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In September we make it a point to head to the Pacific Northwest to learn and laugh with our friends at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and beyond.

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ALEUTIAN TERN – A Bill Garden Alaskan Cruiser: I’m thinking if we had a vote around the OCH office to determine our favorite boat, Aleutian Tern would be among the t...
The Schooner ALCA i – Living the Retirement Dream: A pilot house schooner fulfills one man’s dream by serving as a retirement home in the Pacific Northwest....
A Solar-Electric Catamaran, The Ultimate Low Maintenance Cruiser – ELECTRIC PHILOSOPHY: An up-close tour of a 100% solar powered electric houseboat that will get you thinking....
A Row Around the Harbor at the 2022 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: Get aboard a skiff with Eric Blake and tour the Port Townsend fleet. It will make you feel you are right there at the fe...
Marty Loken’s RAVEN – A John Alden Motorsailer: The powerboat RAVEN, at only 29 feet, is a remarkable summertime live aboard for a couple of experienced cruisers. For t...
2021 Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation – British Columbia and the Inside Passage with Tad Roberts, Bill Noon & Karen Sullivan: Get an insider's tour of the spectacular fishing and cruising grounds of Canada's west coast....
Port Townsend: How a Legendary Boat-Town was Built, A Presentation from the 2021 Worldwide Classic Boat Show: Carol Hasse and Kaci Cronkhite walk us through a history of Port Townsend and reveal how it became the wooden boat cente...
The Poulsbo Boat, A Camp Cruising Motor Boat: The Poulsbo Boat certainly has a lot going for it: she’s seaworthy, commodious, handsome and rooted in the history of...
A Fisherman, A Designer, and A Broker – Friendships Centered on Real Boats: Three old salts sit around a table talking about Northwest salmon trollers. We learned a lot about these noteworthy vess...
Understanding Wooden Boat Construction, Part 3 – Planking: In the third part of our series on wooden boat construction, Sean illustrates carvel, lapstrake, and cold-molded methods...
Understanding Wooden Boat Construction, Part 2 – Hull Structure: In Part 2 we see how the basic components of a wooden boat (bilge stringers, clamp, shelf, frames & planking) go tog...
Gypsy Wagons: A Tour with Master Wainwright Jim Tolpin: Gypsy wagons are an exciting melange of ancient Romani dynamism and aesthetics, and wainwright Jim Tolpin is a modern ma...
Understanding Wooden Boat Construction, Part 1 – The Backbone: This clear and authoritative visual depiction of a wooden boat’s backbone structure will raise your understanding of h...
The Beloved Bartender – A Proven Seaworthy Design for Exploring the Pacific Northwest: Bartenders are legendary boats of the Oregon coast designed and built to take on the challenges of the Columbia River ba...
The Gaff-Rigged Sloop SKORRI, Paul Gartside Design No. 165: Take a sail on a nifty Paul Gartside 16' gaff-rigger built by an experienced amateur....
The Grasshopper Experiment, Russell Brown’s Fuel Efficient Motor Boats: And now for something completely different: In his search for efficiency on the water, Russell Brown puts legs on a pair...
The Tug Yacht LA FILLE, A Family Adventure Boat: A "tug yacht" to some may seem like a contradiction in terms but LA FILLE merges opposite right before our eyes.  R...
A Visit with Bertram Levy, Part 2 – Sailing His Sweet Double Ender: After savoring the process of building of this magnificent 19-foot sloop, Bertram has invited us to go for a sail. Welco...
Going Slow, Small, and Simple Through the Inside Passage to Alaska: In this busy hectic world, it's nice to see a couple who have made the time to enjoy nature's grandeur via thrift, effic...
RIPTIDE – A 1927 Cruiser Coming Back to Life: The roaring '20s were a boom time for recreational boating and nowhere are the joys and aesthetics of the time more enjo...
Inger Rankins’ Seventy48 Race, Rowing 70 Miles in a PT11 Dinghy: 70 miles in an 11 foot dinghy... Are you KIDDING me? Racing against teams of rowers? Inger Rankins will give you new per...
Just Keep Going, Part 2 – Racing the Drake Raceboat 20′ in Seventy48: Row row row... but for 70 miles? For Team No Dream and 101 other human powered boats, that was the reality of  racing i...
Just Keep Going, Part 1 – Building the Drake Raceboat 20: Last year Nate and his brother Cooper tackled R2AK and this year Nate has undertaken to build his first boat and then ro...
Kayak Wisdom, Part 4 – The Benefits of Greenland Paddles: Veteran kayaker and founder of Pygmy Boats, John Lockwood takes us through why he switched to Greenland paddles and neve...
Boatshop Talk – Getting Ready for the SEVENTY48 Race: Nate is our guy and he already had great rowing chops and now it's a whole string of firsts: this is the first boat that...
A Visit with Bertram Levy, Part 1 – In the Shop & Building Boats: One of life's fine pleasures is simply hanging out in the boatshop talking shop. And so we stopped by to visit retired d...
Ben Seaborn’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, A Badass Family Boat for Racing & Cruising: The Thunderbird sailboat is an economic and versatile weekender/racer/cruiser that offers both performance and below dec...
STITCH, A Ted Geary U.S. Forest Ranger Boat: Take a cruise on a Ted Geary designed powerboat built for the U.S. Forest Service in 1930 and now converted into a live-...
Beautiful West Coast Fishing Boats, PACIFIC – A Retired Halibut Longliner: Climb aboard the F.V. PACIFIC, a retired halibut longliner, to meet Don Macmillan who successfully fished her for many y...
Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, A Shipyard Walkabout: Big buildings, proper machinery, tools, and 12 co-op partners, who manage projects, make up the Port Townsend Shipwright...
Having a Boat Designed and Built – LA VIE EN ROSE: Having a boat designed and built is an experience in itself. As luck would have it, we caught up with David Lesser durin...
OYSTER, a Rugged 26’ Coastal Cruising Sailboat: OYSTER - a rugged 26' coastal cruising sailboat - caught our attention during our trip out down in the Chesapeake and we...
A 16-foot Pilothouse Motorsailer? You’ve Got to be Kidding!: In our travels, we've seen a number of fascinating designs. But nothing caught our eye like HEATHER - a 16-foot pilothou...
Sand Casting Marine Hardware: The Port Townsend Foundry: We visit the Port Townsend Foundry to see how they utilize the sand casting process to create in-house marine hardware....
Building Momentum, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Eric Blake joins Head instructor Sean Koomen for a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock,...
GLORYBE – A Pure Simple Pleasure Boat: When a pleasure boat as sweet as GLORYBE chugs into view, even the most die-hard of sailors start thinking that maybe a...
Gougeon 32 – A Fast Trailerable Catamaran: Jump aboard the Gougeon 32, a fast, trailerable, retro catamaran, as Russell Brown and Alan Gurski give us the inside sc...
It’s a Brother Thing – Team Bunny Whaler & The Race to Alaska: "Making do" with the boat they already had, and living so fully during the journey, we're inspired by the Rooks brothers...
Greenland Kayak Rolling with Freya Fennwood: Greenland Kayak Rolling champion Freya Fennwood takes us through a progression of Greenland sea kayak rolls for all type...
Good Story Paddle Boards – Built with Soul, Matthew Nienow’s Lyrical Watercraft: These stand-up paddle boards are built to handle the waves with ship-like confidence and finesse....
TRIXTER – From Alaskan Mail Boat to Family Cruiser: Every once in a while, a charming old work boat like TRIXTER comes along that does exactly what they do best: provide...
Ron Mueller’s Eco 55 Power Cat – JUST ENUF: Just when we thought we'd seen about everything in the way of a boat, the Eco 55 Power Cat JUST ENUF slides into view: p...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Bunny Whaler: Team Bunny Whaler: Two young guys in an open Boston Whaler sailboat facing a 750 mile sail to Alaska. They have the skil...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Sea Runners: Thomas Nielsen, with his friend Scott Veirs,  raced in last year's inaugural Race to Alaska, aka R2AK.   They built th...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Sistership: Michelle Boroski - Captain, Johanna Gabbard, Janice Mason, Sherry Smith - Team Sistership is the first all female crew t...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Liteboat: At 59, Mathieu Bonnier, owner and founder of Liteboat, has traveled from France to go the distance; 750 miles- from Port...
Race To Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Hot Mess Racing: Team Hot Mess: Four guys in their twenties get their hands on a 37 year old Olson 30 and after a spring of racing in the...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Pure & Wild: Team Pure & Wild return from last year.  Same team name and sponsor, but different crew and boat.  They are local...
The Schooner MARTHA – Making Something Beautiful Happen: Built in San Francisco in 1907-1908, the 68' B.B. Crowninshield schooner MARTHA remains a graceful and powerful presence...
Kayak Wisdom, Part 2 – How to Load a Kayak: When looking for balance, let John Lockwood of Pygmy boats walk you through important tricks in how to load a kayak. The...
Kayak Wisdom, Part 1 – Choosing a Kayak for Touring or Recreation: We've always wondered about the differences and critical design elements of touring and recreational kayaks. Now we know...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 1 – Flush Panel Construction: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove puts together a frame and panel constructed pilot house door for a Northwest...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 2 – Finish & Fit: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove finishes and fits the frame and panel constructed door for a Northwest Fish...
The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle — Our Favorite Place in this Great City: The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle has long set a standard for bringing people to the waterfront and getting them st...
DAVID B – One Boat, Two Hearts: A skilled mechanical tinkerer and a gifted naturalist/cook turn their combined talents to the restoration of an ancient...
1965 Tollycraft Vacationer, A 25′ Retro Cruiser: In the 1950's, when many Americans were moving out to the suburbs in two-tone Chevy Bel Airs, a few lucky families also...
Norwegian Faering at Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: It's not easy for a beautiful boat to stand out at a show among 300 other amazing boats, but this Norwegian Faering at t...
FRANCIS LEE: The Ultimate Sailing Machine, Part 1 – The Design Spiral: When a veteran sailor and one of America's great yacht designers get together to discuss the creation of a sailboat that...
Building Boat Furniture Using Plywood and Cleat Construction: We visit the Grove Woodworking School on Gabriola Island in British Columbia where boatbuilder Tony Grove demystifies th...
The Native Canoe of the Salish Sea: A Modern Plywood Version by Leif Knutsen: Leif Knutsen is a retired shipwright who lives in the Pacific Northwest and appreciates the fine seakeeping qualities of...
Just About Right – A Visit Aboard VITO DUMAS: Every now and then a young man meets his perfect boat and sails off into a lifetime of watery bliss. Hop aboard the Arge...
SPARKLE: The Boat to Beat: In 1947, two NASA rocket scientists started playing around with sailboat design. The result was SPARKLE: the boat to bea...
KINTORE – A Bill Garden Inspired Design: KINTORE: A sweet dream boat with Northwest roots and Bill Garden design finally goes home....
The PT-11 – A Nesting Sailing Dinghy: A nesting dinghy has one huge advantage. It allows you to replace your rubber ducky with a tender that rows and sails be...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #4 – Calibrating Your Eye for Luff Sag: Seeing the correct shape will help you get the most out of your sail....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #3, Of Rollers, Coils, & Curves: Coiling rope (or even your garden hose!) and other tips....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #2 – Tail Bury Lengths for Splicing Braided Rope: Synthetic ropes are strong but slippery. Here's how to be sure you have enough tail bury length when splicing braided ro...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #1 – Turnbuckles & Pins: Rigging tips from the pro on how best to handle turnbuckles and those terrible cotter pins....
The RowCruiser with Colin Angus: For when an afternoon row is just not enough, and you'd like to explore beyond the waters close at hand... and then spen...
TEAL – A Northwest Fisheries Patrol Vessel’s New Lease on Life: Welcome aboard M/V TEAL, a 78-foot Northwest fisheries patrol vessel built in 1927, and meet her owner, a courageous, ad...
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 3 – Mainsail Trim: In the end sailing is about safety, comfort and speed - and proper mainsail trim helps with all three. Legendary sailmak...
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 2 – The Headsail: Legendary sailmaker Carol Hasse shows us how to tell your jib from your genoa and how to manage headsail trim for better...
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 1 – Parts & Points of Sail: Knowing the parts and points of sail is important in deepening the understanding of sailing and how to trim sails. In th...
A Good Boat, Up Close – The Spidsgatter PAX: OCH Guide Kaci Cronkhite is a legend in the Northwest wooden boat scene.  A circumnavigator and long time director...
A Tale of Two Adventuresses – A Puget Sound Experience: Many starry-eyed youth have stepped aboard the schooner ADVENTURESS dreaming of rainbows, dolphins and a romantic life a...
Panga-Inspired Bass-Boat, Sam Devlin’s PELICANO: When we think about applying stitch-and-glue boatbuilding techniques, more often than not, we have small stuff in mind-...
John Lockwood – The Building Of Pygmy Boats: John Lockwood's life story, on the way to the founding of his company, Pygmy Boats, is as compelling as the kayaks he de...
A Visit Aboard Wooden Motor Trawler RAVEN: An experienced Northwest shipwright and cruiser takes us aboard his own wooden motor trawler, RAVEN, in which there seem...
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 3 – Below Deck: SOCKDOLAGER is just as interesting below decks as she is above.  Everybody can learn something about blue water outfitt...
Selecting Wood for Boat Building – A Few Basics: Here's the introductory course on wood for boat building with Ted Pike.  Plan your needs, get your wood early, for the...
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 2 – Above Deck: Even if you might not be planning to sail to Bora Bora, you'll find these outfitting tips useful....
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 1 – The Cockpit: Outfitting a small cruiser for voyaging for serious offshore work can be quite a challenge, especially when the boat in...
A Trailerable Motorsailer – Sam Devlin’s Boat LIT’L COOT: Practical, affordable and seaworthy, this latest Sam Devlin trailerable motorsailer, designed for the home builder, is a...
Sleepless in Port Townsend, Wooden Boat Festival: Coming home to the comforts of good friends and familiar waters has a feeling that's good for the soul. No doubt, Port T...
Sails for Blue Water Cruising with Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails: Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails has been building "Cape Horn ready" sails for many years.  Whether you dream of high...
It’s All in the Details – Aboard SEAGOIN: SEAGOIN, a snug cruiser from the Thirties caught Eric Blake's eye last fall at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat show.  Com...
Pocock Classic Racing Shells: What do you get when you cross a violin maker with a boatbuilder? We imagine it might look something akin to what happen...
It’s All in the Details – Impeccable Bronze Hardware: In Port Townsend at the Wooden Boat Festival , we stumbled upon a beautiful boat built by Paul Siefried, who has a passi...
A Good Boat, Up Close — The Nordic Folkboat LORRAINE: This video about Carol Hasse and her nordic Folkboat Lorraine is what we are aiming for at OffCenterHarbor.com.  Combin...

 

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