Email This Page to a FriendSleepless in Port Townsend, Wooden Boat Festival
April 5, 2013
Coming home to the comforts of good friends and familiar waters has a feeling that’s good for the soul. No doubt, Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival is good for the mind, body and spirit—a pilgrimage of sorts each year for the faithful, to a place and time that rejuvenates… IF you can get any sleep amongst the celebration.
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– I’ve been really trying baby. Trying to hold back these feelings for so long
– Sunrise here in Port Townsend the first morning of the show. The gates haven’t even opened yet and we just had a pretty good nights sleep on our old houseboat from 1909, Lotus here and we’re just comin’ up the beach, grab a cup of coffee. It’s pretty incredible to be a part of this whole scene out here. Let’s get it on Let’s get it on We’re all sensitive people So much to give
– Walking the docks here, there’s so many great boats it makes your head spin. See you got these incredibly traditional long boats, the whole Sam Devlin corner of the festival with these kind of modern power cruisers, 120 foot Pacific Grace fishing schooner. Big boats, little boats, little pocket cruisers to big schooners, it’s all here in Port Townsend. â™« Giving yourself to me â™« Never be wrong
– 16 feet of micro tug love. This is the big gaffer ally here at the show. We’re just gonna have a walk down. This is 113 year old Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. â™« I’m asking you baby to get it on â™« Please
– Check this thing out. It’s just got this amazing helm seat back here with it’s own cockpit. Just a really kind of high performance, very ultra traditional little day sailer. â™« So come on, come on, come on, come on darling â™« Stop beating around the bush
– [Eric] There’s lots of great wooden boat shows, but it’s the atmosphere of this one that makes it so unique. This isn’t just a boat show. It’s truly a festival. Where you can get aboard your favorite boats, talk to owners, learn from the experts. It’s a three day celebration of wood on the water.
– It’s a catamaran that I built this morning with my dad.
– If your shrouds are slack on the lured side, actually flopping loose, this is now capable of shock loads, which means fasteners, hull, keel, garber, everything wears our faster.
– We’re launching a new boat here. She’s gonna put it through its paces and show you guys about 10 different rolls.
– The point of forking the boat, as Jeff said, was to get, not to make the boat water tight, but to make the boat rigid. â™« I’ve been really trying baby â™« Trying to hold back these feelings for so long
– [Eric] The wooden boat festival was awesome and it is easy to see how since it began in 1977, the festival has become part of the fabric of Port Townsend and the entire Northwest boating scene. And for anyone who’s into wooden boats, this is the place they wanna be. I’ll be back next year for sure. â™« If the spirit moves ya let me groove ya â™« Let your love come on â™« Let’s get it on â™« Let’s get it on baby
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