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Get On the Water

The Wooden Boat Festival is a magical place, and nothing lets you feel the magic more than getting out on a boat! The festival provides several ways for you to get out rowing or sailing at no charge, but tips go to support youth sailing programs.

Row and Sail a Longboat
Journey back in time aboard replicas of Captain George Vancouver’s ship’s boat from 1792. Work together as a crew to row and/or sail aboard these 26’ open boats with 8 rowing stations. Ages 12 and up.  Sign-ups start at 9:00 am for longboat rides.

• Friday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
• Saturday 9:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
• Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Take a Ride on the Martha J
Take a ride on the beautiful Martha J—a 1984, 24′ motor launch built by built by Casco Bay Boatworks, of Portland, Maine. Leave from the Northwest Maritime Center dock on the hour and half hour. Sign up at the dock. Maximum 8 people per ride.

• Friday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
• Saturday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. & 4:00–8:00 p.m.
• Sunday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Get Out and Paddle
Visit Pygmy Kayaks at their showroom inside the festival grounds or Chesapeake Light Craft at their display on the Point. Other vendors occasionally offer opportunities to get on the water—just ask!

Charter Schooner Adventuress
Step aboard the 1913 Schooner Adventuress for a sail on Port Townsend Bay. Help to raise the sails, sing sea shanties, and experience the joy of sailing a century-old tall ship operated by Sound Experience. Space is limited. For advance purchase of Adventuress tickets, go to, call 360.379.0438 or visit us on board at the City Dock. Free dockside tours on Friday and Sunday from 9:00–10:00 a.m.

Friday, September 9—**Sails are half price on Friday only**
Free Dockside Tours: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Festival Sail: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., $32.50/adult, $17.50/youth
Festival Sail: 3:00–6:00 p.m., $32.50/adult, $17.50/youth

Saturday, September 10
Festival Sail: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., $65/adult, $35/youth
Schooner Race: 2:00–6:00 p.m., $95/adult, $45/youth

Sunday, September 11
Free Dockside Tours: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Festival Sail: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., $65/adult, $35/youth
Festival Sail-By: 3:00–6:00 p.m., $65/adult, $35/youth

Charter Lady Washington
This is a replica of the original Lady Washington, built in the late 1700s and the first American vessel to make landfall on North America’s West Coast. In 1989, Washington State’s centennial year, she was launched in Aberdeen, WA, by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. Charters depart from the NWMC dock.

Friday, September 9
Dockside Tours: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., $5/person suggested donation
Adventure Sail: 3:00–5:00 p.m., $47/adult, $39/children 12 and under

Saturday, September 10
Dockside Tours: 9:00 a.m.–noon, $5/person suggested donation
Schooner Race Viewing: 1:30–3:30 p.m., $47/adult, $39/children 12 and under

Sunday, September 11
Dockside Tours:9:00 a.m.–noon, $5/person suggested donation
Festival Sail-by: 2:00–5:00 p.m., $75 all ages

Charter Schooner Zodiac
Location: Anchored, Ship’s Tenders Pick Up NWMC dock

The Zodiac is a classic gaff rigged schooner built in 1924 and at 160’ she is the largest historic windjammer in the Pacific Northwest. Passengers are welcome to help raise and maneuver the sails, take a turn on the ship’s wheel and explore below decks. All of our festival sails include buffet meals cooked fresh in our galley by our professional chef and we also have a full bar service on deck. Lunch and dinner sails daily for the festival.

Please visit or call us at 206.719.7622. Be on the NWMC dock for Pick up 30 minutes prior to sailing times.

Friday, September 9
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch Sail, $65 adults, $45 kids
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Salmon Supper Sail, $79 adults, $59 kids

Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch Sail, $65 adults, $45 kids
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Salmon Supper Sail.Schooner Race, $79 adults, $59 kids

Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch Sail, $65 adults, $45 kids
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Salmon Supper Sail/Sail-By, $79 adults, $59 kids

Go Out On a Charter
Several boats are usually available to charter during the Festival. Adventuress and Odyssey are Festival regulars! Charter boats operate off the Northwest Maritime Center dock, city dock, and Union Wharf. See Festival program for this year’s details. For advance purchase of Adventuress tickets go to