IMG_0863Optis are the world’s most popular dinghy sailboats, with over 150,000 worldwide.  We use them as a safe, independent way for beginners to start sailing all by themselves.


IMG_1105Vanguard 15 sailboats feature a mainsail and a jib, and are used to teach our intermediate and advanced sailors how to sail as a team, balance a boat and trim both sails for best performance.  Our Port Townsend High School Sailing Team also uses these same Vanguards for their racing season.


IMG_1181Thunderbirds (or T-birds) are 26′ wooden Pacific Northwest designed sloop sailboats. We are fortunate to have 2 of them which are used to teach our Adult sailing classes, including US Sailing basic Keelboat courses and all sorts of private lessons. They are responsive boats with a very safe and dry cockpit, and a small cabin.  Each is rigged slightly differently, to provide our students with a greater range of sailing experiences.  Zaca has roller furling and Risa has her halyards led aft to the cockpit for singlehanding.  Both are a joy to sail.


Dorjun is a converted 1905 lifeboat that has become our youngest students’ favorite boat.  It is a gaff rigged beauty, with a cabin and lovely lines.  It has a storied history, having been featured in a 1938 National Geographic Expedition through the Straits of Magellan with Amos Burg.


BH MDP June 2012 087Our 2 longboats, Townshend and Bear, are 26′ open wooden boats. They are historic replicas from Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the region in 1792 that were built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. The boats are equipped with 8 rowing stations and 3 sails. Stepping aboard is like going back in time. Both longboats are US Coast Guard Inspected vessels and are staffed by licensed Captains. The longboats are an integral part of our school programs as well as platforms for overnight voyages with programs like Outward Bound. Longboats excel at providing opportunities to learn to work together as a crew as well as developing confidence and leadership skills.


Martha J is a 24′ motor launch that is our MVP – used for races as a mark boat, for capsize drills as a safety boat, for classes as a science platform or on summer weekends as a great waterfront tour boat.


IMG_0164Our younger students learn to row in two of our rowboats – Pepe and Eileen R. Many adventures have started there!


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