowing Shells A Living Museum in Port Townsend

By Sally Giesler A whole new interest in wooden racing shells has developed since the bestselling book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown hit the shelves in June 2013. The book tells the story of the University of Washington Men’s Rowing Team and their race at the 1936 Olympics, held in Berlin, Germany. George Pocock, a champion rower and coach, built the Husky Clipper for the UW crew, the wooden shell that carried the boys to the Olympic gold in 1936. The legacy of George Pocock’s perfect racing vessels lives on through Port Townsend’s Rat Island Rowing and Sculling Club. The club has one of the best collections of working wooden Pocock shells

in the world. A small group of rowers founded the rowing club as a branch of the Wooden Boat Foundation back in the 1990s, and have been collecting wooden racing shells ever since. The first wooden shell in the fleet was the Quinault, a sweep boat for eight rowers and a coxswain, built in 1949 for the Navy Men’s crews. The club acquired the Hoh, a sweep four built in 1959, in 2001. Extensive restoration on the Hoh by Steve Chapin of Point Hudson Boat Shop caught the attention of Stan Pocock, George’s son, who asked to trade three additional boats in exchange for having the Hoh displayed at the Pocock Center. The Oho, a sweep four and the sister boat to the Hoh, the Husky Challenger, a sweep eight, and the Lorna Smith, a


fiberglass quad, were all acquired in the trade. Stan also persuaded Bill Tytus, the succeeding owner of Pocock Racing Shells, to give to Steve Chapin the forms, tools, and some of the wood to build the cedar singles, just as his father had built them. The first one Steve built is the Legacy, which resides above the boat shop in the Northwest Maritime Center. Over the last 10 years, many wooden shells have been donated because of the club’s commitment to preserving the legacy of George Pocock and his son, Stan. As a Rat Island Rower myself, I speak for the club when I say we love to row them, just as George wanted for his boats. In this way we like to think of our boathouse as a living museum, breathing life into these boats that could

The Northwest Maritime Center on the shore of Port Townsend Bay is the launch point for the Quinault, a sweep eight built by Pocock in 1949. Photo by Rat Island Rowing & Sculling Club

have otherwise become obsolete. As we say, “The boys may be gone, but the boats live on.” Steve Chapin gives a talk on “Building Wooden Pocock Shells” in the Discovery Room of the Boat Shop Building 3:45-4:45 pm on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Wooden Boat Race for

all Annual Human-Powered Watercraft is 10 am Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Northwest Maritime Center Boathouse. Come early to see all the wooden rowing shells on the beach. (Sally Giesler of Port Townsend is member of the Rat Island Rowing and Sculling Club.)

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Chuck Henry and his wife moved to Port Townsend in 1977, just in time to attend the first-ever Wooden Boat Festival as curious new local residents and boat fanciers. Chuck actually paid to get in for the first few festivals (unlike some other local residents who know the path from Chetzemoka Park to Point Hudson), and became interested in volunteering for the festival as age, thrift and the need for free T-shirts grew. He started volunteering for the docks crew sometime in the late 20th century as a free way to get in for all three days, stand around and look at boats, and

schmooze, kibitz, BS, eat and serve the public in return for, again, the free T-shirts. (They are really good T-shirts!) About 10 years ago (or more – at his age, he can’t remember dates that well), Chuck joined the Festival staff as dock safety captain (aka Duke of Docks) and enjoys hanging around with those who conspire to put on a safe, fun, laidback annual boat show and gathering of interesting boat lovers. He still manages to come up with an annual supply of new stories (some true, some ... interesting) and loves being a part of the scenery. You will see him wandering around from dock to dock, coffee

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Don’t miss the third annual Edensaw Woods Boatbuilding Challenge! Going on all weekend, the boatbuilding challenge is a friendly competition between teams vying for the coveted “best boat” distinction and $3,000 worth of prizes. Teams work throughout the weekend to build a boat from start to finish. You guessed it, the rules are minimal, but the glory is high. Don’t miss the launch on Sunday at 1 pm at the Wee Nip launch site. LEE VALLEY/VERITAS GIVEAWAY

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Chuck Henry, long-standing volunteer and festival T-shirt enthusiast

in hand, checking his safety crew’s welfare and watching for dogs that get past the Main Gate crew. Ask him about the cleavage dog, if you have time for a long story full of references to the Grand Tetons of the Pacific Northwest.

Aye, Aye, Captains Committee Captains for the 39th Wooden Boat Festival include (from left, top): Jordan Pollack, medical team; Joel Goldstein, AV support; Amanda Funaro, membership; John Mottola, greeters; Chuck Henry, docks; Carrie Andrews, graphics and signage; Ross Goodwin, traffic and parking; Libby Urner, boats and program support; Sarah McHugh, main gate; Erin Lannon, Lifetime Achievement; Joyce Mottola, will call; Barb Trailer, Festival director; Ace Spragg, presenter coordinator; Amber Peters, volunteer coordinator; and Marty Loken, trailer boat concierge. Many others are not pictured – see complete Committee Captain details under Festival “Thank You” section. Photo by NWMC


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Adventure for Young Sailors Ahoy kids of all ages! Sail and row a longboat or go for a motorboat ride on Martha J, build a boat, do oceanography on the dock! We’ve got crafts, treasure hunts, a carousel, paddleboard pool and more. Dance at the main stage, sing sea shanties, and learn about creatures under the sea! Wooden Boat Festival is for kids: fun, education and inspiration surrounds the harbor full of wooden boats. Dreams are launched and a lifetime of opportunity is all around you! Just inside the entrance to the festival is a world of fun for pirates and mermaids of all ages – Kids’ Cove – and there are fun activities for kids and families throughout the Festival grounds. KIDS’ COVE Boatbuilding: Kids of all ages can design, build, rig and sail away with their own small wooden boat. Pick a hull, a mast, some sailcloth … before you know it, life slows down while you help hold a nail and share the joy of building a boat. The kids boatbuilding area has been a favorite for years, and continues to be a family favorite. YMCA Activities: Jefferson County YMCA hosts kids crafts! Providing Face Painting, Sand Art, and more! Young and old will enjoy the expanded craft offerings! Carousel of the Sea: This beautiful handmade carousel, built by fifth generation carousel builder William Dentzel, offers free rides all three days! OCEANOGRAPHY The Oceanography on the Dock program, led by Port Townsend Marine Science Center staff and volunteers, gives anyone with curiosity and enthusiasm the opportunity to be a scientist! It provides participants with the opportunity to get familiar with basic principles of oceanography by teaching them to use actual testing equipment, measure parameters such as salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and more. The data collected during the program helps participants and scientists understand the health and characteristics of our local waters. Friday and Saturday from 10 to noon on the NW Maritime Center Dock. NORTH STAR STAGE WITH CAPTAIN CLOUD One of the highlights of the Festival for 17 years, this witty and charming play is directed by Port 10 • 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

Townsend’s own Joey Pipia. Each year he and his playwright team, including daughter Sophie, conjure up the new adventures of Captain Cloud. The play never fails to entertain and amuse young and old – it’s a “don’t miss” for any age! Check schedule for times. CAPTAIN PIRATE’S TREASURE HUNT At High Noon on Sunday, young pirates from near and far make their way to the Jolly Roger Flag at the Cupola House. Anyone dressed like a pirate can join the hunt, scouring the grounds and beaches for the “X” that marks the spot of buried treasure. Sunday from noon to 1 pm. BOAT RIDES ON MARTHA J These free rides are popular – sign up early! Sign-ups start at 9 am for morning rides and noon for afternoon rides. This is a great way to get out on the water and see the Festival. Sign up and meet at the NW Maritime Center dock. ROW, SAIL A LONGBOAT Journey back in time aboard replicas of Captain George Vancouver’s ship’s longboat from 1792. Work together as crew to row and/or sail aboard these 26’ open boats with eight rowing stations. Ages 12 and up. Sign-ups start at 9 am for longboat rides. PADDLEBOARD POOL Try our all-new Paddleboard Pool out on the Point! This is a safe, fun environment to give paddleboarding a try. CHILD CARE AVAILABLE Too much Festival for your little ones? Firefly Preschool is open to drop off your children in a safe, convenient educational environment. Friday, 8:30 am-9:30 pm and Saturday, 2-9:30 pm. RSVP to fireflyacademypreschool@gmail.com or call 360-471-6778 or 360-379-1129. See fireflyacademy.com for more information. Cost is $8 an hour or an unlimited weekend pass for $100, with a 50 percent sibling discount. Conveniently located at 842 Washington St., next to Haller Fountain, five blocks from Point Hudson.

Kids’ Cove is the place to be for kids to build their own boat. Photo by Liz Berman

Ahoy! Kids wanted for fun times Children of all ages attending the Wooden Boat Festival are welcome! Friday 10-Noon Oceanography on the Dock - NWMC Dock 10-5 Kids’ Boatbuilding Kids’ Cove 10-5 Crafts with YMCA 10-5 Ride the Carousel 11-4 Longboat Rides for 12 & over - Marina’s NE Corner 11-5 Martha J Boat Rides NWMC Dock Noon-9 All Family Music and Dancing - Main Stage 7 Sea Shantey Circle - Marina Room Saturday 9:15-4:30 Longboat Rides for 12 & over - Marina’s NE Corner 10-Noon Oceanography on the Dock - NWMC Dock 10-2 Martha J Boat Rides NWMC Dock 10-5 Kids’ Boatbuilding Kids’ Cove 10-5 Crafts with YMCA 10-5 Ride the Carousel 11-Noon Captain Cloud’s

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Julian Arthur grew up in West Seattle during the 1950s and 60s and started working on boats shortly after high school. What began as a few isolated projects quickly turned into a profession as Julian and other members of his family saw one opportunity after another arise in the world of boatbuilding. Julian’s father, Ben Arthur, first purchased a 50’ steel vessel, to refurbish and use as a charter boat in Westport during the 1962 World’s Fair. He soon decided they could build their own fiberglass boats, so he started a company and opened shop in Burien, Wash. Julian worked on the boats during the winter months and spent his summers traveling across country professionally racing flat track motorcycles. In 1968 the company was looking to change locations. They stumbled across a little town where the land was cheap and largely undeveloped, and they moved their business across the Puget Sound to Port Townsend. Skookum Marine, as the business was called, built a shop (the shop that is currently occupied by Gold Star Marine) and began production of custom sail and powerboats from 28’ to 70’ in length. There were no docks at that time in the marina and Julian remembers the ferry, Defiance, was parked right outside the shop. It was a good time to be building boats, and Skookum Marine built more than 400 over the years. In l980, they built a large shop on Workman Road and would truck the hulls down to the water to be launched. Julian’s wife, Sue, joined him in the business and they continued to build fishing vessels for Alaska until 1989, but by the end of the 80s they had decided to downsize, and they closed doors on Skookum Marine. At this point, Julian began transitioning into the occupation that anyone affiliated with the Port of Port Townsend knows him for today. He bought a truck-mounted mobile crane and before long, Julian Arthur Crane Service was born. Julian operated the crane for 25 years and has literally taken thousands of masts and engines out of boats. Knowing the importance in every mast pulling/ replacement, he honored the “big deal” that it was with caution, care and experience, and has helped many people in the process. He has run into sailors as far away as the Virgin Islands who instantly recognize him as the guy who “put the mast on my boat in Port Townsend just a couple of weeks ago.” Earlier this year, he sold his crane business to Gus Sebastian of Port Townsend. Julian likely wouldn’t have predicted it himself, but standing ahead of him in 1962, alongside a lifetime of adventures, a beautiful family, and lots and lots of motorcycle racing, was a 50-year career in the marine trades.

Ted was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1933. By 1957, he was a lieutenant in the Canadian Army, but resigned his commission in order to return to his first true love, boating. He started off as a yacht broker with George Cuthbertson, who later founded C&C Yachts. At the same time, Ted kept busy working on his West Lawn School of Yacht Design course. His career progressed with the help, guidance, and education that came with working alongside George, and with a man named Dick Telford, a boat designer, builder, mentor and friend. Several years later, in the late 1960s, Ted took an opportunity to move to Connecticut and work for A.E. “Bill” Luders Jr. as an assistant designer. With Bill, he worked tirelessly on everything from 5.5-meter sloops, 12-meter America’s Cup racers, ocean racing yachts and power boats. In 1967, Ted found himself in Maine, still doing all of Luders’ drafting. In partnership with Bob Wallstrom, he produced more than 100 custom production designs. In the mid 1970s, Ted pioneered his wildly successful, well-known radius bilge method of building metal hulls. In 1979, Ted moved to Washington state and over the next 20 years would produce 160 more designs. In 1999, Ted and his wife Betty returned to Canada and settled on Gabriola Island, B.C. where he designed a few more custom yachts, sold stock plans, wrote for boating magazines, and donated time lecturing at Silva Bay Shipyard school. In 2006, they moved to Agassiz, B.C. In addition to completing more than 270 designs, Ted has written three books. One of them, “Understanding Boat Design,” is now in its fourth edition and has been a popular design primer for 30 years. He is now mainly retired, but has had a career full of passion and adventure, and is thrilled to be receiving the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Boatbuilding & Design.


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Rescue on the High Seas Famed Nonfiction Writer to Detail Bounty, ‘Finest Hours’ Rescues

By Jonathan Glover When the Bounty was taking on water, and the Mayday call finally went out, it was too late. By the time the U.S. Coast Guard arrived, what they found was a tall ship, almost completely submerged, with most of the crew nearby in a raft. “I remember the rescue swimmer telling me that when he released from the cable, he said, ‘I’ve got many years of experience but the current was ripping me right into the waves. I’ve done a lot of rescues but I’ve never seen anything like that,’” said Michael Tougias, co-author of “Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy,” with Douglas Campbell. Tougias is giving a Wooden Boat Festival presentation on the Bounty’s demise, complete with slides and information not found in his book. Determined not to bore audiences like some authors, he instead wants them to “feel like they’re in the middle of the storm.” “I love to see the audience on the edge of their seat,” said Tougias, who is also giving a presentation on another rescue mission book-turnedHollywood movie, “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, which is set to release Jan. 29, 2016. “Sometimes I’ll hear gasps when certain parts come up or I’ll hear laughs when research didn’t go as planned.” The Bounty’s sinking was a much-publicized and studied event and even so, questions still linger why Bounty Capt. Robin Walbridge decided to sail through the eye of Hurricane Sandy. He and another crew member, Claudene Christian, lost their lives at sea Oct. 29, 2012. “My big question was, ‘what in the world was it doing on the high seas when this hurricane was so well forecast?’” Tougias said. The original HMS Bounty

The Bounty was a replica ship of the original HMS Bounty. It was built in 1960 and foundered Oct. 29, 2012 after taking on too much water in Hurricane Sandy. According to Michael Tougias, author of “Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy,” the Bounty was painted green in 2006 following a series of upgrades from the original yellow it wore for 46 years. Photo courtesy Michael Tougias

was a tall ship that sailed as part of the Royal Navy in the 18th century, made famous by its infamous mutiny led by acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian. A replica of the Bounty was built in 1960 for the 1962 motion picture “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando. Since it first set sail from Nova Scotia where it was built, the Bounty has bounced from port to port and from film to film. It had been in many feature-length films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Barb Trailer, Port Townsend Wooden Boast Festival director, said she has been interested in getting


Tougias to present for years, knowing his knowledge of daring sea rescues would be exciting for all audiences, not just mariners. “It’s really fun to have a blend of adventure and a lot of learning and education,” Trailer said. “It’s not just an educational thing that a sailor wants to learn, it’s a broader appeal. Who doesn’t want to know what happened to the Bounty?” THE BOUNTY According to Tougias, the Bounty left port in New London, Conn., on route to St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The Bounty’s owner, HMS Bounty Organization, was pushing for the financially-sinking ship to make it to Florida in time for a

tourist event that would raise money. The ship sank at sea four days later about 90 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tougias said the crew realized the boat could not avoid the storm and tried too late to reach port. Complications led to pumps not working, which led to more water and the ship rolling at about 4 am Saturday, Oct. 29. Before embarking, Walbridge gathered the crew together and asked whether or not they should make the voyage or wait, knowing Hurricane Sandy was fast approaching, Tougias said. “The way he presented that option to them was in a group setting,” Tougias said. “It gets into this group dynamic of

not wanting to let your team down, don’t want to be the only one to step out.” CLOSE TO HOME Jake Beattie, Northwest Maritime Center executive director, sailed with Walbridge on the Bounty for 18 months, starting in 1999. As a freshout-of-college 22-year-old, Beattie said he would have done anything Walbridge asked. Beattie said Walbridge was a “sea-daddy” of sorts – someone who shapes you into who you are and believes in you. He said if put in the same situation at 22, faced with hurricane conditions, that he would have gone on the voyage. “Not only is your inherent trust in this person because of their experience, but there’s this implied fear of breaking

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A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver took this photo on Oct. 29, 2012, the morning the Bounty sank in the Atlantic Ocean. By this point, the crew had been thrown from the vessel as it rolled. Two of the 15 crew lost their lives: Claudene Christian and Capt. Robin Walbridge. Photo courtesy Michael Tougias

that allegiance,” Beattie said. “Yeah, I totally would have been there.” In fact, in 2000, Beattie found himself in similar conditions as the day the Bounty sank in 2012. “The stories that came out of that event were remarkably similar in tone and content to an event that happened when I was on board where we put out a Mayday call, probably within 100 miles of where the Bounty sank,” Beattie said. Though it wasn’t in a hurricane, Beattie said he was two-

floors underneath the deck, pumping water and fixing engines as the unofficial “engineer” and official third-mate – a position he inherited a few months after signing up. Beattie said the Bounty took on so much water that U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy officials had to assist the boat with larger pumps to keep it from sinking. Before sailing, Beattie said Walbridge’s verbiage in preparing the crew was almost identical to reports that surfaced after the Bounty’s sinking.

This infrared picture was taken by the U.S. Coast Guard of the Bounty sinking on Oct. 29, 2012. It was on a voyage from New London, Conn., on its way to St. Petersburg, Fla. By Capt. Walbridge’s orders, the Bounty sailed directly into hurricane Sandy’s path. Submitted photo

“My big question was, ‘what in the world was it doing on the high seas when this hurricane was so well forecast?’” Michael Tougias “Rescue of the Bounty” author

“A lot of the words people are saying, you know, ‘The ship leads us, we don’t lead the ship’ and ‘The ship’s safer

at sea in a hurricane than it is on shore,’ direct quotes that I can remember,” Beattie said. “Like, I can hear his voice saying them.” According to Tougias, while researching the book, he and his co-author Campbell were able to paint a pretty descriptive picture of Walbridge, the events that led up to the sinking, and the sinking itself. “People tell me, ‘I felt like I was on the boat with this group, I read it in a two-day period,’” Tougias said.

Tougias is an author of fiction novels as well, including “There’s a Porcupine in my Outhouse” and “Until I Have No Country.” He also co-wrote a memoir, “The Cringe Chronicles: Mortifying Misadventures with my Dad,” with his daughter, Kristin Tougias. (Jonathan Glover is a senior at Central Washington University, in Port Townsend on a summer news internship with the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.)

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In 1962, and again in 2008, the Bounty visited the Salish Sea on its way to Seattle. Jake Beattie, Northwest Maritime Center executive director, was a deck hand on the Bounty for 18 months from 1999-2000, sailing with Capt. Robin Walbridge, who went down with the Bounty in 2012. Leader Collection photo Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

Michael Tougias is an author of many nonfiction books depicting heroism at sea in the face of great diversity. For the first time, he presents at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. SATURDAY, 3:45 PM His first presentation is on his book “The Finest Hours,” about the oil-tankers Pendleton and Fort Mercers getting caught in one of the worst nor’easter storms at the time. Co-authored by Casey Sherman, the book chronicles the U.S. Coast Guard’s daring rescue attempt of the 84 crew, Tougias said. A Hollywood movie is in production on “The Finest Hours,” with the film set to release Jan. 29, 2016. The presentation is at 3:45 pm Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Northwest Maritime Center Olympic and Cascade rooms with about a 200-person capacity. SUNDAY, NOON Tougias’ second presentation is on “The Rescue of the Bounty: The Daring Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy,” a look at the Bounty’s sinking off the coast of North Carolina in 2012, and the Coast Guard’s rescue of 15 crew. The presentation is at noon on Sunday, Sept. 13 in the Northwest Maritime Center Cascade Room with about a 100-person capacity. 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL • 15

Idea Launched at Festival Goes Viral By Jake Beattie Race to Alaska’s history and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival are inexorably linked. It was around a table in the beer garden at the 2013 Festival where the idea fell out of our collective heads: put up a ridiculous-sounding sum of money as a first prize in a norules race to Alaska, and see what happens. It was at the 2014 Wooden Boat Festival where we formally announced that the race was on for June 2015, and this year we are going to take the opportunity to reconvene teams and fans to celebrate the race just run and make an announcement about 2016. THE WHAT & WHY R2AK was the first engineless boat race between the Lower 48 states and Alaska. It was organized under a set of rules that tried to stay out of the way of the purity of the experience of the racers by prioritizing simplicity, creativity and resiliency as organizing concepts. The rules: • Get a boat without an engine; no limits on length or number of crew, just no engine onboard, including generators. • Be self-supported; racers could get help along the way, but no support boats and no prearranged help of any kind. • Other than two waypoints, free choice of course. • First prize is $10,000. Second prize is a set of steak knives. • No classes or handicaps, “run what you brung,” make a guess at the best boat to make

the trip in and then go. There were a few more rules, but we summed it all up with something we called Rule 8: “If we determine that we need a lawyer to figure out whether you are disqualified or not, you are automatically disqualified.” That’s what it was; why is a bigger subject. Part of it was to reintroduce people to engineless travel, to change the conversation about what investment you really need to make to be on the water. We wanted to prove that you can have a big adventure on a simple and affordable boat, and wanted to celebrate the everyday heroes that are in all of us. For all of its speed and excitement, America’s Cup sailing is unaffordable and more than a bit appalling for how many resources rich people will throw at a boat to eek out another 10th of a knot, so we created what someone coined “The America’s Cup for Dirtbags” – and the adventures born from it were as epic as they were affordable. IN REVIEW 2015 blew our collective minds. When we launched the project a year ago, we thought we might get 10 teams to sign up. We had 55 on the starting line with 38 hoping to go all the way to Ketchikan. When the starting gun went off at 5:30 am on a squally June 4 morning, within minutes Mother Nature’s predatory nature kicked in and the race of attrition began – 13 teams exited in the qualifying leg to Victoria; the first two teams had catastrophic equipment failures within the first hour.

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Race favorites Team Soggy Beavers arrive in Ketchikan in 7th place on June 18. Photo by R2AK staff

The race restarted in Victoria right into the open jaws of a gale force Northerly that blew for a week and caused significant carnage on the second stage of the race to Ketchikan. Only 15 teams successfully completed the race – the fastest in a blistering pace of five days, 1 hour and 55 minutes. There were stories of triumph that grew larger than what could be reduced into a time across the line, and people along the race route came out to support the teams with encouraging words, food, coffee, and dry places to stay. From around the world people read the articles in the New York Times and tuned into the tracker to watch progress – our website got more than 11 million hits during the race. Wow. FESTIVAL DISPLAY Check out the wooden boats of the R2AK on display next to the race booth, or the collection of non-wooden ones just outside of the Festival grounds. There are two presentations during the Festival; check the schedule for details. ABOUT R2AK 2016 Nice try. We announced in early August that we’re going to be doing the race again in 2016,

but we intentionally left the details up in the air. Some say it was to increase the drama, others said it was to get people to buy a few more beers at the Festival, others said it was because we truly didn’t have the details figured out. At least one of those was right. We’re going to make a few announcements about the race during the Blazer Party on Sept. 11, and then follow it up with a Q&A session the next day, and the curious will have to sit in suspended curiosity

until then. Unless you are a cat, we think you’ll do just fine. Still want a hint? The race will largely be the same, with a few significant changes, a few minor ones, and a couple of exciting plot twists ... which is a long-winded version of what we already said: Stay tuned, and come to the Festival to get the straight story on the future. (Jake Beattie is executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center.)

R2AK Blazer Party Friday: Sept. 11 Time: 6-8 pm in the Maritime Meeting Rooms Cost: $25 at the door (no charge for racers)

Come for the race, stay for the blazers. Want to be the first to get the scoop on Race to Alaska (R2AK) 2016? Come rub elbows with R2AK teams, see the second-place steak knives, and hear the details of next year’s challenge at the tradition we just invented: the R2AK Blazer Party. In mock formality, we’ll have a rack of thrift store R2AK emblazoned jackets for the racers to wear. (If they did both stages of the race they get one with two arms.) Space is limited, and unless you were in the race, tickets are $25. Expensive? You bet your ass they are, but in the grand scheme it’s not that much for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and every little bit helps get us out of hock from last year. Plus, you get a free beer, and some snacks! Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

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The Resort at Port Ludlow is one of the Wooden Boat Festival’s biggest sponsors, both in terms of financial sponsorship and in participation to help make the Festival happen. In 2012, they started the Balcony Wine Bar, featuring one of the best views in all of the Festival. The resort management participates by ordering fine wines, and setting up and managing the bar throughout the weekend. Their time, as well as all financial proceeds, is donated to the Festival. In 2012, they also started a shuttle service from the Port Ludlow Resort and Marina in an effort to help with the traffic flow and make it easier for folks to get to the Festival. When our regular Sunday transit service got shut down, they stepped up and included the Haines Place Park-and-Ride on their route to get Festival-goers back to their cars. “We are sponsors because we like participating in the Wooden Boat Festival, and it’s the right thing to do for our community,” said Resort at Port Ludlow General Manager

The Balcony Wine Bar at the Northwest Maritime Center is a place to be for prime viewing of the Sail-by and other Festival events. Photo by Nicholas Johnson

Debbie Wardrop. We know the Festival couldn’t happen without the participation and sponsorship from partners like them. Thank you, Resort at Port Ludlow, for your generous support!

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Immortalized by Steinbeck, the Western Flyer Rebuilt in Port Townsend By Robin Dudley A world-famous boat is undergoing restoration in Port Townsend: the Western Flyer, which carried author John Steinbeck to the Sea of Cortez in 1940. The 76’ wooden vessel features prominently in Steinbeck’s 1951 “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” an account of a six-week biological collecting expedition led by Ed “Doc” Ricketts, Steinbeck’s friend and the hero of his novel “Cannery Row.” “The boat is an intersection of science and literature,” said owner John Gregg, 53, who bought the boat in early 2015 and is having it restored and modified at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op. It’s not an inexpensive task. The boat’s purchase price was about $1 million. “I’ve got a million and a half into it so far and probably another million and a half to go,” Gregg said. In fact, almost any other old workboat in this condition would be broken apart as a derelict vessel. “The boat arguably is worth nothing and yet it’s priceless. It’s one of those things. It’s like a piece of art.” MAN & BOAT Gregg spent his elementary school years in Puyallup, Wash., not far from Tacoma, where the Western Flyer was built and launched in 1937. He has lived many places with his family, since his father was a

The Western Flyer, made famous by John Steinbeck’s “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” (1951), pictured in June 2013 at the Port of Port Townsend Boatyard with Allen Petrich, the grandson of the builder. The boat’s new owner, John Gregg, expects to spend about $2 million to restore it into a “science boat” to be used primarily for student programs. Photo by Robin Dudley

government employee. Gregg is the owner of several companies including Gregg Drilling & Testing and Gregg Marine, Inc., and a boatyard on Monterey Bay. Gregg Marine is one of the world’s leading experts in marine drilling and geotechnical

investigation. His companies own work boats. “You think I’d know enough to know better,” he chuckled about why he would buy a 78-year-old wooden boat that spent about four months under-

water and needs total restoration. Gregg said he doesn’t want the restored Western Flyer to be a tourist attraction doing sunset cruises on Monterey Bay. He wants a working boat

geared toward marine science education. “I see a bunch of kids on it, most of the time.” A team of educators is assembling a curriculum that connects children with researchers on authentic science. Equip-

Western Flyer Timeline 1937 Built in Tacoma, Wash., at Western Boatbuilding Co. Tony Berry, a partner in the boat, entered it in the sardine fishery off Monterey, Calif. Martin Petrich of Western Boatbuilding retained half ownership. 1940 Chartered by Steinbeck and Ricketts for six weeks. 1950 Sold to Armstrong


Fisheries, Ketchikan, Alaska. 1951 Steinbeck’s “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” published. 1952 Sold to Dan Luketa of Seattle, Wash., who renamed it Gemini. 1970 Sold to Whitney-Fidalgo Seafoods of Anacortes, Wash. 1976 Sold to Clarence Fry of Homer, Alaska. 1986 Sold to Ole Knudsen of

Anacortes. 1993 Last season of commercial fishing. 2010 Sold to Gerry Kehoe of Salinas, Calif. Oct. 2012 Sank in Anacortes, raised two weeks later. Nov. 2012 Sank again in Anacortes, raised 14 weeks later. June 2013 Hauled out in Port

Townsend Boat Haven after tow from Anacortes. Sept. 2013 Port of Port Townsend mails owner overdue storage payment notice, which was later settled. April 2015 Sold to John Gregg of Moss Landing, Calif. May 1, 2015 Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op rolls indoors to begin restoration. Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

In March and April of 1940, John Steinbeck and Ed “Doc” Ricketts chartered the Western Flyer out of Monterey, Calif., for a six-week biological collection expedition to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. The original rigging was different than in later years as a commercial fishing boat; the interior remained much the same. Submitted photo

John Gregg, a native of Washington state who lives near Monterey Bay, Calif., bought the Western Flyer sight unseen. While on board in March 2015 to help scrape barnacles, Gregg said he is committed not just to preserve the boat, but to turn it into a floating science program to be used primarily for children. Photo by Patrick J. Sullivan

ment is to include a remotely operated underwater vehicle, “about the size of a microwave,” with a high-definition camera that can go to “full ocean depth, to about 1,000 meters,” Gregg said. The Western Flyer can be a portal for children, from underserved areas along the West Coast, smaller ports and urban areas, Gregg said. There are, he said, “a good number of kids who live within an hour’s drive [who] have never even seen the ocean.” He envisions the boat mostly on day trips, although he hopes to take the Western Flyer to the Sea of Cortez and also to Alaska, a trip Ricketts had planned before his untimely death in 1948. Gregg appreciates the boat’s literary connection. Steinbeck, who died in 1968, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, when his novel “The Grapes of Wrath” won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Though he lives near Monterey, Calif., he was surprised at the initial reaction to his purchase. “I thought this was a little bit of a vanity project for myself, and to have had such an outpouring of happiness from people, it’s amazing.” Gregg basically bought the Western Flyer sight unseen,

with an idea of getting it to California for restoration. He said it only took a few days in the Port Townsend boatyard to realize the level of marine trades knowledge and skill clearly meant “this is where the boat needs to be taken care of.” TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES The Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op was chosen for the job, and crews moved the boat from the yard, where the initial barnacle scraping took place, into Building 1 at the former Townsend Bay Marine complex. A giant cradle was built and the boat was moved onto it with Egyptian rollers, an ancient technology. Gregg cannot satisfy Steinbeck purists who would prefer the boat to be just like it was during the Sea of Cortez adventure. Most of the exterior wood, and all electronic and mechanical systems, will be new. The original engine is missing, and only two of that type of 160-horsepower motors are known to operate. Instead, it will have a custom diesel, hybrid-electric propulsion system that can go “six or seven hours off an initial charge,” Gregg said. Watertight holds below deck are among the safety improvements. “We’re trying to be very true to the original design,” Gregg

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said, praising the hull as “super efficient,” with a “wineglass shape that moves through the water really elegantly.” Chris Chase, lead shipwright on the job, said he is tasked with recreating the vessel as it was in 1940. Seventyfive percent of the materials will be new, he said. Instead of screws, which are used in repair jobs because they hold old wood together, the new fasteners are boat spikes manufactured by the Tremont Nail Company. Co-op shipwrights are replacing every steam-bent frame – 62 pairs – and half of the 18 sawn frames. The frames are oak, up to 18’ long and 3 by 4 1/2” thick. They’re replacing planks as well: 2”-thick lengths of Douglas fir that range up to 30’. “Materials are becoming an issue,” Chase said, “long lengths of fir and long lengths of oak ... These boats were built when the forests were more plentiful.” While materials have changed, traditional boatbuilding has not, said Tim Lee, a Co-op shipwright and woodworker who specializes in historical aspects. “The methods haven’t changed,” he said. “For the most part, the techniques of traditional boat construction are the same.” Planks, frames, and other parts are removed and carefully measured, photographed and laser-scanned. Port Townsend naval architecture firm Tim Nolan Marine Design is using that information to create a line drawing to be used for stability

The Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op designed and built rollers on which the Western Flyer was moved inside May 1, 2015 for a total restoration project. Photo by Robin Dudley

engineering, and developing the propulsion system engineering. The Western Flyer has drawn more attention than any boat in Port Townsend since the 160’ yacht Evviva was launched here in 1993 from the same complex where the Western Flyer now sits. The boat is visible when the building’s huge doors are open. Spectators are welcome, but for safety, people must keep their distance. Pleased to see a Pacific Northwest workboat get so much attention – at least 10 people a day stop by to look –

Lee and Chase discussed the boom in local shipbuilding in the 1930s and 40s, “the machines, the timber, the trades” driving so much new boat construction, which represents the best engineering of the era. “And they’re made to be repaired,” Lee said. “All these boats have great history,” Chase said. “This one is just well documented.” (Robin Dudley, a writer and photographer with the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, has crewed aboard more than 10 tall ships.)

Learn more, see more

Visit the special Western Flyer Exhibit in the Pope Marine Building, in the plaza outside Wooden Boat Festival grounds, from noon to 4 pm, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. Festival admission is required. View the boat itself at the Port of Port Townsend Boatyard (far end of town) from noon to 4 pm, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. Viewing through the open door at Port Townsend Shipwright Co-op’s newest building (look for the tallest of the blue buildings). Vehicle parking nearby, or at the Haines Place Park-and-Ride. 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL • 21

The 1907 schooner Martha left Port Townsend on Aug. 23, 2014 on a long-aspired adventure. In the past year, she has sailed to her original homeport of San Francisco, raced classic yachts along the coast of California and competed in the 2,250 mile TransPac race from Long Beach to Honolulu. The nonprofit Schooner Martha Foundation, which owns her, raised in excess of $100,000 to reach this current goal. Support came from local and regional foundations, individuals and local Port Townsend marine trades companies. Crew members learned offshore seamanship skills and Martha qualified for ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Category 1, (Offshore Racing). On Aug. 28, 2014 Martha once again sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge. She was hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club, as Martha is

Schooner Martha Sails the TransPac their oldest surviving flagship. She later traveled to the Channel Islands, San Diego, and on south into the Sea of Cortez. In the spring she returned to Southern California for America’s Schooner Cup, the Yesteryear Regatta and on to San Francisco for the Master Mariner’s Benevolent Association regatta and Great San Francisco Schooner Race. She was warmly welcomed at each event, with a standing invitation to return. At every port, Captain d’Arcy gave presentations on Martha’s history, restoration, and sail-training programs. The restoration was accomplished by many volunteers giving countless hours of their time, and from inkind donations from marine trades businesses in Port Townsend and beyond. He described Martha’s sailingtraining program for young people. In July, Martha sailed to

The Martha crew that departed Port Townsend Aug. 23, 2014, included (back, from left) Mary d’Arcy, Rosie Lund, Sarah Katz, Christopher Hanke, Meryl Friets; (front) Robert d’Arcy, Holly Kays, Anne Aldrich and (not pictured) Chris Grace, Doug Jones, Deb Dominici, Pat Vineyard and Craig Johnson. The schooner returns to Port Townsend for Wooden Boat Festival. Photo by Meryl Friets 22 • 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

The 84-foot schooner Martha, built in 1907 and homeported in Port Townsend, Wash., completed the 2,250mile TransPac race in the summer of 2015. Photo by Schooner Martha Foundation

Long Beach for the major event of TransPac 2015. The TransPac Race was established in 1906, so it seemed like an authentic test for her – and she passed with flying colors. Martha completed the 2,250-mile race course by sailing 2,411 miles in 13 days, 7 hours, 28 minutes and 32 seconds. For 96 hours, Martha maintained a nine-knot average. Records indicate that winners of those first races in the early 1900s took almost exactly that long. Martha hit new record top speeds and sailed solid and true. Her captain and crew couldn’t be more proud. On board during the TransPac were Robert d’Arcy, watch captain Anne Aldrich, main trimmers John Callahan and Doug Jones, staysail trimmer Mary d’Arcy, headsail trimmers Deb Dominici and Sara Katz, navigator Craig Johnson, Pat Vinyard at the mast, Holly Kays at mid-bow and Christopher Hanke in the bow. Martha is now returned home to Port Townsend. She is making the history of her

next century, and it’s only just begun. To support Martha’s care

and her youth sailing programs, go to schoonermartha.org.

The schooner Martha expects to arrive, with special escort, in Port Townsend Bay on Thursday, Sept. 10, to dock at Point Hudson Marina. The local boat has been on an adventure since August 2014. Photo by Irv Mortensen

Sailing the 2015 TransPac

Come share in Martha’s epic adventures of 2015, including racing in the TransPac. She’s the oldest vessel (108 years) to have successfully completed the race. Captain Robert d’Arcy shares slides and stories of our hometown Port Townsend schooner and her offshore sailing adventures. Welcome back Schooner Martha!

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Friday 9 am - 6 pm Saturday 9 am - 6 pm Sunday 9 am - 5 pm Live music until midnight Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage.


NWMC Members: Visit Membership desk at MAIN GATE for your free tickets! Non-Members: 12 & under: FREE Adult: 1-day $15 or 3-day $30 Senior (65+): 1-day $10 or 3-day $20 Active Military: 1-day $10 or 3-day $20 Teen: (13-19): 1-day $10 or 3-day $20


Parking downtown anywhere near the Festival is extremely limited; please consider one of these options:


If you live in town, or could have someone drop you off downtown, please consider this option!

RIDE YOUR BIKE Park your bike at Bike Harbor, just outside Festival entrance. Bikes are NOT allowed inside the Festival grounds.


Shuttles run all day Friday and Saturday from the Haines Place Parkand-Ride (adjacent to Safeway along the main highway) and Festival. Cost: Your wristband gets you into all $1 each way. No service is available on talks, demonstrations, boats, kids’ activities, on-the-water opportunities, Sunday except through the Resort at Port Ludlow shuttle. races, exhibitors and music.


Thank you for understanding that due to safety concerns (for both humans and dogs), we DO NOT allow dogs on Festival grounds. Please make other arrangements for your canine companion! There are several day-boarding options available: Dog Townsend: dogtownsend.com, 360-379-3388 Frog Mountain Pet Care: frogmountainpetcare.com, 360-385-2957 Lulu’s B&B for Dogs: lulusfordogs. com, 360-301-5151

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The Resort at Port Ludlow runs shuttles daily between the Port Ludlow Marina and the regular shuttle stop at the Festival in downtown Port Townsend. The 24-passenger step-on van ride is free, and stops at the Haines Place Park-andRide as well. Friday Hours: Depart Port Ludlow on the Even Hour, starting at noon. Last shuttle at 10 pm. Depart Festival on the Odd Hour, starting at 1 pm. Last shuttle at 11 pm. Saturday Hours: Depart Port Ludlow on the Even Hour, starting at 8 am. Last shuttle at 10 pm. Depart Festival on the Odd Hour, starting at 9 am. Last shuttle at 11 pm. Sunday Hours: Depart Port Ludlow on the Even Hour, starting at 8 am. Last shuttle at 4 pm. Depart Festival on the Odd Hour, starting at 9 am. Last shuttle at 5 pm.

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This is paid parking; all proceeds support the maintenance and operation of Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field, through Jefferson County Parks & Recreation. Hours: Friday: 8 am - 10 pm Saturday: 7 am - 10 pm Sunday: 8 am - 5 pm All vehicles must exit each night; gates locked at 10 pm. Cost: Friday, all day: $10 Saturday, all day: $20 Saturday, after 4 pm: $10 Sunday, all day: $10 Weekend Pass: $30 Over 30’ long: extra $10


Stop by the Festival HQ, located at the base of the Point Hudson Marina near the Exhibitor Gate, for: • Medical tent for first aid or to report missing persons • Lost and Found • Answers to your Festival questions • Last minute changes and additions to daily schedule • Wristband purchase The Wooden Boat Festival is staffed by hundreds of volunteers who are here to help. Festival Staff are wearing blue STAFF T-shirts, and Festival Volunteers are wearing gray CREW T-shirts.


Accommodations can be hard to find for the Wooden Boat Festival weekend! There are two excellent online directories for finding available lodging: PTguide: ptguide.com EnjoyPT: enjoypt.com Book now for next year’s Festival:

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The HMS Erebus bell, as originally found by Parks Canada underwater archeologists. Photo by Parks Canada

History Highlight Bill Noon Led by Sir John Franklin, 129 men set sail from England in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage. The expedition boasted the most technologically advanced ship of that time, with thousands of provisions that were to last for three years. After four years with no word from the expedition, the Royal Navy and the public decided to launch several search and rescue expeditions to locate the lost expedition. For several years, the rescue expeditions yielded only bits and pieces of the expedition’s final days. One of the most significant finds in these rescue expeditions was three well-preserved (due to the cold temperatures) corpses

of the Franklin expedition buried in one of the small rock islands dotting arctic Canada. After 150 years of searching, in September 2014 the lost Franklin ship was found in the icy waters of the Arctic. Bill Noon, captain of the Coast Guard ship that found the Franklin Expedition’s lost ship Erebus, gives a presentation on this exciting discovery. “Erebus was one of the great exploration ships of its era, of any era,” says John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “To find it in such an incredible state of preservation represents a great moment for Canada, for Britain, and for those throughout the world with an interest in geography and exploration.” Come hear the firsthand account of their success after centuries of failed attempts. Sat Noon - 1:00 Sun 9:30 - 10:30 Olympic and Cascade Rooms

Principal Sponsors

Resort at Port Ludlow Wilder Toyota Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader Port of Port Townsend SEA Marine


Literary Highlight

Technical Highlight

Michael Tougias This author of 18 books gives two dramatic presentations on the two true story thriller books he co-authored: “Rescue of the Bounty” and “The Finest Hours.” See page 14 for a story about the sinking of the Bounty, and to learn more about Tougias and “The Finest Hours.”

Ralph Naranjo Don’t miss the opportunity to learn directly from this technical expert, author, and one of the most respected sailors around. Ralph has been an authoritative voice in the marine community for more than 30 years, and is currently the electronics editor of SAIL magazine and the technical editor of Practical Sailor. During his 10-year stint as the Vanderstar Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy, he augmented safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the new sail-training sloops purchased by the Navy. His sailing background includes a five-year family voyage around the world, the management and development of a full-service boatyard, and a regular written presence in boating magazines, journals and books. He and his wife, Lenore, have made two other lengthy cruises aboard Wind Shadow, a 41’ sloop the Naranjos have owned for more than three decades. During the past 15 years he has moderated U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars across the country, and now as an adjunct lecturer

Rescue of the Bounty: Dramatic visual presentation of the sinking of the Bounty and the harrowing rescue of the crew by the Coast Guard will have people on the edge of their seats. Sun Noon - 1:00 Cascade Room The Finest Hours The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of two oil tankers during a brutal storm off the coast of New England in 1952. This dramatic story is being made into a film, due to be released Jan. 29, 2016. Book sales and signings follow the presentation. Sat 3:45 - 4:45 Olympic and Cascade Rooms

2015 Sponsors Prominent Sponsors

WoodenBoat Magazine Center for Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology Edensaw Woods, LLC First Federal Savings & Loan Harbors Magazine MV COHO Magazine Port Townsend Paper Corp . Small Craft Advisory The Hydration Station

Primary Sponsors

Port Townsend Brewing Co . Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building Sirens Pub Lee Valley Tools Waggoner Cruising Guide Platt Irwin/NTI Fisheries Supply

at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, he and school owner John Martino are developing a new line of courses tailored to specific cruising interests. The Art of Seamanship: Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather This presentation opens with a look at self-reliance and how the pleasure of cruising goes hand-in-hand with crew competence. Passage planning, weather awareness, anchoring and handling heavy weather all play into the picture. Sat 2:30 - 3:30 Cascade Room Tech Talk: From Paint to Sail Handling Hardware A behind-the-scenes look at how the Practical Sailor crew sea trials and scrutinizes marine products. Practical Sailor is well known for its independent and deeply researched reviews of boats and marine gear. They are the authoritative voice of the serious sailor. Sun 10:45 - 11:45 Olympic and Cascade Rooms

Portal Sponsors

48° North Admiral Ship Supply Artshots Barkley Sound Bags Carl’s Lumber Key City Public Theatre Good Man Sanitation KPTZ Inland Waters Press OffCenterHarbor .com OlympusNet Rainshadow Properties Soak on the Sound SOS Printing Sunrise Coffee Co . Vessel Assist

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 5:30 pm Tony and the Roundabouts 6:30 pm Southbound 8:30 pm Lowire

BALCONY WINE BAR Sponsored by the Resort at Port Ludlow, this venue features premium wines and microbrews with a spectacular view of the Port Townsend Bay. Located on the deck of the Northwest Maritime Center, up the stairs from the Main Gate. Friday: Noon-8 pm Saturday: Noon-8 pm Sunday: Noon-5 pm

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 Noon Steve Grandinetti 1 pm Bellajack 2 pm Mike and Val 3 pm Jack and Joe 4 pm Anika Pearl 5 pm Pies on the Run 6 pm Awards 6:15 pm Kevin Mason and the Yacht Club 8 pm Delta Rays SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 11 am Bertram Levy Noon Buck Ellard 1 pm Pint and Dale 2 pm Tania Opland and Mike Freeman 3 pm Pint and Dale 4 pm Jim Nyby and the F Street Band 5 pm The Whateverly Brothers 6 pm Awards 6:15 pm Toolshed Trio 8 pm Uncle Funk and the Dope 6

BAR HARBOR Home of the Main Stage, this is a traditional beer tent, with live music all day and big nighttime dances Friday and Saturday. Great place to get out of the sun at lunch time or have a beer at the end of the day. Located at the base of the Marina next to the Food Court. Thursday: 5-11 pm Friday: 10 am-midnight Saturday: 10 am-midnight Sunday: 10 am-5 pm WEE NIP MERCHANT SALOON This little watering hole is a wonderful replica of an old merchant saloon, located right on the water with a spectacular view of the boats coming and going. You’ll find it at the very end of The Point. Thursday: Private Party Fri-Sun: “When we get there, ‘til we close”

SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 11 am Joe Euro Noon Pint and Dale 1 pm Watch the Sky 2 pm Time and Tide 3 pm Happenstance

Food Vendors Ballard Brothers Burgers: Gourmet burgers and blackened chicken salads, sandwiches, fries Bangkok Bistro: Tasty Thai food Churchill’s Victorian Oven: Baked potatoes – located on the Commons Excellent Kettle Corn: Several flavors! The Green Cup: Organic coffee and teas In Season Catering: The salmon cart is back! Java Gypsy: PT’s favorite mobile coffee – located on the Point Kokopelli Grill: Halibut and chips; cod and chips Little O’s: Mini doughnuts Lopez Island Ice Cream: A festival favorite Mo-Chilli BBQ: Delicious barbecue – located on the Point Olgita’s: Traditional Latin American tapas Ray’s Food: Elephant ears and corn dogs The Seafood Spot: Local crab cakes and chowders Shanghai Restaurant: Local Chinese food Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus: Authentic German bratwurst

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Although the Festival officially closes at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, music goes on until midnight at the Bar Harbor Main Stage. Photo by Kevin Mason 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL • 25


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WESTERN FLYER EXHIBITION Visit the exhibition just outside the Festival gates for Q&A about the boat, hear about its history, and learn about restoration plans. Open Friday & Saturday noon to 4 pm. AUTHORS TENT Meet authors, buy books, and have your books signed by many of the published presenters here at the Festival. 26 • 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

POP-UP MARITIME MUSEUM Featuring maritime curios from around the world.

PILOTHOUSE TOURS Come check out the state-of-the-art ship’s simulator. Open Friday & Saturday noon to 4 pm, and Sunday noon to 3 pm. Meet at the top of the stairs of the Northwest Maritime Center.

PADDLEBOARD POOL Come try standup paddleboarding or just have a seat and cool off at our oasis on The Point! Sponsored by Fisheries Supply.

EDENSAW BOATBUILDING CHALLENGE Visit teams working throughout the weekend to build a boat from start to finish! Boats launch at 1 pm Sunday at the Wee Nip launch site; winner has to successfully navigate (not sink) and make it to the beach in front of the Commons.

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3D Wood Maps WBW 48° North R2AK Air Head Composting Toilet P American Rope & Tar AA Barkley Sound Bags AR Beach Combers Artwork AR Benford Design Group WBW Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site MG Chesapeake Light Craft P Clearwood Paddleboards P Club Sunglass, Inc WBW Creature Comforts AR Crispin’s Import Gallery AR Edensaw Woods, LLC P Electric Paddle/PropEle Electric Boat Motors P Festival Chandlery HQ Fiberglass Supply P Golden Dove Marine P Greener Valley Trading LLC WBW Gregg’s A-List AR H&C Marine / CeMarineAmericas AA Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC HQ Harbors Magazine WBW Island Marine Instrument Co, Inc. AA Kangan Water HQ Lee Valley Tools BS MAS Epoxies P New Found Metals, Inc WBW NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding MG NW Center for Excellence MG Petit Paint MG Port of Port Angeles WBW Port Townsend School of Woodworking P Race to Alaska R2AK Rescue Tape NW WBW SEA Marine HQ Small Craft Advisor C System Three Resins, Inc. P Tippecanoe Boats P WA Department of Fish and Wildlife AR Washington Sea Grant C West Line Leather Co AR West Marine WBW West System Inc. P Wooden Boat Publication WBW

CLASSROOMS UPSTAIRS Olympic Room Cascade Room Discovery Room Explorer Room

Western Flyer Exhibit POPE MARINE PARK


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Maritime West “Olympic”


Maritime East “Cascade”

Discovery Room

Explorer Room

Sail Loft

Boatyard Stage

Woodworking Stage I


Steam Bending 9:30-10:15

Care and Feeding of the Magnetic Compass 9:30-10:30



Trade Wind Sailing 10:45-11:45





10 things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Cruising 12:00-1:00


Lessons Learned: Sailing a 24ft boat from PT to New Zealand 1:15-2:15


Owning a Classic Wooden Motor Yacht 10:45-11:45



Celestial Navigation 12:00-1:00


Rigging & Tuning a Wooden Boat: The Hull and Rig in Harmony 1:15-2:15



Restoring a Traditional Sailing Vessel: What You Should Know 12:00-1:00


Intro to Electronic Navigation 1:15-2:15



Convergence - A Voyage Through French Polynesia 2:30-3:30


Rowing the Viking Stepping Stone Route 10:45-11:45

Yacht Designer Panel Q & A

Clouds: A Sailor’s Telltales in the Sky 2:30-3:30


2:45– 4:30


R2AK Blazer Party 5:30

6-8 pm – Maritime Meeting Rooms $25

Celebrate the first ever R2AK!



Electric Propulsion 12:00-1:00


The Conversion of a Troller to the Cruiser Sockeye 1:15-2:15


When Good Fuel Goes Bad 2:30-3:30


Working With Handsaws 11:30-12:15


Cruising Happily in Small Boats 1:15-2:15


Care and Feeding of Your Outboard 2:30-3:30


Choosing and Using Hand Planes 12:30-1:15


Mortice and Tenons 1:30-2:15


Coopering 2:30-3:15

Dovetails 3:30-4:15


Building a SCAMP Sailboat: What You Need to Know Before Starting 3:45-4:45


Oceanography on the Dock 10 am

Boat Electrical and Battery Innovations 10:30-11:15 TED PIKE

Wood for Boat Building 11:30-12:15


Composting Toilets 12:00-1:00


Why We Sailed to Alaska 6 Times 3:45-4:45



Design By Hand and Eye 10:45-11:45

Sharpening 10:30-11:15

Working Sail Loft – OPEN HOUSE





Stories of the Martha 9:30-10:30

Boat Building Stage


Sawstop Table Saw Demo 12:30-1:15

Julia Maynard Varnishing 1:30-2:15


26’ and Under Working With Race Epoxy & Fiberglass 2:30 pm 2:30-3:15


Block Making 3:30-4:15

Stage sponsor:

NW Center of Excellence CAROL HASSE

Essentials of Sailmaking 4:30-6:00

Sea Shanteys 7-11 pm – Marina Rooms

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Cruising Without Refrigeration 9:30-10:30

Maritime East “Cascade” JAKE BEATTIE & DANIEL EVANS

R2AK – The Race to Alaska! 9:30-10:30

Discovery Room

Explorer Room


The Widow Wave - The Little Known Danger of Coincident Waves 9:30-10:30

Sail Loft




Building Boat Interiors 10:45-11:45

Woodworking Stage I


Care and Feeding of the Magnetic Compass 9:30-10:30 Essentials of Sailmaking 10:00-11:30


Owning a Classic Wooden Motor Yacht 10:45-11:45


Varnishing – Brush Technique 10:00-11:30


Choosing and Using Western Hand Saws 10:30-11:15

Sharpening 11:30-12:15


Imprudent Behavior: Preparing The Rebuild of the a 26’ Wooden Boat DENNIS ARMSTRONG Gaff Cutter Vixen & an Inexperienced Tying Thump Mats Skipper for the 12:00-1:00 and Other Flat Inside Passage Things 12:00-1:00 12:00-1:15 LES SCHNICK

Finding Franklin’s Ship HMS EREBUS in the NW Passage 12:00-1:00

R2AK Racers Wooden Boats in the Race to Alaska 1:15-2:15


Olive Odyssey Sailing the Trade Routes of the Phoenicians 2:30-3:30


All the Latest iPad and Tablet Navigation Apps 1:15-2:15


Restoring Dorothy, The Oldest Sailboat in Canada 1:15-2:15


Rigging For Improved and Enhanced Sailing 1:15-2:15


Sail Handwork – Rings, Slides and Leather 1:30-2:30


Care and Feeding of Your Outboard 12:00-1:00

The Art of Seamanship 2:30-3:30

Building Whitehalls for Operation Grand Canyon - a BBC Expedition 2:30-3:30


Drawknives and Spokeshaves 12:30-1:15




Building Cedar Pocock Shells 3:45-4:45


Oceanography on the Dock 10:30 10 am

Fillets and Bonding 10:30-11:15

Composting Toilets 1:15-2:15


Plywood Boat Construction 2:30-3:30


Varnishing Tips and Tricks 2:30-3:30


Get Your Captain’s License 3:45-4:45


Lapstrake Boatbuilding 11:30-12:15


Carvel Planking 12:30-1:15


Smoothing With Planes 1:30-2:15


NW Coast Adzes 2:30-3:15

Fiberglassing Over Wood 3:30-4:15


Sawstop Table Saw Demo 1:30-2:15

Sea Life Snorkel 2 pm

Fisherpoets 6 pm – Olympic Room

Fisherpoets create poetry from their labor and their life on the water as members of the commercial fishing industry.



Vacuum Bagging Veneers 2:30-3:15

NW Schooner Cup 3 pm



Spar Making 3:30-4:15 Stage sponsor:

NW Center of Excellence

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The Finest Hours 3:45-4:45


Rowing Race 9 am







Boat Building Stage

Caulking 9:30-10:15


Cruising the West The 11 Year Voyage Coast of Vancouver of Vixen – Closing Island the Circle 10:45-11:45 10:45-11:45

Boatyard Stage


Sea Shanteys 7-11 pm – Marina Rooms

Come share the music, history and lore in song!



Maritime West “Olympic” 9:30



Writing at Sea: Keep a Log that Will Become a Great Book 9:30-10:30


Maritime East “Cascade”

Discovery Room



Finding Franklin’s HMS EREBUS in the NW Passage 9:30-10:30

7 Years On a 31-Footer, and Still Married! 9:30-10:30

Explorer Room

Sail Loft

Boatyard Stage STEWART PUGH


Inflatable Boat Repair & Maintenance 9:30-10:30

Your Sextant 9:30-10:30

Woodworking Stage I TIM LAWSON


The 11 Year Voyage of Vixen – Closing the Circle 10:45-11:45

Practical Sailor Tech Talk 10:45-11:45




Understanding Puget Sound and Inside Passage Cruising Weather 12:00-1:00


Rescue of the Bounty 12:00-1:00


Celestial Navigation 12:00-1:00


The Art of Rope Fenders 12:00-2:15


Plywood Kits for Larger Boats 1:15-2:15


10 things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Cruising 1:15-2:15



What Works on Katie Mae 10:45-11:45

NOAA’s Green Ships Initiative at 20 Years 10:45-11:45


What They Don’t Tell You about Restoring a Classic Wooden Boat 1:15-2:15

Dovetails 10:30-11:15


S ail Loft Closed Sunday


Carving NW Canoes 11:30-12:15


Fiberglassing Over Wood 12:30-1:15



Sharpening 9:30-10:15

Chopping Rabbets 9:30-10:15


Boat Building Stage


Sawstop Table Saw Demo 10:30-11:15

Bell Tolls 10 am

Model Boat Races 10:30 am


Traditional Boat Building Tools 11:30-12:15

Pirate Treasure Hunt Noon


Traditional Wood Planes 12:30-1:15

Edensaw Challenge Launch 1 pm


Marine Sanitation Systems 1:30-2:15


Stage sponsor:

NW Center of Excellence

Sail By 3 pm


4:30 Sept . 10 H 2:20 7 .1 L 8:48 0 .8 H 16:21 8 .3 L 21:40 4 .2

5:30 Sea shanteys are a regular part of the Wooden Boat Festival’s musical entertainment. Photo by Kevin Mason


Tides & Daylight (All heights in feet, 24-hour clock) Sept . 11 H 3:14 7 .2 L 9:27 1 .0 H 16:48 8 .2 L 22:08 3 .7

Sunrise 6:41-6:45

Sept . 12 H 4:01 7 .3 L 10:02 1 .3 H 17:09 8 .1 L 22:36 3 .2

Sept . 13 H 4:43 7 .4 L 10:37 1 .7 H 17:28 8 .1 L 23:06 2 .7

Sunset 7:34-7:28

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44th Annual Crafts by the Dock

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Arts & Crafts Fair SEPTEMBER 12 & 13

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm • Madison Street, Downtown one block from the Wooden Boat Festival grounds in the PT Civic District

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We have so many sponsors, volunteers and supporters that share and value this event that the Wooden Boat Festival truly feels like a community labor of love. There are many ways to connect with and be a part of the Wooden Boat Festival, and we thank you all for your unwavering support! Thank you, Sponsors! Our major sponsors this year are: Wilder Toyota, Resort at Port Ludlow, Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, SEA Marine. We thank you for your generous support. We could not produce the Festival without the additional in-kind and financial contributions from these sponsors: 48° North, Admiral Ship Supply, Art Shots, Barkley Sound Bags, Carl’s Lumber, Center for Excellence, Coho/ Phillips Publishing, Edensaw Woods, First Federal Savings and Loan, Fisheries, Goodman Sanitation, Harbors Magazine, Inland Water Press, Key City Public Theater, KPTZ radio PT, Lee Valley Tools, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, OffCenterHarbor.com, OlympusNet, Platt Irwin/NTI, Port Townsend Brewing, Port Townsend Paper Corp., Rainshadow Properties, Sirens Pub, Small Craft Advisory, Soak on the Sound, SOS Printing, Sunrise Coffee, The Hydration Station – Kangen Water, Vessel Assist, Waggoner Cruising Guide, and WoodenBoat Magazine. Thank you, Boat Owners! We wouldn’t have a Festival without the boats and the boat owners. Your dedication to your boats is honored here! We appreciate those that spend all summer working on their boats, those that spend all summer playing on their boats, and everyone in between. Because of your love and care of your beautiful vessels, we have something to celebrate – this is your party! Thanks for coming and sharing your passion and joy with us. Thank you, Point Hudson Neighbors! We so appreciate our neighbors and their support of Wooden Boat Festival! Thank you PT Sails, Brion Toss Rig-

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ging, Port Townsend Canvas, SEA Marine, Washington State University, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Shanghai Restaurant, Point Hudson Café, Doc’s Marina Grill, Commander’s Beach House, The Gathering Place, Velocity, Point Hudson Boat Shop, Puget Sound Express, and Pygmy Boats. Thank you, Festival Captains, Staff and Volunteers! We have a collection of colorful characters, the best of the best, who help make this weekend what it is. They do it with laughter, thoughtfulness, humility and beer. This is an amazing team – some of these committee captains and volunteers have been doing this for decades, and their dedication is humbling and inspiring. Wooden Boat Festival continues to grow and be refined by all your ideas and thoughtfulness, and it’s a joy to be part of such a dedicated team! Many thanks to: Jordan Pollack, medical team; Joel Goldstein, AV support; John Mottola, greeters; Chuck Henry, docks; Carrie Andrews, graphics & signage;


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Hampton, the ice guy! Thank you, Staff of NWMC! We have the privilege of working all year long with some of the brightest, most fun, “can do” people around, and we’re grateful for all the extra things you do both up front and behind the scenes to help make Wooden Boat Festival happen. Thank you Catherine Leporati, Len Maranan-Goldstein, Ace Spragg, Carrie Andrews, Nancy Israel, Jef Waibel, Eileen Johnston, Shirley Reynolds, Joy McDonald, Carol Baker, Kim Brooks, Kimberly Montgomery, Chris Dewees, Scott Jones, Sonja Frojen, Gord Laco, Rick Heim and Danny Brown. And special thanks to Jake Beattie, our fearless leader! Thank you, Founders, Board, and Longtime Supporters! After 39 years, how wonderful that many of the founders of the Wooden Boat Festival continue to be involved and help keep the spirit alive. We are so lucky to have long-time Wooden Boat Foundation members Alex Spear, Ted Pike, Kim Aldrich,

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Teaching traditional skills: The Wooden Boat Festival offers plenty of unique opportunities and activities, on land and water. Maritime education, for people of all ages and skills, remains the key plank to the Wooden Boat Foundation’s mission. This is a Woodworking Stage scene. Photo by Nicholas Johnson

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The 39th Wooden Boat Festival is pleased to share our faculty list and their presentation topics and times. ROSS ANDERSON – Ross wrote about fisheries and maritime issues for more than 30 years at the Seattle Times and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Valdez Oil Spill.

Writing at Sea: Keep a Log That Will Become a Great Book Sun 9:30 - 10:30 OLYMPIC ROOM COLIN ANGUS – Colin has made a career exploring remote parts of the world including the first human-powered circumnavigation of the world. Together with his wife, Julie, they design and produce expedition rowing craft.

Olive Odyssey – Sailing the Trade Routes of the Phoenicians Sat 2:30 - 3:30 OLYMPIC ROOM

DENNIS ARMSTRONG – Owner of Knotted Line, Redmond, Wash., WBF veteran and instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Dennis is a walking reference on objects made of rope.

Tying Thump Mats and Other Flat Things Sat Noon - 1:15 SAIL LOFT The Art of Rope Fenders Sun Noon - 1:30 EXPLORER ROOM PETER BAILEY – After four years in U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue, Peter apprenticed as a boatbuilder in Sausalito, Calif. He had another apprenticeship as Historic Rigger at Mystic Seaport, then repaired and rebuilt fishing vessels and yachts. He also crewed on various large schooners and square-riggers in every job from Seaman to Captain. He designed and built a modified Slocum “Spray,” launched in 1984, and has sailed it extensively on the West Coast. After ten years in

the film business he returned to the marine trades, moving to Port Townsend in 2008.

Caulking Sat 9:30 - 10:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE Traditional Boatbuilding Tools Sun 11:30 - 12:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE JAKE BEATTIE – Jake is the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center with a background in sail training and on-the-water experiential education. His current sailing pursuits are primarily “hermit crab cruises” – buying small boats in foreign countries for sailing expeditions, then selling the boats at the end of the trip. His last trip was three weeks in Baja on a Hobie 16.

Race to Alaska! Sat 9:30 - 10:30 CASCADE ROOM

JAY BENFORD – Jay has been getting paid to do yacht design work since 1962. He apprenticed with John Atkin in Connecticut, worked for several boatbuilding operations, and opened his own yacht design office in 1969. After living and cruising in the Pacific Northwest for 18 years, he has spent the last 30 years on the Chesapeake Bay. His work is largely cruising boats, both sail and power, with a large percentage of them being used as liveaboards.

BRUCE BLATCHLEY – Bruce is a graduate of, and instructor at, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. After graduation, he honed his skills as a shipwright and teacher around the Salish Sea, and was recruited by the Boat Building Facility in Taichang, China.

Yacht Designers Panel Q&A Fri 2:45 - 4:30 CASCADE ROOM

Working with Epoxy & Fiberglass Fri 2:30 - 3:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE

JONI BLANCHARD – Joni’s been varnishing/oiling and painting boats here in Port Townsend for 27 years. Three years ago, she authored the book “Tricks, Cheating & Chingaderos – A Collection of Knowledge and Tips for Varnishing/Painting Wooden Boats”.

Varnishing Tips and Tricks Sat 2:30 - 4:00 BOATYARD STAGE

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STEVE BROWN – One of the leading scholars and craftsmen of traditional Northwest Coast arts, Steve also teaches toolmaking and carving. He is also known for his work in tribal artifact restoration.

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Carving NW Coast Canoes Sun 11:30 - 12:15 WOODWORKING STAGE MARK BUNZEL – Mark is the owner of Fine Edge Publishing and publisher and editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. He is a long time boater, pilot, writer, photographer, U.S. Coast Guard– licensed Master, scuba diver, cyclist, WBF veteran and more than we have space to mention.

All the Latest iPad and Tablet Navigation Apps Sat 1:15 - 2:15 CASCADE ROOM Understanding Puget Sound and Inside Passage Cruising Weather Sun Noon - 1:00 OLYMPIC ROOM STEVE CHAPIN – Steve is a Port Townsend boatbuilder who has inherited the legacy of building the legendary Pocock rowing shells. Pocock Shells set the standard for most of the 20th century in collegiate and Olympic rowing. With equipment and cedar stock from Pocock and his own boatbuilding skills, Steve Chapin is carrying the Pocock Classic Cedar Single tradition into the 21st century.

Yacht Designers Panel Q&A Fri 2:45 - 4:30 CASCADE ROOM Building Cedar Pocock Shells Sat 3:45 - 4:45 DISCOVERY ROOM ABEL DANCES – With over 20 years experience in carpentry and hand tools, Abel now leads the Foundations of Woodworking Intensive at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Working with Handsaws Fri 11:30 - 12:15 WOODWORKING STAGE Dovetails Fri 3:30 - 4:15 WOODWORKING STAGE SAM DEVLIN – With over 30 years as a boat designer and builder, his expertise with stitch and glue construction is highly respected. Sam has participated in virtually all of the Wooden Boat Festivals (this is his 38th!) and made numerous boat trips to Alaska.

Yacht Designers Panel Q&A Fri 2:45 - 4:30 CASCADE ROOM

Ben Kahn, who presents two topics at the Festival, is an instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock. He has led the construction of more than 20 wooden boats ranging from 11 to 22 feet. Photo by Tristan Hiegler

DUDLEY DIX – Dudley is an award-winning yacht designer, working in all types and materials but with a special affinity to amateur projects. He has built three large boats and many smaller ones, all from marine plywood. His boats are being built by amateur and professional builders in nearly 90 countries. Dudley has sailed extensively in the notorious Cape of Good Hope area, which are his home waters. He has also sailed across the South Atlantic four times, racing boats of his own design.

Plywood Boatbuilding Methods Sat 2:30 - 3:30 EXPLORER ROOM CHRIS DUFF – Join Chris as he takes you onboard his 19’ ocean rower and introduces you to the islands, the people, and the history of the North Atlantic. Chris’s journey was filled with the challenges of the North Atlantic; its winds and its stormy seas; as well as the warmth and welcome of the island people.


Rowing the Viking Stepping Stone Route Fri 10:45 - 11:45 CASCADE ROOM MICHAEL EFFLER – Michael has bought and restored a wide variety of boats: an 18’ centerboard Cat boat, a 33’ Kings Amethyst center cockpit cutter, a Sparkman & Stephens 40’ yawl, a Sam Rabel pocket cruiser, a Hugh Angleman gaff rigged ketch, a Simon Fletcher runabout, various sailing and rowing skiffs as well as the object of his presentation, a 1930’s Stephens Bros 45’ bridge deck cruiser.

What We Did For Love… Fri Noon - 1:00 DISCOVERY ROOM What They Don’t Tell You About Restoring a Classic Wooden Boat Sun 1:15 - 2:15 DISCOVERY ROOM TOBI ELIOT – Tobi is a documentary producer and filmmaker based in Gabriola Island, B.C. who profiles extraordinary people. She is

currently directing and producing a 1-hour film “Between Wood and Water: the Dorothy Story” about the restoration of Canada’s oldest sailboat for the B.C. Maritime Museum.

Alaska Race Boss position – and he delivered an extraordinary inaugural race while coordinating on the water safety with nine agencies in two countries. Also, he didn’t sleep much.

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Race to Alaska! Sat 9:30 - 10:30 CASCADE ROOM

NANCY ERLEY – Nancy is a sail instructor, two-time circumnavigator aboard her boat Tethys, founder of Tethys Offshore Sailing for Women and an internationally acclaimed speaker and WBF veteran.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Cruising Fri Noon - 1:00 OLYMPIC ROOM Sun 1:15 - 2:30 CASCADE ROOM DANIEL EVANS – Daniel began sailing at age 4 and has extensive maritime experience on everything from Outward Bound Longboats to the Schooner Adventuress. He was the only person considered for the Race to

JOE GREZ – Joe is a WBF veteran, lifelong boater, part of the winning team in the 2009 NASA Power Beaming Challenge (a real space elevator), and is so obsessed with marine electric propulsion he started his own company. He recently competed in his first offshore solar boat race.

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transited the Panama Canal, and wintered in Hawaii. Their trip has been documented by frequent articles in WoodenBoat magazine and Yachting World.

The 11 Year Voyage of Vixen – Closing the Circle Sat 10:45 - 11:45 CASCADE ROOM

Restoring Dorothy, The Oldest Sail Boat in Canada Sat 1:15 - 2:15 DISCOVERY ROOM STEVEN HABERSETZER – A teacher at both the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and the Cedar Root Folk School, Steve is also an organic farmer and Gypsy Caravan builder, who builds solid wood furniture with local lumber.

Coopering Fri 2:30 - 3:15 WOODWORKING STAGE GARRETT HACK – Furniture maker, author, and woodworking teacher from Thetford Center, Vermont, Garrett is internationally known for hand tool woodworking. He is the author of “The Hand Plane Book,” “Classic Hand Tools,” and is a regular contributor to “Fine Woodworking.”

Sharpening Sat 11:30 - 12:15 WOODWORKING STAGE Smoothing with Planes Sat 1:30 - 2:15 WOODWORKING STAGE BILL HAIMES – A WBF veteran, Bill is a former naval officer who learned the compass adjusting trade aboard warships in the late ‘60s. He operated a sail training program for the U.S. Navy and has cruised and raced a variety of boats, including a 50’ wooden sailboat. Currently he keeps us on course by adjusting our compasses and being the expert.

Care and Feeding of the Magnetic Compass Fri & Sat 9:30 - 10:30 EXPLORER ROOM Your Sextant Sun 9:30 - 10:30 EXPLORER ROOM BRUCE HALABISKY – Bruce and his wife, Tiffany, set out on a ten-year circumnavigation aboard Vixen (see article in program). Along the way they added two daughters to the crew, Solianna and Seffa, now 8 and 4 years old. They are closing the circle here in Port Townsend at the Festival after having

Sun 10:45 - 11:45 DISCOVERY ROOM JEFF HAMMOND – Jeff apprenticed to Bob Prothero, a preeminent Northwest boatbuilder and founder of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Now chief instructor at the school, he has led hundreds of students through the lofting and building of scores of vessels ranging in size from 8 to 50 feet.

years at sea, sailing 34,000 miles aboard her 31’ cutter. She is the author of the best-selling “Tightwads on the Loose” and teaches at many sailing seminars nationally.

Cruising Without Refrigeration Sat 9:30 - 10:30 OLYMPIC ROOM 7 Years on a 31 Footer, and Still Married! Sun 9:30 - 10:30 DISCOVERY ROOM ELSIE HULSIZER – Elsie is the author of “Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island’s West Coast” and “Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska.” She and her husband own an Annapolis 44’ sloop, which they have sailed extensively in Northwest waters.

Yacht Designers Panel Q&A Fri 2:45 - 4:30 CASCADE ROOM SEAN KOOMEN – A 2004 graduate of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Sean has taught at the school since 2011. Outside of the school he has worked on, and led, restorations on several large yacht projects.

Steam Bending Fri 9:30 - 10:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE Vacuum Bagging Veneers Sat 2:30 - 3:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE

Why We Sailed to Alaska Six Times Fri 3:45 - 4:45 DISCOVERY ROOM

TIM LAWSON – Cofounder and executive director of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Tim teaches furniture making, hand-tool skills, and demonstrates sharpening techniques.

JOHN HARRIS – John is the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft. He has produced many designs, thousands of kits and his designs are spread across 70 countries. He lives on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay with his wife, daughter, and a fleet of curious small boats.

Sailing the West Coast of Vancouver Island Sat 10:45 - 11:45 OLYMPIC ROOM

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JAY JACOBS – Jay has been a member of the Bar for 35 years, specializing in maritime law. Prior to law school, he was a sailor and an officer in the merchant marine on cargo ships, ore-carriers and tankers sailing on voyages all over the world.

ERIN LEADER – Growing up in the Northwest, Erin spent summers on, or in, the water, fishing, skiing, sailing, rowing and swimming. Her appreciation of wooden boats became a passion when she met her partner, Michael.

Fiberglassing Over Wood Sat 3:30 - 4:15 & Sun 12:30 - 1:15 WOODWORKING STAGE

The Widow Wave – The Little Known Danger of Coincident Waves Sat 9:30 - 10:30 DISCOVERY ROOM

What We Did For Love... Fri Noon - 1:00 DISCOVERY ROOM

CAROL HASSE – Carol is a sailmaker, sailor, writer, sail instructor, founder and owner of Port Townsend Sails. One of the original Wooden Boat Festival organizers, Carol has a deep love of wooden boats. She has sailed over 50,000 miles offshore in a number of the world’s waters.

BEN KAHN – Ben studied Industrial Technology at Berea College in Kentucky, then graduated from the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s traditional boatbuilding program in 2001, which he joined as an instructor in 2007. He has led the construction of over 20 wooden boats ranging from 11 to 22 feet.

Block Making Sat 3:30 - 4:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE Chopping Rabbets Sun 9:30 - 10:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE

Essentials of Sailmaking Fri 4:30 - 6:00 & Sat 10:00 - 11:30 SAIL LOFT JIM HEUMANN – When Jim and his wife, Karen, first met in 2007, they both had Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 sailboats. Since then, they have downsized to just one and have cruised around 14,000 miles together. Karen has been sailing for most of her adult life; Jim took up the sport in 2005.

Lessons Learned Sailing a 24’ Boat from PT to New Zealand Fri 1:15 - 2:15 OLYMPIC ROOM WENDY HINMAN – Wendy and her husband spent seven


Building Whitehalls for Operation Grand Canyon – a BBC Expedition Sat 2:30 - 3:30 DISCOVERY ROOM Traditional Wood Planes Sun 12:30 - 1:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE MICHAEL KASTEN – A yacht designer experienced in steel, aluminum, and large plankon-frame wooden boats, Michael’s focus is towards a “modernclassic” approach to boat styling and boat function. He lived in Port Townsend for many years; his home is now in Stevenson, Wash.

JESSE LONG – Jesse graduated from the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in 1999 and has continued his education through Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Seattle Central Community College and is currently a Master’s Candidate in Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding in Limerick, Ireland. He has worked as a shipwright, furniture maker, custom woodworker, cabinetmaker and structural ironworker.

Carvel Planking Sat 12:30 - 1:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE BRAD MATSEN – Brad is a longtime author and journalist who has published many books about the sea and its inhabitants,including “Descent” and “Jacque Cousteau: The Sea King.”

Writing at Sea: Keep a Log that Will Become a Great Book Sun 9:30 - 10:30 OLYMPIC ROOM

DAN MATTSON – Dan has combined his passion for wooden boats with today’s technology to produce the world’s first podcast dedicated to wooden boats: “Hooked on Wooden Boats.”

Building a SCAMP Sailboat – What You Need to Know Before Starting Fri 3:45 - 4:45 & Sun 10:45 - 11:45 EXPLORER ROOM JULIA MAYNARD – Julia is the owner/manager of Haven Boatworks, with over 30 years of experience in the marine trades, spanning from Mystic Seaport to California to Port Townsend. She is renowned for her skills as a finisher, as well as her experience gained from building a boat with her husband, George, and sailing Zulu across the South Pacific to Australia.

Varnishing Fri 1:30 - 2:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE RALPH NARANJO – Ralph has been an authoritative voice in the marine community for more than 30 years. He continues his sailor advocacy as technical editor to Practical Sailor and is a regular contributor to Cruising World magazine. During his 10 years as the Vanderstar Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy, he helped guide safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the navy’s new 44’ sail-training sloops. His sailing background includes a five-year family voyage around the world, which was documented in his book “Wind Shadow West.” He and his wife, Lenore, have made two other lengthy cruises aboard their 41’ sloop Wind Shadow. During the past 15 years, he has moderated U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea seminars across the country, and he is now an adjunct lecturer at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, where he is helping to develop a new line of courses tailored to cruising sailors.

The Art of Seamanship Sat 2:30 - 3:30 CASCADE ROOM Practical Sailor Tech Talk Sun 10:45 - 11:45 OLYMPIC AND CASCADE ROOMS BILL NOON – Captain Noon is master of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) the icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier. He joined the Canadian Coast Guard in 1981, and has served as Navigation Officer on numerous ships in British Columbian coastal waters and in the Canadian Arctic. Captain Noon has also commanded

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Finding HMS EREBUS in the NW Passage Sat Noon - 1:00 & Sun 9:30 - 10:30 BILL NORRIE – Bill is a retired mountaineer, practicing physician and blue water sailor. While training and climbing in New Zealand he met his beautiful wife and co-skipper, Catherine, and was introduced to sailing. While practicing medicine and raising his family on Vancouver Island, he raced in the PNW, PHRF fleet culminating in the Vic-Maui 1992 race. William and Catherine finally purchased their 37’ yacht SV Terrwyn in 2009, and set sail from Victoria in 2011 on their circumnavigation bid. Terrwyn is currently in Trinidad awaiting their return in January for the final leg home to Victoria.

Wood for Boat Building Fri 11:30 - 12:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE RICH PINDELL – Founder of H2Out, Inc., in 2009, Rich was inspired to create products that use the technology that NASA utilized during the Apollo missions to keep moisture damage out of the spacecraft. The first product line developed was the H2Out AVD (Air Vent Dryer) 2 & 3 for sailboats, yachts and commercial fishing vessels to prevent tank and engine failure from water contamination.

Carvel Planking Sat 12:30 - 1:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE TED PIKE – Woodworker, sailor, supporter of youth sailing, on the Board of the Wooden Boat Foundation, he races and sails his 1956 Lapworth sloop Annie Too around the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time he works full-time at Edensaw Woods as marine sales manager.

STEW PUGH – Stew maintains the fleet of outboards for the NW Maritime Center, Schooner Adventuress, and the Rat Island Rowing Club. He has repaired almost every type of marine engine from small trolling kickers to Navy nuclear reactors. He now teaches outboard motor and inflatable boat repair through the NW Maritime Center and Sea Grant. He has closed his Port Townsend outboard shop after many years, except for teaching




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Owning a Classic Wooden Motor Yacht Fri 10:45 - 11:45 DISCOVERY ROOM Sat 10:45 - 11:45 EXPLORER ROOM

RICK RANDALL – Rick is a member of the Classic Yacht Association and the owner of Compadre, a 43’ Stephens motor yacht built in 1929. He has over 50 years of boating experience, both power and sail. Several

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the oceans and her desire to raise awareness of its plight led Rodgers to support conservation efforts across the country and around the world. She has raced in the Vic Maui and Pacific Cup Races to Hawaii, and sailed with her husband and son across the South Pacific, South East Asia and in many parts of Europe.

Convergence – A Voyage Through French Polynesia Fri 2:30 - 3:30 OLYMPIC ROOM JEFF SANDERS – Capt. Sanders was among the first instructors to become certified to teach U.S. Coast Guard Approved License classes, in lieu of USCG examinations preparation. In 1987 he founded the United States Maritime Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii. He sailed his vessel ‘orpheus to Puget Sound in 1993. He is also a respected author of textbooks and curricula for captain’s training.

Celestial Navigation Fri Noon - 1:00 CASCADE ROOM Sun Noon - 1:00 DISCOVERY ROOM Getting Your Captain’s License Sat 3:45 - 4:45 EXPLORER ROOM LES SCHNICK – Les came to Port Townsend in 1988 to go to the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, and stayed on to be an instructor there for a couple of years before joining Admiral Marine Works to design and build yacht interiors. During those years he acquired the John Atkin–designed gaff cutter Vixen, and totally rebuilt her, a 13-year adventure (see article on Vixen in the program). In 2002 he bought the tuna/salmon troller Nestor, starting another 13-year adventure: designing and building the conversion of this classic workboat to Sockeye, a very capable and comfortable Pacific Northwest cruiser.

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Electrical and Battery Innovations Fri 10:30 - 11:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE Marine Sanitation Systems Sun 1:30 - 2:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE RAY SPECK – Ray is a recognized authority on traditional boatbuilding. He was fortunate to have worked with the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s founder, renowned master shipwright Bob Prothero. He began making his reputation for lapstrake craft from his shop in Sausalito, Calif., where he first developed his ideas for the Sid Skiff. Ray has built up to 90 wooden boats in his career, and has promised not to put away the paring chisel until he finishes the 100th boat.

Lapstrake Boatbuilding Sat 11:30 - 12:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE ACE SPRAGG – Carolyn “Ace” Spragg is the Waterfront Programs Manager here at the NW Maritime Center. She’s taught sailing for over 30 years, has skippered her boat to Hawaii and back, and teaches navigation and piloting classes.

Intro to Electronic Navigation Fri 1:15 - 2:15 DISCOVERY ROOM MATTHEW STRAUGHNMORSE – Matthew has a lifelong fascination with fabricating, first in metal and then wood. He worked building pipe organs for five years, then moved to Port Townsend and graduated from the NW school of Wooden Boatbuilding in 2012. He’s worked and taught at the NW Maritime Center and now is an instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE – Michael Beemer and Michael Swietzer from the Center of Excellence, Marine Manufacturing & Technology at Skagit Valley College speaks on Electrical and

DIANA TALLEY – Local boatbuilder, co-owner of Taku Marine and active member of the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association, Diana has perfected glop varnishing and will discuss brush techniques and answer questions in her talk.

Varnishing – Brush Technique Sat 10:00 - 11:30 BOATYARD STAGE BRUCE TIPTON – Bruce is a longtime boatbuilder, sparmaker and woodworker. His knowledge of wooden spars covers peeled trees to the octagonal birdsmouth hollow.

Spar Making Sat 3:30 - 4:15 BOATBUILDING STAGE JIM TOLPIN – Nationally known woodworking author and co-founder of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Jim’s latest book is “The New Traditional Woodworker.”

Design By Hand and Eye Fri 10:45 - 11:45 EXPLORER ROOM Choosing and Using Hand Planes Fri 12:30 - 1:15 WOODWORKING STAGE Choosing and Using Western Hand Saws Sat 10:30 - 11:15 WOODWORKING STAGE

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BRION TOSS – Owner of Brion Toss Yacht Riggers, Brion has nearly 40 years of yacht rigging experience. He specializes in rigging cruising vessels for offshore voyages and rigging race boats to win. Brion regularly consults for naval architects, boat builders, yacht owners, manufacturers of marine rig components and rope manufacturers. He’s the author of numerous books and several instructional DVDs.

Dovetails Sun 10:30 - 11:15 WOODWORKING STAGE

Rigging and Tuning a Wooden Boat — The Hull and Rig in Harmony Fri 1:15 - 2:15 CASCADE ROOM

KAREN SULLIVAN – When Karen and her husband, Jim, first met in 2007 they both had Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 sailboats. Since then they have downsized to just one and have cruised around 14,000 miles together. Karen has been sailing for most of her adult life; Jim took up the sport in 2005.

MICHAEL TOUGIAS – Known for his fast-paced writing style and characterdriven stories, Michael has written several true survival thrillers, including “The Finest Hours,” which is currently being made into a major motion picture by the Disney Corporation.

The Conversion of a Troller to the Cruiser Sockeye Fri 1:15 - 2:15 EXPLORER ROOM The Rebuild of the Gaff Cutter Vixen Sat Noon - 1:00 DISCOVERY ROOM

Small Boat, Big Ocean Passage Fri 1:15 - 2:15 OLYMPIC ROOM


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The Finest Hours Sat 3:45 - 4:45 OLYMPIC AND CASCADE ROOMS Rescue of the Bounty Sun Noon - 1:00 CASCADE GEOFF TROTT – General Manager of EOS and a pioneer of diversion toilet technology, Geoff explains how composting toilets can work for boaters and the environment.

Composting Toilets Fri Noon - 1:00 & Sat 1:15 - 2:15 BOATYARD STAGE LISA VIZZINI – Lisa began sailing as a teen in Marina Del Rey, Calif. In 1978 she moved to Port Townsend to learn sailmaking skills at Port Townsend Sails with Carol Hasse & Nora Petrich. Fishing for salmon, operating a troll-buying station for 12 years in Elfin Cove, Alaska, sailing up and down the coast, dingy racing with her son and day sailing on all types of boats in the Northwest has nurtured her sense of adventure as well as polished her mechanical, boating and sailing skills. Lisa and her talented rigger/shipwright husband, Dan Kulin, are partner/ owners of Port Townsend Rigging where they specialize in helping sailors realize their dreams.

Rigging for Improved and Enhanced Sailing Sat 1:15 - 2:15 EXPLORER ROOM LYNN WATSON – Lynn has spent the last 20 years or so cruising his 21’ canoe yawl Katie Mae in the Salish Sea, working wind and tide (and trailer) from Puget Sound to the Broughton Archipelago and the great inlets of Vancouver Island. He finds traveling in small groups of small boats to be most congenial.

Cruising Happily in Small Boats Fri 1:15 - 2:15 BOATYARD STAGE

What Works on Katie Mae Sun 10:45 - 11:45 BOATYARD STAGE STUART WEIBEL – Sailing was the first great passion of Stuart’s life, as a Snipe sailor on the Chesapeake Bay. Life intervened, and for decades he lived a land-locked life until he found himself in Seattle and set about finding a suitable boat. She found him instead, and he became master and slave to an Atkins cutter built in 1994 by the NW School of Wooden Boat Building. S/V Ripple has patiently schooled him in the care and maintenance of a well-found wooden sailing vessel, and called him to realize her potential for voyaging in the Inside Passage.

Imprudent Behavior: Preparing a 26’ Wooden Boat & an Inexperienced Skipper for the Inside Passage Sat Noon - 1:00 EXPLORER ROOM JOHN WELSFORD – New Zealand sailor, boat designer and boatbuilder, John is the designer of the SCAMP. John has over 30 years’ experience in the wood processing trades, and has been a full-time boat designer since 2002. He has a particular interest in open sailing boats, small long range cruisers and sports rowing craft, all designed with amateur boatbuilders in mind. John is a regular visitor to Port Townsend and has a strong association with the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

Yacht Designers Panel Q&A Fri 2:45 - 4:30 CASCADE ROOM Preparing and Voyaging an 11’ 11” Open Boat in one of the Windiest, Stormiest Places on Earth Sat Noon - 2:00 OLYMPIC ROOM DAVID WILKINSON – Dave’s homeport is Port Townsend where he teaches marine weather at the NW Maritime Center. Dave holds a MS in Atmospheric Science from Oregon State, is an ASA instructor and has sailed in Mexico, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the Northwest.

Clouds – A Sailor’s Telltales in the Sky Fri 2:30 - 3:30 DISCOVERY ROOM ALISON WOOD – Alison is a sailmaker at Port Townsend Sails and previously apprenticed and worked as a rigger at Brion Toss Yacht Riggers. She and her mate live aboard their Downeast 32 with plans to go cruising.

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Adventure is a Commodore Trunion class sailing pram designed by William Garden. Port Townsend, Wash.

Adventuress 1913

Adventuress is a 102-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner operated by nonprofit Sound Experience, with a mission to educate, inspire and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment. Port Townsend, Wash.

Allegra 1951

Built as a yacht by the respected Benson Bros. yards in Vancouver, B.C., she has sailed through the Panama Canal. I presently use her as my home, art gallery and studio, traveling to SE Alaska every summer. Bellingham, Wash.

Alyssa 1993

Custom-designed 45-footer designed by Nathan Smith and constructed and launched on Bainbridge Island. She has always been a NW boat. We recently spent a year in Port Townsend for a major renovation. Bremerton, Wash.

Ama Natura 2009

Ama Natura is a prototype “Petroleum Free” motorsailer designed by Capt. Peter Wilcox with Carl Chamberlain and built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB). She’s a gaff-ketch with a 48hp diesel using B100 biodiesel and all bio-based lubricants. It’s possible that the Inside Passage’s record Yahtzee score (609) was set on Ama in 2010. Portland, Ore.

Anna D 1968

Built by Joe Richter in Moss Landing, Calif., she’s a William Garden designed offshore salmon troller. Her restoration and yacht conversion was begun in 2009. Tacoma, Wash.

Annie Too 1956

She was built for the ’57 Transpac by Bill Lapworth and Willis Boyd. In 1962 she was bought by the Rixford family and came in 4th in the ’63 Transpac. She won Class B in the 1968 San Diego/ Acapulco Race. Since 1994, she’s been sailing Port Townsend Bay. Port Hadlock, Wash.

Arctic Tern 2014

A 19’4” stretched version of Iain Oughtred’s Arctic Tern. She’s is a gunter-rigged double-ended centerboard daysailer. Allyn, Wash.

Argonaut II 1922

Argonaut II is a 73’ canoe stern designed by Edson Schock. Originally built as a corporate yacht, she was also used as a missionary boat. In 1967 she became a pleasure yacht. Seattle, Wash.

Ariel of Victoria 1980

She’s always been a family boat and a liveaboard. Built in Fred Peterson’s yard in Nanaimo, 1972-80, with ongoing restoration since 2009. We’ve sailed through two logbooks, including a trip to Desolation Sound in 2014 and winning the 2014 Sloop Tavern “Race Your House” race. Seattle, Wash.

Arrow 1974

Arrow was inspired and built from John Gardner’s national Fisherman (1960s) St. Pierre Dory Lines & Offsets, and from builder Karl Sebastian’s involvement with North Pacific halibut dories around Kodiak, Alaska. Port Townsend, Wash.


Art Boat 2014

Cedar strip kayak designed by Joe Greenley of Redfish Kayak. Built by Joe Wuts with sculpted “Fallen Limbs” deck. Best in FOR SALE Show, 1st place Artisan and Mayors Award at Kenmore Art Show 2015. Kirkland, Wash.

At Last 1948

Aura 1948

Aura is the 5th of 9 Blanchard 33s designed by William Garden and built by Blanchard Boat Co. in Seattle in the late 1940s. Owned and maintained by Norman C. Blanchard until 1977, she does day-sail charters from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Deer Harbor, Wash.

Bear 2002

Bear was built for WBF programs use in partnership with Grey Wolf Ranch and NWSWB. Greg Foster designed her after Outward Bound’s Elizabeth Bonaventure. She’s used for a wide variety of programs, including Sea Scouts, Adventures at Sea and Puget Sound Explorers. She’s made a wonderful companion ship to the Townshend. Port Townsend, Wash.

BeBop 1963

Bebop is a converted salmon gillnetter. She was built in Steveston, B.C., and fished the Queen Charlotte Islands and Alaska for 30 years. Converted in 2002 in Port Townsend, she still keeps her elegant fishing boat lines. Seattle, Wash.

Beckon 2014

She’s the first completed build of a North Sea 29, one of the medium displacement cruisers designed by Mark Smaalders of Orcas Island. Owner/builder Richard Beck is a custom cabinetmaker near Flathead Lake, Mont. Bigfork, Mont.

Bettina 1957


Blackbeard II 1978

Bill Garden design built in Victoria, B.C., by Pat Sullivan. She’s strip planked cedar on oak frames with a teak deck. Acquired by her present owners in 1985, she’s a great open water cruiser. Port Hadlock, Wash.

Blackfish 2014

This 13’ Paul Gartside designed launch was built in Victoria, B.C., over a 2-year period. The cold molded cedar and oak hull combined with vintage Stuart Turner classic engine evoke memories of simpler times. Victoria, B.C., Canada

Bolero 1952

Bolero is a 34’ Chris Craft DCFB delivered new to Portland, Ore. The boat cruised the Columbia and Willamette rivers for 2 decades before being trucked to Seattle. Seattle, Wash.

Bright Star 2006

Pete Thomsen completed this beautiful example of one of Nat Herreshoff’s favorite designs in 2013. Cold molded FOR SALE with West system epoxy in old growth Douglas fir and Honduras mahogany, and bronze fastened. Ridgefield, Wash.

Caine 1975

Chris Craft 17’ Deluxe runabout, restored from in my garage over the course of 10 years. Relaunched summer of 2013. Bremerton, Wash.

Bettina is a one-off 41’ Laurent Giles sloop, built in 1957 in Hong Kong at the Wing On Shing shipyard, teak-planked over ipol frames. Port Townsend, Wash.

Buzzards Bay 25 2013

Bright Star is a Tolman Alaskan skiff, Jumbo 24, stitchand-glue boat. Ray built the boat on our back porch, and we customized her for fishing and cruising. Powered by a Cummins diesel inboardoutboard, she cruises at 18 knots with good fuel economy. Lake Oswego, Ore.

Caine is an original Beetle Cat, constructed in Massachusetts. She was brought back from the dead by volunteers at the Wooden Boat Foundation and cared for by the late Doug Rathbun, longtime Festival Harbormaster, before moving south to Portland. Portland, Ore.

Carlyn 1996

Designed and built by the Scarano brothers in Albany, N.Y., in 1996, Carlyn is owned and operated by Four Winds Westward Ho Camp on Orcas Island. Deer Harbor, Wash.

Center Console Skiff 2015

She’s a 15’ stitch and glue skiff built by NW Small Craft. This is a modified design of the Bateau Outboard Skiff 15 and features FOR SALE hard reverse chines created by overlapping the side and bottom panels. These reverse chines provide a much cleaner look than the traditional strips of wood, are much wider, and contribute to a drier ride and overall better performance and handling. Duvall, Wash.

Ceridwen 1994

John Magner and his son Kevin lofted Ceridwen in fall 1982, and owners Matt and Stephanie McCleary pitched in to pour the lead keel, steam-bend the oak frames and attach the cabin sides. In addition to helping with the original construction, the owners planked 95 percent of the boat and installed the tanks, plumbing and electrical systems. She made her maiden voyage in 1996 from Port Angeles to Port Hadlock. Port Hadlock, Wash.

Chesuki 1986

This fast little sloop beats up on those modern racers due to lapstrake construction, just like dimples on a golf ball! I built her as a young man ages ago (’80s) and haven’t missed a Festival since! She’s low and sleek with a gunter rig. Renton, Wash.

Circe 1931

Ben Seaborn’s first design at age 16. She was a scratch racing boat when first launched, winning the Transpac and Swiftsure races. Now she’s used for Naval Sea Cadet seamanship training. Black Lake Village, Calif.

Cloud Nine 1973

North Sea 38 Pilothouse Trawler, designed and owned originally by naval architect Blaine Seeley and built in FOR SALE Japan; her design was a predecessor to Pacific Trawler design. Poulsbo, Wash.

Commencement 1926

Classic Puget Sound fishing vessel built by Skansie Shipbuilding & Transportation Co. of Gig Harbor, Wash. Rehabilitated in 1995 by Vlahovich Boat Corp. to provide heritage education and tourism charter service. St. Michaels, Md.

Compadre 1929

Compadre is a 43’ Stephens bridge deck cruiser. Her hull is Port Orford cedar on oak frames, and her house is teak. She is powered by twin Chrysler Crown gas engines. Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Contessa 1977

Contessa was designed by George Stadel Jr., a 38’ variation of his popular 36’ schooner. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, by Sonny Hodgdon, she moored in Long Island Sound and FOR SALE Buzzards Bay until I brought her to Everett in 2005. A major interior renovation was accomplished after a 2012 galley fire. Lake Stevens, Wash.

Corsair II 1926

Custom designed bridge deck by naval architect Leigh Coolidge, one of only 3 yachts built at Martinac shipyard Tacoma. Carefully maintained over the years and still in tip-top shape. Seattle, Wash.

Czarinna 1991

Czarinna is a 30’ by 8’6” fantail cruiser built by Sam Devlin. Her twin 18hp Yanmar diesels give 7 knots speed and a half gph. In 2007 she was trucked east to cruise U.S. northeast waters. She returned to Olympia in 2014. Olympia, Wash.

Dirigo II 1939

One of a kind, traditional and restored 74’, gaff-rigged tops’l Alden schooner, built at the Goudy & Stevens yard in East Boothbay, Maine. She’s had 2 circumnavigations and many racing victories. Currently offered for charter throughout the San Juan Islands. Friday Harbor, Wash.


Dockhouse Queen NEW

16’ mini-tug custom designed and built, featured as the Reader Built Boat in Small Boats Monthly. She features an electric 72V inboard. Cathlamet, Wash.

Dorjun 1905

Dorjun was built over a century ago for the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Her design and hull shape are similar to the lifeboats used in Shackleton’s epic voyage. After being retired from the Coast Guard in 1937, she sailed the Straits of Magellan on a 1937 trip documented in National Geographic. Port Townsend, Wash.

Dragonheart 2011

Dragonheart is a Kit Africa & Jim Franken design oceanic dory. Built by students and community members with the Community Boat Project at NWSWB. Wayne Chimenti is the inspiration and facilitator of this project. Nordland, Wash.

Driftwood (houseboat) 2014

A home-built trailerable wooden houseboat, featuring twin propane outboard engines, a “Lil Cod” woodstove, composting head, LED lighting, solar panels, a gangplank up front and a rain catchment system. Salem, Ore.

Egret 2000

A Penobscot 14, designed by Arch Davis, her design was featured in 3 issues of WoodenBoat magazine in 1997. Clackamas, Ore.

El Mistico 1927


MV El Mistico was one of the first midsize yachts where the pilot could control the engine and transmission from the helm. She’s moored in a boathouse in Shelton, Wash., and cruises the Salish Sea four months a year. Shelton, Wash.

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Ellie K 2005

She’s a Kokanee 38 2-cabin trawler, designed and built by Devlin in Olympia. Lake Oswego, Ore.

Josephine 1934

GloryBe is a 36’ custombuilt canoe stern yacht built by Taylor & Grandy on Vashon Island. Seattle, Wash.

Haida 1965

Ellyn 1941

Originally built as a shop project at North Kitsap High School in 1941, until recently this boat hadn’t been in the water since 1949. She was originally powered by a gasoline engine, but we have repowered with an electric motor. Gig Harbor, Wash.

Emily Ruth 2015

Emily Ruth is a Somes Sound 12.5 designed by John Brooks. Derived from the famous Herreshoff 12.5, her lapstrake hull is both lovely and efficient. Bainbridge Island, Wash.


She’s a Cape Henry 21, built by Honnor Marine in the U.K., a trailer-sailer weekend cruiser styled after traditional gaffrigged English working craft. Mill Creek, Wash.

Fable 1976

The Fable is an 18’ cat boat hull, gaffrigged with a shallow full keel and a cabin (big enough to play a dreadnought guitar inside) for comfy cruising. Port Townsend, Wash.

FinastKind (Dobler) 1980

She’s an 18’ lapstrake Swampscott dory built by Lawrence West in Maine and later trailered to Washington. After years of loving use, FinastKind was stored in West’s barn for many years, until 2014, when she was sold to Myrtice Dobler for $5. Olympia, Wash.

Haida was built by Far East Yachts (Japan) to a design by Sparkman & Stephens. Construction is doubleplanked mahogany, copper riveted. Extensive rebuild by Skye Boat Works of Port Townsend. Eastsound, Wash.

Halcyon 1948

Designed by William Garden, she was a burned-out shell when Friday Harbor shipwright Sam Fry began a complete restoration FOR SALE that ultimately took 12 years. Over the former fish hold, a new deckhouse holds a modern galley; the wheelhouse looks original, but has been totally rebuilt. Halcyon was one of several trawler conversions featured in WoodenBoat no. 169. Friday Harbor, Wash.

Hiyu 2011

Hiyu is a 10’6” version of Harry Bryan’s Fiddlehead design. The vessel is designed to be paddled like a kayak. I designed and built the pedal drive and steering gear so the boat operates as an inboard motorboat. Spokane, Wash.

Hob Nob 1958

An Ed Monk Sr. design, she was built in Tacoma by Marine View Boat Works. The hull is built batten-seam and planked FOR SALE with mahogany on mahogany frames. The Detroit 353N diesel engine has a 900-mile range. Restoration of Hob Nob is ongoing. Port Townsend, Wash.

Hohum was built over a 6-year period. She is powered by a 70hp Isuzu diesel. All plywood and wood construction with glass and epoxy applied. She has cruised Puget Sound from Olympia to the San Juans and every place in between. Puyallup, Wash.

Locally designed and built lapstrake faering with twin dagger boards. Constructed using mahogany and Port Orford cedar. Poulsbo, Wash.

Holiday 1946

Flying Eagle 1963

This rare skeg-construction work boat has spent most every day since 1963 with a purpose. Equipped with a prop cage to avoid fouling, she was designed for local down east conditions with graceful shearlines, low topsides to work traps and a high bow to break seas. Newport Beach, Calif.

Foggy Sailing

She’s a Core Sound 17 built by B&B Yachts. Silverdale, Wash.

Francis Lee 2014

She’s a Bob Perry designed modern wood composite fractional sloop, built by NWSWB with great cooperation from the Port Townsend professional boat building community. Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Gartside Sloop 2011


Glencannon 1974

Glencannon is the culmination of an 8-year project to create a sweet little cruiser from a rough and ready sportfisher. Portland, Ore.



Island Spirit 2000

She’s a 22’ Devlin Surf Scoter built by owner. Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

Jack O’ Lantern

Designed after the Tancook whaler fishing vessels used for 200 years in Nova Scotia. Tancooks were gaff-rigged doubleended schooners notorious for their sleek, graceful lines, strong sheer and ability to handle heavy seas. Jack O’ Lantern was built by Charlie Taylor on Bainbridge Island. Port Townsend, Wash.

Jacobsen 18.5’ motor launch, built in Bremerton, Wash. Full FOR SALE restoration, including new engine, completed by current students of the NWSWB. Port Hadlock, Wash.

Jean Alden 2000

I built Jean Alden in my garage in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1997 to 2000. Starting with Phil Bolger’s 12’ Bobcat, I scaled her up to 14’, changed the bow profile, added a small cabin, and copied the sail plan from a Crosby catboat. Palo Alto, Calif.

Lotus (trimaran) 1994

She’s a Richardson 30’ Cruisabout. Kenmore, Wash.

Lotus is a beautiful example of the Farrier F9 series of racer cruiser trimarans. Recently refitted with wing mast, racing sails, and lightweight wooden interior. Hornby Island, B.C., Canada.

Kaitlin 2004

Built to replicate a traditional sloop, the Kaitlin, at 19’, was built to yacht standards from the fir planked deck to the mast fittings. Her hull is a hybrid combination of a traditional ballasted design and retractable fin. Enumclaw, Wash.

Macaw 1956

Macaw is a Presto-type gaff-rigged centerboard ketch. Designed by Sam Crocker and built by his son S. Sturgis Crocker. She was originally designed for cruising in the Bahamas. Columbus, Ohio

Kala Lua 2011

Madeline 1960


Katie & Ginny 1989

She’s a Blue Moon, designed by Thomas Gillmer after English Channel workboats. Rigged as gaff tops’l cutter, she was built for my father, donated to SALTS, and then owned privately. Port Townsend, Wash.

Kelani Lee 1998

She’s a 19’6” Chebacco cat-yawl, designed by Phil Bolger and built by Jim Slakov in Sechelt, B.C.. Mendocino, Calif.

La Boheme 1936

La Boheme is a William Atkin designed Eric launched in Victoria, B.C. An Eric was the first boat to complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe. Good enough for a run to Stewart Island any day. Port Townsend, Wash.

Cold-molded, double-ended cruising yawl designed by Paul Gartside and built by Jespersen Boat Builders in Sidney, B.C. Intended for coastal cruising, but with off-shore capability. Easily handled by a crew of 2. Ogden, Utah

Lazy Jack 2006

Lazy Jack is a Karl Stambaugh designed Redwing 18 built by Jim Cooper of Albany, Ore. She’s powered by a 9.9hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard. Eugene, Ore.

Leslie Jean 2006

Leslie Jean is a 15’ Whitehall that is a combination of many designs. Mostly the lines were taken from an article in National Fisherman Magazine from 1954 and 1977 as written by John Gardner. Seattle, Wash.

Lorelai 2015

Lorraine is a Nordic folkboat built in Denmark in 1959. She was imported for racing in San Francisco Bay, then trucked to the Northwest for cruising. I bought Lorraine in 1979. Lorraine is a wonderful Salish Sea daysailer/cruiser – a true joy to sail. Port Townsend, Wash.

Jubilee 1930

La Vie en Rose 2012

Iain Oughtred has skillfully captured the essence of the OsElvar using marine plywood for the planking and laminations for the few frames. She was built by Birger Larssen, assisted by James McMullen and Eric Frieberg. Bellingham, Wash.

Lorraine 1959

Designed after a Boston Whitehall found on the East Coast, she has a pretty lapstrake hull that highlights her beautiful sheer line. Port Angeles, Wash. FOR SALE

She’s a 26’ Bartender cruising sport boat designed by George Calkins for exceptional seaworthiness. Featured in WoodenBoat Magazine’s “Launchings” in 2013. Albany, Ore.

Lita Alv 2012

The Lorelai is 14’ pulling boat built in the lapstrake whitehall tradition. Bend, Ore.

Historical replica of Joshua Slocum’s Spray. Spray was first boat to solo-circumnavigate the world in 1895. Camano Island, Wash.

Kiya is Thunderbird No. 11. In 2014 she completed a 3-year restoration at the historic Eddon Boatyard in Gig Harbor. “Kiya” means “winged” in Lakota. Gig Harbor, Wash.

Independence 2015

Jacobsen Motor Launch 1926

Joshua 1980

Kiya 1960

Family owned for 69 years, she was designed by Ed Monk Sr. and built on Seattle’s Lake Union by the Edison Technical School. Marysville, Wash.

Independence is the first model in a line of wheelchair accessible boats built by ADA Boats Inc. of Whidbey Island, Wash. Freeland, Wash.

Former salmon troller Josephine is celebrating her 81st birthday at the Festival! She fished for 65 years in Southeast Alaska, and has now been converted to pleasure use by Devlin Boat Co. of Olympia, Wash. She’s been skippered by her owner Sam Devlin for the past 16 years. Olympia, Wash.


Hohum 2005

Fjord Ranger 2015

Striking Paul Gartside designed wooden daysailer planked in red cedar over white oak frames, fastened with silicon bronze screws. Port Townsend, Wash.

GloryBe 1914

Motorsailer designed by Ed Monk Sr., built in Ballard. Ed was asked to design a family cruiser for the NW. Madeline has been taking trips FOR SALE between Puget Sound and Alaska for most of her 50 years. Vashon Island, Wash.

Maggie B 1961

William Garden designed classic wooden boom tugboat built on Seattle’s Lake Union. Stanwood, Wash.

Maggie O’Brien 1984

Built by 3 engineers at Tektronix, FOR SALE in Beaverton, Ore., from plans by a marine architect in California. Maggie is a glass over plywood replica of an Irish crabbing and lobstering boat. Restoration has taken 2 years. Brinnon, Wash.

Marianita 2015

Marianita is Iain Oughtred’s Eun Mara, a trailerable canoeyawl. There is a V-berth forward; twin bilgeboards built into the berths keep the cabin open, with room for a small galley and com/navigation area. Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Marionette 1964

Marionette is a Kettenburg 50 built in San Diego. She traveled on her own bottom from Los Angeles to Port Ludlow, Wash., 6 years ago, and has been FOR SALE undergoing restoration since her arrival. She has now been restored – new cockpit, new interior and new paint. Frames have been repaired, planking replaced and the hull refastened. She’s now ready to go for another 50 years. Culver City, Calif.

Martha 1907

Martha was built at the W.F. Stone yard in San Francisco. After several years of complete restoration, she’s just completed the Transpac race to Hawaii, finishing up a year of Pacific adventures. Welcome home, Martha! Port Townsend, Wash.

Martha J 1995

Martha J is a motor launch donated to Wooden Boat Foundation by the Foley family, and is used as a support vessel for programs and regattas. She’s a Pulsifer Hampton, built by Richard Pulsifer in Maine. Martha J is frequently seen setting marks for races or serving as a chase boat for on-the-water events. She’s newly repowered in 2015 and a whole lot faster. Port Townsend, Wash.

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Meg 2004

She’s a Devlin Surf Runner design built in 2004 by Devlin Boat. Co. Olympia, Wash.


Merry Wherry 2010

This car-toppable, 35-lb. kit boat is a stable, userfriendly, proven joy to row. With a sliding seat rig and lightweight oars you are ready for recreation, exercise or competition. Anacortes, Wash.

Messenger III 1947

From 1947 to 1968, Messenger III served as a missionary vessel, bringing medical and spiritual comfort to Vancouver Island’s West Coast. She was featured in the book “Splendour by the Sea” and in 1954 Life magazine. Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Minnow 2012

A small cruising yawl with a pram bow that sleeps 2 with ample storage for a weekend on the water. Seattle, Wash.

PT Eleven 2013

International One Design (IOD) designed and built by Bjarne Aas of Fredrikstad, Norway. Nutmeg, IOD No. 19, came west from the Long Island Fleet in 2004. Deer Harbor, Wash.

Designed and built by Russell Brown, the PT Eleven is a highly developed 11’ nesting dinghy, ideal for cruising boats since she can be stored in a small space. The PT Eleven rows very well and has a simple and lightweight, high performance sailing option. Port Townsend, Wash.

Obsession 1989

PT Spear 2013

She’s an International 14 racing dinghy. Built by Ovington Boats in the U.K. in 1989, she was shipped to Annapolis new and used as a mold for fiberglass boats, and never fitted out or sailed. I rescued her from a barn in Vermont in 2014 and restored. Freeland, Wash.

The 11’ PT Spear dinghy uses the PT Eleven hull shape and the same sailing rig and foils but with a different interior geometry. This is a generous size dinghy that weighs only 85 lbs. and is a pleasure to row and sail. Port Townsend, Wash.

Olo 1960s

Puffin (S/L) 1906

She’s a Keith Steele McKenzie River drift boat design, modified to be selfbailing. She’s used for taking students down various western rivers. San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Puffin is a steam launch manufactured by Trusscott Boat Building of St. Joseph, Mich. Seattle, Wash.

Olympus 1929

The MV Olympus is a 92’ fantail motor yacht, built FOR SALE at the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co. She has been in the NW since the 1940s and previously served as the Washington state governor’s yacht. Seattle, Wash.

Otter 2011

Ness yawl designed by Ian Oughtred. She is sapele ply, glue-lap construction with lots of recycled old-growth fir from bleachers removed from a local high school. She takes care of her crew when things get a little rowdy out there. Seattle, Wash.

Mojo 2015

A Port Townsend skiff, Mojo was built from the kit and fitted with solid mahogany seat tops and coamings. A 20hp Suzuki outboard provides an economical 20 knots as well as excellent displacement speed performance. Portland, Ore.

Pacifica 1947

She is a Sparkman & Stephens yawl built in 1947 by H.B. Nevins in City Island, New York. Port Townsend, Wash.

Mona-C 1994

The Mona-C belongs to the Lost Coast and Coots TSCA. The dory is used on the Lost Coast, Fort Bragg, Calif. Mona-C is used on the Noyo, Albion, Big River. Camping on Tomales Bay and boating on San Francisco Bay. Rio Nido, Calif.

Pax 1936

Natoma 1946

Natoma is a gorgeous Diddikai design by the master L. Francis Herreshoff. Cedar on oak, lovingly maintained. Recent upFOR SALE grades include new engine, Max Prop, stainless rigging and Lee Sails. Vashon Island, Wash.

Nil Desperandum 2011

Gaff-rigged Winter Wren II sloop designed by Sam Devlin and built by Larry Cheek on Whidbey Island. Innovations include positive flotation and homebuilt Wiley portlights. Langley, Wash.

Noe Mar 1931

Noe Mar is a gaff-rigger Seagoer yawl, the same design Harry Pidgeon sailed singlehanded around the world. Scotts Mills, Ore.

Nonie Too 2000

Nutmeg (IOD) 1937


Pax (“peace”) is a classic Danish spidsgatter built in Kalundborg, Denmark. She’s the only known 45-square-meter spidsgatter still sailing in America. Since 2007, Kaci Cronkhite has been finding and writing her history across Denmark, California and Canada. Port Townsend, Wash.

Pick Pocket 1981

Pirate is a direct descendant of Geary’s legendary Sir Tom. In her first year racing, Pirate won the Lipton Cup. In 1929, she was shipped to New York, the first West Coast boat to compete on the Eastern Seaboard. After complete restoration at the highest standard, she floats very near her designed waterline and is still certified as an in-class R-boat. Seattle, Wash.

Pleiades 1910s

Nonie Too is an open cockpit glued lap plywood runabout designed by Ted Brewer and built at the Silva Bay Shipyard School. Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada

Built in the 1910s or 1920s, all history is lost. Kay bought Pleiades as just a hull, spars, and a very old suit of sails. Originally yellow cedar planking on oak frames, she was completely rebuilt 1979-1987 by Kay, Peter and friends. Port Townsend, Wash.

Nord Vinden 1986

Traditionally built N.G. Herreshoff Coquina with Scandinavian flair. Anacortes, Wash. FOR SALE


Risa 1968

In the late ’50s, a Tacoma lumber company with a lot of excess plywood staged a design contest for a racer/cruiser sailboat amateurs could build in their backyards. Ben Seaborn won with his design for the very fast yet easily built Thunderbird. NWMC uses Risa and her sister ship, Zaca, for adult sailing classes. Port Townsend, Wash.

Sarah Beth 2011


Sawaya (Coast Miwok for “pelican”) is hull no. 3 of the Pacific Pelican class, a 15’ adaptation of the popular 12’ San Francisco Pelican with many owner/builder design enhancements. Portland, Ore.

Scout 2009

Designed by John Carlson and built by Sam Devlin, Scout is a 20’ raised deck cruiser, powered by a 90hp outboard with a cruising speed of 16-20 mph. Scout has camping accommodations for two in a spacious, compact cabin with sink and wood stove. Lakebay, Wash.

Sea Dart 2012

Sea Dart was the sloop Tristan Jones wrote about sailing in Lake Titicaca in “The Incredible Voyage.” She was donated to the Northwest Maritime Center in 2015. Port Townsend, Wash.


Seven Bells 1929

A classic pilothouse cruiser, she was built by Stephens Bros. in Stockton, Calif. The hull is of Port Orford cedar, the house is teak, soles are fir, and cabinet tops are curly maple. Seattle, Wash.

Silva is a replica of an 1840 British cutter with topgallant rails, a big, broad compound transom with davits, plumb bow and lots of tumblehome and of course a jaunty steeving bowsprit. Her big, cream-colored, homemade gaff mainsail and jib push her along just fine. Renton, Wash.

Skoota 1985

She’s a plywood semi-displacement power catamaran and is ideal for a couple to cruise the Pacific NW. Powered by twin 20hp outboards, her top speed is 16 knots, cruising at 10 and 8 mpg. You can build your own from plans, or buy complete. Saturna Island, B.C., Canada

Smaug 1996

Sassafrass 1963

Sea Dream 1968

Selkie was built by NWSWB. She is planked in western red cedar on white oak frames, fastened with bronze. Port Hadlock, Wash. FOR SALE

Silva Bans 1985

She’s a 1927 bridge deck cruiser built by the Schertzer Brothers Boat and Machine Co. She has been undergoing an extensive restoration. Port Ludlow, Wash.

Built of fir on oak frames, Sea Cloud is cutter-rigged, with a 36V electric auxiliary. Port Townsend, Wash.

A small cruising sailboat of refined model, she sails well on all points, provides dry camping accommodations for 2 adults, and tows behind a 4-cylinder car. The cabin is the size of an average four-man tent, but drier, more private and more secure. Annapolis, Md.

Nutmeg (Herreshoff) 2008

Riptide 1927

Sea Cloud 1937

PocketShip Carlyn J 2008

An 1888 design by “the father of the canoe yawl,” George Holmes, a founder of the Humber Yawl Club. She was built by William Clements of Massachusetts. Nordland, Wash.

Ripple is an Atkin Gary Thomas design. Seattle, Wash.

Sawaya 1989

Pirate 1926

Selkie 2000

Canada customs has her registered in Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, in 1956. She definitely has East Coast lines and resembles the Cape Sable design, which is why Cherie, a Maritimer, fell in love with her. Duncan, B.C., Canada

Vietnamese-built schooner. Her new house, interior and rig were designed by naval architect Tad Roberts, refitted at Bakketun and Thomas Boat Co. in Ballard over the past 10 years. Deer Harbor, Wash.

Pick Pocket is a Bill Garden designed Eel – a canoe yawl. Homeported in Portland on the Columbia River, she was built in 1981 by local builder Schooner Creek Boat Works in Portland. Tigard, Ore.

Built by Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in 2011. Light and stiff, she is a good example of modern composite construction. Port Ludlow, Wash.

Shooting Star 1956

Ripple 1993

Jericho Bay lobster skiff designed by Joel White and adapted for strip plank construction by Tom Hill. Powered by a 20hp outboard. Fox Island, Wash.

Segue 2011

Sea Dream is a gaff-rigged ketch. Since 1992, we have lovingly restored and customized her without compromising her charm and traditional values. We welcome you aboard and hope you will attend our presentation! Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Smaug is a wooden ketch, a Benford design built at Coal Harbour, Vancouver Island. She is a sister ship to Sunrise. She is 37’ on deck, with a 10’ bowsprit. Her hull is yellow cedar over oak frames, all locally sourced. Victoria, B.C., Canada

Sockeye 1944

Sockeye, formerly Nestor, is a 45’ converted fishing troller, built in Ballard, Wash. She’s now outfitted for cruising and has a low aft cabin. She maintains her side trolling poles for towing paravanes. Port Townsend, Wash.


Sofia 1967

A William Garden designed North Sea trawler, she was built in Sechelt, B.C., Canada. Construction is Canadian fir over Alaskan cedar, with teak and aluminum houses. Gig Harbor, Wash.

Soy Sauce 2014

Soy Sauce is a scaled down replica of a WWII Army Coast Artillery target raft used at Fort Worden. Port Townsend, Wash.

Sparkle 1947

Designed and backyard-built by rocket scientists Alex Irving and Norman Schwartz, Sparkle won the Lipton Cup her first season, and dominated California racing for 20 years. In 1997, Brian McGinn found her mouldering and trucked her to PT. Brian and co-owner Guy Hupy relaunched her in 2001 after significant restoration, and she routinely beat the pants off the local fleet. After a brief stint as a Viking oared longship, she went into a shop for a complete rebuild in late 2007, reemerging in 2013. She now sports an electric auxiliary. Port Townsend, Wash.

Spike Africa 1977

Built 40 years ago as a true working boat, she has spent her whole life working the Pacific. Hauling freight, towing boats, supporting the Transpac races and becoming a film star in the movie “Joe and the Volcano.” Now her work is chartering from Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor, Wash.

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Stella 2015

Twobits 1939

Stella is a 17’ Whitehall rowing skiff handcrafted by Joseph Titlow from western red cedar and Sitka spruce using Gougeon clear finish composite technology. Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Rumor has it that the tugboat TwoBits was originally an open boat, and was used by Puget Power to bring the first electrical cable to Mercer Island. Her house was added in the 1950s. Another rumor is that she was used as a launch on a very large yacht. Seattle, Wash.

Sunbow 2002

Unda (Devlin) 2014

Sunbow is a Constant Camber 35 designed by John Marples and built in the Mohave Desert by Richard White while he was working for Scaled Composites (Burt Rutan). She was launched at Oxnard, Calif. Seattle, Wash.

Unda is a Sam Devlin Surf Scoter 24 built by the owners over a 2-year period. She is a cabin cruiser designed for NW waters. Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Susan Joanne 2012

Windsong was built in Norway by my son, Curtiss Anderson, who has a self-taught business building and repairing wooden boats in Stavanger, Norway. We use the boat mostly for day sailing and a few excursions to the San Juan Islands. Rollingbay, Wash.

Zaca 1963

A sister ship to Caveat, Thunderbird Zaca was donated to NWMC so Caveat could return home to her original family, who, along with the Daubenbergers, brought T-bird sailing to Port Townsend in 1963. Port Townsend, Wash.

Wood Duck 1930s

She’s a 1930s Poulsbo boat with an inboard engine, converted to gaff rig sail. Kirkland, Wash.

Unda (Utzon) 1938

Susan Joanne is Sam Devlin’s 27’ Onyx sailboat design. She’s sloop rigged with an inboard diesel. She was built using Sam’s wood epoxy matrix construction method. Auburn, Wash.

A 40’ double-ended ketch, custom designed by Aage Utzon, built by Egon Nielsen in Nakskov, Denmark. Unda is oak framed, larch planked, copper riveted and has “book-matched” teak cabin sides and cockpit combing. Lopez Island, Wash.

Vahina 1956

Suzanne 2013

David N. Jone built the gaff-rigged canoe yawl Suzanne right here at Point Hudson, where he rented space in the Wooden Boat Foundation Boatshop, 2011-2013. Port Townsend, Wash.

Thane 1972

Custom built mahogany on oak. Constructed in the U.K., she’s sailed the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean, Panama and Pacific Coast. Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

Virginia 1981

Built at NWSWB, she’s an Alvin Mason/Prothero design, extended from 24’ to 26’ and given a gaff rig. She is constructed of white oak frames and fir planking. Port Townsend, Wash.

She’s a modified replica of Slocum’s Spray, a working 57’ gaff ketch built in Victoria, B.C. Victoria, B.C., Canada

Theia 1981

She’s a modified 30’ Gary Thomas designed by William Atkin. She was built in the San Francisco Bay Area and totally restored by Tom Tucker of Tucker Yacht Design. Theia introduced us to some special Port Townsend friends and craftspeople who took part in her rebirth. We are grateful to Gary and Nancy Fredrick, the Tucker family, Randy Charrier, Bill Stabile, Inger Rankins and her NWSWB canvas class, and PT Rigging. Port Hadlock, Wash.

Thelonius 1953

Virginia Cary 1973

She’s a Grand Banks 36, launched the last year they were built in wood. She sports twin Ford Lehman engines and is a great sea boat with numerous trips to Desolation Sound. Bellevue, Wash.

Vito Dumas 1933

Auxiliary cutter, built in Buenos Aires in 1933. Vito Dumas has been in nearly every Wooden Boat Festival! Port Townsend, Wash.

Custom-built in 1953 by Admiral Marine in Seattle. Buyer wanted a “traditional” boat, so designer Ed Monk Sr. adapted one of his 1928 designs. Seattle, Wash.


Tjeld 2014

The Geitbaat design comes from Nordmore, Norway, and is a direct descendant of the boats from the Viking era. Tjeld is a faering, meaning four oared with a dipping lugs’l. Anacortes, Wash.

Toadstool 1974

Schooner Toadstool was built by William Garden in Bill’s personal island shop near Canoe Cove, B.C. Bill describes the concept and building of Toadstool in his books, “Yacht Designs” I and II. Port Townsend, Wash.

Windsong 1993


Townshend 1992

A replica of the yawl carried aboard the HMS Discovery during Vancouver’s 1792-95 exploration of Puget Sound. Built by NWSWB to celebrate Vancouver’s bicentennial, she serves as a floating classroom. Her name refers to the Marquis de Townshend, Vancouver’s patron and the original spelling of the port town that still bears his name. Port Townsend, Wash.

Tumblehome 1989

Tumblehome is a 42’ sloop designed and built by designer Scott Sprague for his own use. The wheelhouse is a NW touch – once you have one, you never go back! Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Turning Point 1928

Built in 1928 at the Lake Union Dry Dock Co. in Seattle, Washington. Designed by Otis Cutting as the everyman’s boat. Production stopped in 1930 due to the Great Depression. Seattle, Wash.

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We’re just completing a 10year circumnavigation aboard Vixen. Along the way, we added 2 daughters to our crew! We crossed the Pacific and Indian oceans and sailed three transatlantics. After transiting the Panama Canal and wintering in Hawaii, we’ll be back in Puget Sound. Port Townsend, Wash.

Wandrian 1962

Designed by Angelman & Davies, she was built in Hong Kong by American Marine. We’ve owned her since 2005. She is the oldest Grand Banks yacht in the NW. Olympia, Wash.

Water Strider 2006

Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry stitch and glue design built from mahogany plywood with a sprit rig. Port Townsend, Wash.

Whisper 1957

Whisper is a Knutson K-35 sloop. A Sparkman and Stevens Pilot series design, built by Thomas Knutson Shipbuilding Corp., Long Island, New York. She has recently completed a 2-year rebuild at Sea Marine in Port Townsend. Tacoma, Wash.

Wind Spirit 1985

Authentic scaled-down replica of a 17th-century, fully rigged 3- masted frigate. Used as a charity fundraiser for children’s boat building program on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. Children of all ages are welcome aboard. Arr, matey. Watch out for pirates! Sandpoint, Idaho

Plan ahead for the 40th Wooden Boat Festival: Sept. 9-11, 2016. Photo by Kevin Mason

World Traveler Sea Dart at Home in PT If the stories are true, prolific author and adventurer Tristan Jones’ boat Sea Dart has been more places than any other boat in the world. Sea Dart sailed the lowest water in the world, the Dead Sea, and was hauled hundreds of miles overland to sail on the highest water in the world, Lake Titicaca. The boat has been hauled up mountains on ropes, sailed up the Amazon and back down to the Atlantic. Sea Dart was supposedly the first boat to sail through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. She’s been sailed down the West Coast of South America, hauled down the side of the Andes to the River Paraguay, and fought through the “Green Hell” of the Mato Grosso

in Brazil on the way to Buenos Aires. She was damaged in Paraguay and shipped back to England on a steamship. Somehow the boat made its way to the West Coast of the U.S., and ended up being owned by the State of Idaho Parks and Recreation Department for a number of years. In 2014, Sea Dart was donated to the Northwest Maritime Center and is once again out on the water, introducing a new generation to sailing and adventure.


Vixen Comes Home

A Classic Returns After 11-Year Circumnavigation By Bruce Halabisky In early December of 2013, Vixen, my 34-foot gaff cutter, reached down the long Atlantic swells off the coast of West Africa. The decks and rigging were coated with a fine layer of red dust blown off the Sahara Desert; a few flying fish dried in the scuppers after their strandings during the night. No one attended the helm; Vixen – with her magic-like ability that I always marveled at – steered herself. Below decks slept my wife, Tiffany, and our two daughters, Solianna and Seffa Jane. I thought about our destination a couple hundred miles ahead – Dakar, Senegal and the Casamance River. Looking at the chart, I could see that the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott lay just 20 miles to the east. “What if we just jibed over, rocked up to Nouakchott and dropped anchor,” I wondered as I tried to pronounce the capital’s name aloud. The pilot guide suggested this whimsical thought was not a good idea: “Nouakchott should be avoided at all costs as visiting vessels have been impounded and their crews imprisoned on charges of espionage during the sporadic Mauritanian revolutionary war.” OK, so much for Nouakchott. As the morning sun of Africa warmed my face, I held our course for Dakar and thought about the first time I had ever seen Vixen. It had been at the 2002 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. I’d just recently met Tiffany and we were walk-

ing the docks. Vixen was in the final stages of a 12-year restoration under the ownership of Les and Libby Schnick. And she was for sale. I remember Libby was busy talking with someone on the dock; we just gave a nod and slipped below to see the interior. The boat had been built in 1952 for a man named James Stark and had sailed around the world in the ‘50s so we knew she had a lot of history; despite the extensive overhaul, there was still a strong feeling of the past in Vixen’s interior. Gimbaled brass lanterns and varnished knotty pine added to the effect. The inch-and-a-half thick planking cut off the Festival sounds. Tiffany and I found a seat next to the diesel stove near the forward bulkhead. It felt like we had entered another world. We were not consciously looking to buy a boat (after all, we had only just recently met) but I remember being struck by the boat’s solidity and a vague awareness of what Vixen must have encountered on her first trip around the world. “You know, Tiffany,” I remember saying in a hushed tone.“With this boat you could go anywhere ... just about anywhere.” I later read what Vixen’s designer, John Atkin, had written in Rudder Magazine in the 1950s: “Vixen was conceived and grew into a mature, wholesome, modestly fast and able vessel, aboard which one might venture forth and return from the unknown in safety and com-

Bruce and Tiffany Halabisky and their daughters, Solianna and Seffa Jane, aboard the Vixen. 48 • 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

The 42-foot Vixen is a fairly simple boat, without a lot of electronics or gadgetry. There are no roller-furlers or electric winches to help manage the sails, and this makes Vixen a physical boat to sail. Photos courtesy Bruce Halabisky

fort. While all manner of opinions come to mind involving just what constitutes the ideal world cruiser, it is my opinion that Vixen, considering her size and overall characteristics, comes pretty close to fulfilling most of these requirements in a highly satisfactory manner.” A couple of months after the Festival, I made an offer and bought Vixen. Two years later Tiffany and I were onboard Vixen sailing to Hawaii. Now, after 11 years of voyaging, we have taken Vixen around the world, which included crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans and three trans-Atlantic Oceans. The vessel John Atkin designed for James Stark was typical of Atkin’s earlier work, and that of his father – a double-ended, heavy-displacement, full-keeled boat in the spirit of the Norwegian designer Colin Archer. Even in 1952, the gaff rig was anachronistic but Atkin believed in the safety of the low-aspect rig and its power when running off the wind. It is on the open ocean that Vixen performs best. Her heavy displacement imparts a sense of security. The bowsprit, lowaspect rig and long, traditional keel keep her on course. In fact,

we have no self-steering gear except for a line running from the staysail to the tiller. Perhaps Vixen’s most redeeming feature is her ability to heave-to in a gale without any fuss or worry. Below decks, Vixen has the classic layout of a boat from the 1950s, with a head to starboard, a generous amount of room for the galley, two sea berths port and starboard and a double berth in the forepeak. Being double-ended, the stern has less room than a transomended vessel but still offers a fair amount of storage and houses a Perkins 4-108 diesel engine for auxiliary power. Overall, Vixen is a fairly simple boat without a lot of electronics or gadgetry. One 65-watt solar panel provides plenty of electricity to run the VHF radio, interior lights and navigation lights. There are no roller-furlers or electric winches to help manage the sails, and this makes Vixen a physical boat to sail. Considering we might raise anchor a hundred times a year, Vixen’s Muir electric windlass is a much-appreciated piece of equipment. Aside from the highly functional aspect of Vixen and, to

my eye, her beauty, there is the psychological comfort of knowing she has done it all before. She has weathered gales and wallowed in calms. She has fought her way off lee shores and romped downwind in the trades. Once, in Whangarei, New Zealand, we had Vixen out of the water to put on some bottom paint. An old sea dog walked up, planted his feet squarely, pointed at Vixen and proclaimed, “I anchored next to your boat – Tahiti, 1957.” The genius of John Atkin was his ability to recognize what was essential for a safe, comfortable cruising boat and then incorporate these elements into a shape that was pleasing to the eye. Having now sailed twice around the world, Vixen has proven to be a fine example of Atkin’s work. And, if the Mauritanian revolution ever simmers down, Vixen will be the boat to take us just about anywhere – even Nouakchott. (Don’t miss Bruce’s presentation: “The 11 Year Voyage of Vixen – Closing the Circle” Saturday, 10:45-11:45 am, Cascade Room or Sunday, 10:45-11:45, am, Discovery Room.)

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Thanks to the number of skilled craftspeople, Port Townsend is the West Coast’s capital for wooden boats on a year-round basis; the skills are simply showcased during the Wooden Boat Festival. Photo by Patrick J. Sullivan, flight by Tailspin Tommy’s

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Tour our full service boatyard, receive a free estimate for refit or repair and walk a few steps to lunch in our National Historic District. 2015 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL • 49

Building on Tradition FREE BOAT SCHOOL TOURS! Just 20 minutes south of PT

Get a tour of the Boat School at 3:30 Friday afternoon or stop by for a tour and a bagel Monday from 9am-noon.

Virginia was built at the Boat School under the guidance of founder Bob Prothero, where construction began on the 26’ gaff cutter in 1981. With a unique one-of-a-kind design, traditional rig, and classic lines, she is as beautiful and functional today as when first built. Virginia continues to sail the waters of Port Townsend Bay as a representative of the skills and craftsmanship learned at the Boat School. See Virginia at the festival.

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Honoring Jeff Hammond: Meet Up for Alums

Thursday 5-8 PM

Francis Lee is a wood composite boat built without regard to racing rating rules for the pure pleasure of sailing. Designed by veteran yacht designer Bob Perry and built by Contemporary Boatbuilding instructor Bruce Blatchley and Boat School students, she was launched in 2014. She has proven to be a very fast well-mannered vessel easily handed with a small crew. See Francis Lee at the festival.

Over 1,000 lives have been touched by the Jeff Hammond’s inspirational instruction over the last three decades.

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On Thursday, Sept. 10 we’re toasting Jeff Hammond from 5-8 PM at the Wee Nip located at Point Hudson Marina. All alums (and friends and family) are invited to salute Jeff and reconnect with classmates. Beer token for Alums! 9:30 – 10:15 10:30 – 11:15

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BRUCE BLATCHLEY* Working with Epoxy & Fiberglass

JEFF HAMMOND* Block Making

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RAY SPECK* Lapstrake Boatbuilding


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SEAN KOOMEN* Vacuum Bagging Veneers


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JEFF HAMMOND* Chopping Rabbets

PETER BAILEY* Traditional Boat Building Tools

BEN KAHN* Traditional Wood Planes

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE Marine Sanitation Systems

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The Felicity Ann Project: We’re kicking off a crowdsourcing campaign and we need your help! The Felicity Ann Project is a partnership between the NWSWB and the Community Boat Project to restore and relaunch the historic sloop Felicity Ann, the boat sailed by the first woman to solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Visit www.nwswb.edu/felicityann. Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

at Memorial Field The best way to get close, convenient parking, and support Jefferson County Public Parks! This fundraiser is sponsored by Jefferson County Parks and Recreation. All proceeds benefit the maintenance and operations of Memorial Field. Home to two high school football teams, boys and girls soccer teams, little league football, recreational softball, and numerous community events, Memorial Field is an important local resource for our schools, kids, families and the whole community.

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