The Center For Wooden
Boats Festival Boatshow
| By Pete Leenhouts - Port
Ludlow, Washington - USA
Hi Chuck - I had the
opportunity to participate in the Center for Wooden
Boats Boat Show in Seattle WA yesterday as a volunteer
for the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. The
show runs through the 4th of July.
This is the 31st year for the Center for Wooden Boats,
which, at the South end of Lake Union in Seattle WA,
is one of the centers of wooden boat activity in the
We had wonderful weather - nice and cool in the morning
on the ferry from Bainbridge Island east to the city
...and nice and warm
on the piers at the south end of the lake (low 80's,
I'd guess by mid-afternoon).
And, boats everywhere! This is the proud owner of
a home-built CALEDONIA yawl (an Ian Oughtred design)
talking to a fellow enthusiast and his son. There
were several CALEDONIA's at the show. It is a popular
This boat (below) is
the Pete Culler-designed fantail launch ZIPPY, built
by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding for
a Bainbridge couple in 2005.
One of the highlights
of that first day was the launch and dedication of
a Haida canoe, built on the Center's grounds with
public support by an expert builder, Saaduuts.
This little boat, FATHOM,
which began life near the turn of the last century
as a sailing gillnetter, was rescued by its owner
in 1954, bailed out and rebuilt into a neat little
fishing tug. It's had the same owner for 54 years!
Of course, there was
a family boatbuilding event ongoing under tents near
the entrance to the show. Here, Tad Cline (with drill)
and Scott Cline MacKinlay make great progress on a
Union Bay skiff.
One of the highlights
was our location on the pier just across from the
Kenmore Floatplane pier on the southwest end of Lake
Union, whose pilots reflected great professionalism
in safely navigating among the increased boat traffic
on the lake. Here, one of the planes taxis around
the ferry VIRGINIA V and one of the Center's two sharpies
(right distance) enroute to the terminal.
The Seattle Community
College Wooden Boat Program showed off their programs
nearby. That's a beautiful little Jay Benford-designed
skiff, one of their beginning projects, in front of
From hydrofoil racing
boats...(here, SHOCKWAVE shows off next to ongoing
construction which will yield more park space next
to the fully restored
ferry VIRGINIA V...
...there is plenty
to delight the eye and something for every wooden
boat enthusiast at The Center for Wooden Boats 2007
Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, which runs through
the 4th of July.
Student, Repair and Restoration Class
North West School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Port Hadlock WA