Meet the Artist: Chris Witkowski

In 2021 Highlights, Uncategorized

Artist Statement Two years ago, when the Wooden Boat Festival team and I were brainstorming a concept for the 2020 Festival, little did we know that the image I created would be even more perfect for this year’s Festival. With research, we knew there were female ship captains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and we decided to …

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Feeling the love

In 2021 Highlights

By Bruce Bateau When I pulled up to the customs dock on San Juan Island on a sunny September afternoon, I was feeling good. Over the past six weeks, I had traveled some two hundred miles down Vancouver Island, traversed five major rapids, and used mostly paper charts to do it. Now, I had completed the final major crossing of …

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Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op Turns 40

In 2021 Highlights

By Andy Gale As you walk the docks at this year’s Festival, take a look at the 83-foot schooner Destiny, the 44-foot sloop Inca, and 49-foot M/V Riptide—boats repaired or retrofitted by the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op. A Unique Business Model in Marine Trades In 1981, a unique business ownership model in the marine trades arose when a few shipwrights …

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The Purpose Behind the Project: Restoring Helma

In 2021 Highlights

By Robert d’Arcy For me, working on classic wooden boats is about values. Good design: these vessels are drawn for seakeeping—finely tuned to their purpose and environment, highly functional, and incredibly beautiful at the same time. Fine construction: these boats had to be well-built to survive a variety of wind conditions, sea states, and weather events, both expected and unexpected. …

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2021 Wooden Boat Festival Canceled due to COVID-19

In 2021 Highlights

Dear friends, It’s with a heavy heart that, despite our best efforts, we are cancelling this year’s Wooden Boat Festival. It’s a big shift since last week’s announcement of our advanced safety protocols, but this is a rapidly shifting world, and we’ve decided cancelling is the only responsible way forward. We stand by the “vaccinated/negative-test-only” protocols we established which received …

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Wolfhound

In 2021 Highlights

Written by Andy Gale. Wolfhound photos by Paul Wyeth Marine Photography. Crewed by owners Steven and Louise Dews, the 64-foot schooner Wolfhound is on a 25,000-plus mile delivery, from the shipyard where she was built in Shillingstone, UK, to her new home in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Wolfhound and the Dews are on an extended layover in Port …

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The Story of Alcyone

In 2021 Highlights

By Sugar Flanagan (owner) When we think about boats, we often wonder, “Is she a keeper?” Alcyone is definitely a keeper. She was designed and built by Frank Prothero in his backyard in Seattle. He sailed her for 9 years and then sold her to the Hanke family who took care of her for 22 years. We have now owned …

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We are BACK and ready to celebrate Wooden Boats!

In Festival Highlights

The excitement is building… You can feel it in the air… Wooden Boat Festival is coming… We are BACK and ready to celebrate Wooden Boats! Here’s a taste of what’s in store: For the boat-lovers among us: The Harbor is almost full! Several gorgeous new boats, many festival favorites, and even—gasp—Canadians! Check out the website—boats are being added daily. For …

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Let’s Plan on a Festival!

In Festival Highlights

Hope is in the air. Vaccinations are up and cases are down, we are moving into Phase 3 and there is talk of normalcy by July 4th. The sun even came out. We are not in the clear yet, but things are looking better and better. If the pandemic takes a turn for the worse we’ll alter our course, but …