Monday, September 13, 2010
Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2010
September 10-12, 2010 were the dates for the 34th annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.
A maritime vortex in the Salish Sea, Port Townsend has an international reputation for the preservation and perpetuation of traditional wooden boat building, restoration and lore.
The original festival was a home grown affair, an entirely grassroots, no hype gathering of local salty citizens.
That was the last time I was there, thirty three years ago. I happened to be in town and impulsively bought my first fixed keel boat that weekend, a Picaroon named Scud moored in the boat basin.
Many of my friends attend or exhibit at this fine show every year, so I'm informed about how it has grown but the actual event was even more than expected.
It's come a long way in three decades!
Hundreds of boats and exhibits, live music, great food, demonstrations, workshops and thousands of visitors.
Here is a slide show to give you some idea of how packed the weekend was. From mega yachts to homemade dingy tenders, there is something for every wood boat enthusiast at this festival. Regular readers will recognise some of the boats. If you have any questions or imput about a particular boat, please check in with a comment below...
It will not be another three decades before I go again, guaranteed!