Pete Leenhouts - Port Ludlow, Washington - USA
For Wooden Boats
I had the opportunity
to attend another day of the Seattle Center for Wooden
Boats 2007 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival on the
south end of Lake Union on the 2nd of July (www.cwb.org).
There were a great many interesting boats to admire.
I focused on the small boats for this report on day
three of the five-day Festival.
Eric Hvalsoe (www.Hvalsoe-boats.com)
is a long-time Seattle small boat builder and instructor.
His boats are always wonderfully instructive to contemplate.
Here's his Hvalsoe-16, powered by an 84-square foot
unstayed, loose-footed sprit rig.
A closeup of the foredeck
of the Hvalsoe-16 is a study in small boat perfection
(notice the sponge in the bilge?).
Corey Freedman, one
of the few builders concentrating on skin-on-frame
built this Alaskan umiak (essentially, a large cargo
boat) with students several years ago. This boat is
lashed together with nylon lashings in the same manner
that the Alaskan Aleut Indians built them for centuries,
and skinned with nylon and urethane. (The outboard
is mounted on the sailboat, not the umiak!) I'll have
more on Corey and his unique boats in a later article.
The Pete Culler-designed
harbor tug, CAPN PETE, was built by the students in
the Marine Carpentry Program at Seattle Central Community
College several years ago and recently overhauled.
She is a real workhorse, as is...
The Seattle Central
Community College Marine Carpentry Program-built 17-foot
garvey. It's powered with a 30hp Honda outboard in
The garvey, too, is
used on a daily basis by the Center for Wooden boats.
Here, it is towing a small fleet of spectator boats
around the piers for a tour of the Festival.
There was pond sailing
for interested kids...(the yacht CUTTERHEAD provides
a stellar backdrop!)...
...and rides in one
of the Center's two sharpies.
There were hydroplanes
(both old and new) for the go-fast crowd...
and shiny boats for
the folks who enjoyed the look of acres of clear,
I'll close this article
with a shot north from the Festival across Lake Union,
with the 1913 East Boothbay ME-built schooner ADVENTURESS
out for a slow sail on the lake. That little skiff
out in the foreground was owner-built...the individuals
in the boat carried it down the piers, put it in the
water, and went out for a row in the sunshine.
In short, this Festival
is one of the premier small-boat shows on the West
Coast. The Center for Wooden Boats does a superlative
job bringing a wide variety of wooden boats to the
public in the now-pristine waters of Lake Union, and
deserves our thanks, appreciation and support for
another Festival well done!
Student, Repair and Restoration Class
North West School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Port Hadlock WA