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 …

View Post

S/V Tullamore

In Uncategorized

S/V Tullamore came into my life in June 2020, passed on by Scott McEniry of Bellingham. Scott had recently tossed a brand new Yanmar into “Tully,” thank you Scott. My stewardship of her begins with some additions/changes—a new and vastly improved propeller, a shortening of the tiller, carving out of the inevitable rotten planks, and—hopefully—adding a mainsheet winch and opening …

View Post

Teal

In Uncategorized

Teal was built for the Alaskan Department of Commerce for the fish and game patrol. She was completely restored by the Port Townsend Shipwrights to yacht standards.

View Post

Auzzy

In Uncategorized

I spent 20 years looking for a boat design that I could build when I retired. I was set to build a Devlin “Black Crown” and even rented one several times. My plans changed when I found Brian Dixon’s design “Great Alaskan”. I chose his design because of the planing hull. I started the build in January of 2019 and …

View Post

Summertime of Wight

In Uncategorized

Built at Cowes, Isle of Wight, to ocean race under RORC rules and competed in 1966 and 1967. When IOR rules came in, the boat was not competitive and was sold. It was then sailed across the Atlantic, through the Panama canal across to Hawaii. Then onto Victoria. Summertime has been displayed in Vancouver, Victoria, and Port Townsend, winning best …

View Post

Krokenen

In Uncategorized

The Krokenen is a robustly built, wooden classic built in 1977 in Grimstad, Norway. The hull form can generally be attributed to the coastal fishing boats of the country and was most probably built by a yard experienced with purpose built workboats and pocket cruising yachts for the fjords and waterways. The name means ‘Hiding Place’ as the builder’s son …

View Post

Susan Anne

In Uncategorized

I built the Haven 12 1/2 in 2008. It was my second carvel planked boat. After over 45 years as a fine furniture maker, I converted to boats. This soon became quite a passion. Years and a few boats later, I would say this was the hardest boat I have built. But the reward is a boat that is sweet …

View Post

Pleiades

In Uncategorized

This is a splendid example of a Howard Chapelle designed Pinky Schooner. Chapelle spent a lot of time and research effort on Pinky Schooners, which he considered to be one of the finest sea-going traditional crafts ever built. ‘Pleiades’ is based on Chapelle’s ‘Pinky Yacht’ design (as seen in his book American Sailing Craft), and it represents a slightly modified …

View Post

Meko

In Uncategorized

Built in 1931 for a Colonel E.R.Tooley (Victorian Regiment, BC) as a “Gentleman’s Cruiser”, MEKO was subsequently bought as a derelict vessel by retired shipwright Mike Haas of Squamish, B.C., in the early 2000s, as a project boat. He stripped the boat back to frames and started a rebuild that would take between 2005 – 2012. Mike passed away in …

View Post

Schooner Lavengro

In Uncategorized

Built in 1926 and originally named “Helen,” Schooner Lavengro is a 2/3rds scale yacht built on the lines of the Biloxi shrimp and oyster schooners of the early 1900s. During WWII she was loaned to the US Coast Guard Station in Biloxi, where she was used for sail training and as a patrol vessel. From the 1950s onward, she changed …