Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

This weekend we went south of the border to Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat Festival.

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This is the Lorraine, a folkboat, and one of my favorites.

Highlights included:

1. Research for a new writing project

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This is Alison, teaching us how to attach sliders to the edge of the sail.

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One of the many sewing machines in the sail loft.

2. Renewed enthusiasm for building the Navigator

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This is Ellie, a Navigator designed by John Welsford of New Zealand. We have one of these on the back deck and we’re hoping it will look like this one day. While we were admiring her, we met another couple who are also building one.

3. Meeting John Welsford

Yes! Really!

4. Coffee from the lovely Heidi, aka Java Gypsy

coffee

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When Patrick was at boat school, Heidi used to visit every day at morning tea time. She has an unbelievable memory for faces and names, and coffee orders, and her husband makes the best coffee in PT.

5. Thank goodness for ferry reservations

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Back in Port Angeles, the ferries were completely chocka, so we were glad we had a reservation. There was just time for a short walk along the waterfront to admire these guys. Aren’t they cool!

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4 thoughts on “Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

  1. What a lovely weekend you had and the weather looked so nice too. It must have been inspiring to see your boat that you are building in the water and meet the chap who built it. Hopefully talk soon xoxo

  2. Love the metal birds. They are cool! Will you sew your own sail too or do you need an industrial-strength sewing machine for that? Will you decorate it with an appropriate to J&P design?

    • I think you need a heavy duty sewing machine. The sail cloth gets thick when there’s more than one layer. Hopefully we’ll find a local sail maker, but not until we have the hull finished. But first there is the kayak…

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