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What’s New in 2024!

In 2024 Highlights, Festival Highlights

This year’s festival promises to be one of the most exciting yet, with a range of new exhibits and activities designed to captivate and inspire visitors of all generations. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the highlights you can look forward to. Stay tuned for more details in our upcoming emails! Rope Makers from Hardanger in Norway For only …

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Half-Day Workshops with Nigel Calder

In 2024 Highlights, Festival Highlights

Renowned boat systems expert Nigel Calder, celebrated for his bestselling books like “Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual,” is returning to the Wooden Boat Festival this year to present his invaluable seminars. Thursday’s workshops will cover marine diesel engines, while Friday’s will focus on boat electrical systems. A Detailed Look at DIY Diesel Engine Maintenance  Thursday, September 5 | 8 AM–11 …

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Meet the 2024 Poster Artist: Hannah Spencer

In 2024 Highlights

As a child, Spencer spent her summers with her family sailing around Lake George, NY, picking berries, camping, fishing, and bird watching. She remembers fondly, “I have always been in love with the natural world. Those magical experiences have shaped who I am and how I express myself through art.” Spencer is a self-taught woodblock artist and a fly-fishing guide. …

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The Future of Maritime Tent

In 2023 Highlights, Festival Highlights

Sponsored in part by Northwest Maritime Center and Dovetail Workwear, the Future of Maritime tent at this year’s Wooden Boat Festival will showcase the inspiring movements taking place to connect and transform the lives of people connected to the blue parts of our planet. Capturing the essence of regionalization and transformative efforts of humans and their relationship to water and …

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The Harbormaster’s Picks

In 2023 Highlights, Festival Highlights

Harbormaster Daniel Evans has scoured over every boat application to fill this year’s harbor with beautiful wooden boats from near and far. There are so many amazing boats coming to this year’s Festival. These are just a few of the must-sees on his list! Introducing the 2023 Harbormaster’s picks: Gray Wolf Wood can be speedy! Winner of the 2023 international Race to Alaska, Gray …

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Admire the Beauty of Handcrafted Boats

In 2023 Highlights, Festival Highlights

In the last few years, we’ve seen a wonderful resurgence of craftsmanship. More and more people are building small handmade boats—putting their love and care into creating something beautiful with their own hands. Throughout Festival grounds, a stunning array of meticulously crafted trailerable boats and kayaks will grace both land and water. The First Fed Commons will be the focal …

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Historic Thunderbird Sailboats #1 and #2

In 2023 Highlights

By Guy Hoppen Thunderbird #1, launched in November of 1958 and known as Number 1 or Thunderbird, and Thunderbird #2, named Pirouette and launched in August of 1959, will be moored together perhaps for the first time since the 1960s at the 2023 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival!  The Thunderbird sailboat was inspired by a Douglas Fir Plywood Association design …

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First time at Festival?

In 2023 Highlights, Festival Highlights

The Wooden Boat Festival is a celebration of boatbuilding skills, craft, education, and adventure. There are hundreds of wooden boats of all shapes and varieties, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, activities for kids, and a number of ways to get out on the water. If you’re new to Festival, you may be wondering—where do I start? Here are some tips and can’t-miss activities …

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A Smile on the Sea: Allen and Sharie Farrell’s China Cloud is still riding high

In 2023 Highlights, Festival Highlights

By Dan Rubin Sometime in the mid-1970s, Allen and Sharie Farrell, renowned for their hand-built sailing vessels and offshore adventuring, were living in a little cedar shake floathouse in False Bay on Lasqueti Island, when Allen began sketching plans for a vessel unlike any they had ever built. They had already managed to obtain their beautiful boat, Native Girl, back …

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Arshay Cooper and “A Most Beautiful Thing” to Headline Wooden Boat Festival 2023!

In 2023 Highlights

Join us on Saturday night at Festival for a special cinematic experience as we present A Most Beautiful Thing with Arshay Cooper—the movie’s inspiring protagonist—on-site to hold a Q&A session after the screening. Inspired by Cooper’s 2015 memoir, A Most Beautiful Thing is a 2020 documentary film chronicling the history of the first US African American public high school rowing …