Wooden-boat show returns to Pacific Northwest


The 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held this weekend in Port Townsend, Wash., with 300 boats on land and in the water, wooden boat experts and dozens of exhibitors.

The festival features a harbor typically filled with hundreds of wooden boats, including double-ended cutters, tall ships, classic powerboats, working vessels, row boats, shells and kayaks. On land, visitors will see boats being built and can see new and restored vessels.

The festival opens at 9 a.m. Friday and continues through Sunday. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three days. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for teenagers (ages 13 to 19), and $10 for visitors age 65 and older and active military personnel with an ID.

Today there will be a special presentation from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring festival headliners Steve Callahan, an author, naval architect, inventor, and sailor, and bestselling nautical authors, ocean sailors and boatbuilders Lin and Larry Pardey. There also will be a question-and-answer session led by Practical Sailor Darrell Nicholson.

The fee is $50 for the morning session, $60 for the afternoon session or $95 for the whole day.