WBF_highlights_banner_webEach year we try to bring back the well-loved elements that make the Festival a beloved 40 year-old tradition, while also introducing new activities, speakers, and events. Below are some of the highlights at Festival 2016! You can view the full 2016 schedule here.

Stay tuned for 2017 Highlights and Schedule! 

Nigel Calder
Nigel Calder is a renowned lecturer and author of books of reference for marine, electrical, and mechanical information. His articles have appeared in numerous boating magazines. He and his family have spent decades sailing and cruising in boats they have built. In his spare time Nigel is a member of the ABYC Electrical Project Technical Committee.

Understanding Boat Electrical Systems
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cotton Building
Tuition: $125, call to register: 360-299-8500

Understanding Marine Diesel Engines
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cotton Building
Tuition: $125, call to register: 360-299-8500

Solving the Energy Equation
Friday, September 9, 2016, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Cascade Room

Lessons Learned Along the Way 
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Olympic & Cascade Rooms

Can You Trust Your Charts? 
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Cascade Room

Lin Pardey
Lin Pardey wrote her first sailing article 3 years after she started voyaging with her partner Larry onboard their 24′ self-built, engine-free cutter Seraffyn. Since then, hundreds of her articles have appeared in magazines around the world. Working alongside Larry, she has created 5 successful DVD programs, condensed versions of which have appeared on PBS. They have written 12 books which have sold more than 350,000 copies. Pardey also publishes her own titles, and her 13th book, Taleisin’s Tales, is being launched at this 40th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

Writing, Videos, Blogging: How to Make It Pay 
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Pope Marine Building
$60

Creating the Unstoppable Cruising Boat 
Friday, September 9, 2016, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Olympic & Cascade Rooms

The Adventures That Shaped Our Lives 
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Olympic & Cascade Rooms

Lust or Logic: Restoring a Wooden Boat 
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1:15–2:15 p.m.
Cascade Room

Vanishing Sail 
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Cascade & Olympic Rooms

Alwyn Enoe is one of the last boatbuilders of the Grenadines, practicing a trade passed down the generations from Scottish settlers in the 19th century. He is approaching his 70s, and with no more orders coming in, he decides to build one last sailing sloop with the hope that his sons will continue the trade. The film follows Enoe’s journey of resilience and determination over three years. Stories from the old Caribbean of trading by sail and smuggling contraband interweave a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community. Watch this award winning documentary and meet the director, cinematographer, and producer, Alexis Andrews.

Greg Hatten: A Dozen National Parks in a Wooden Boat  
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Cascade Room

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Olympic Room

Greg Hatten has been running treacherous rivers in the Pacific Northwest for years, always in a handcrafted wooden drift boat. Greg and his crew of river runners have amassed a collection of HD video and high resolution pictures from the Colorado, Rogue, McKenzie, Deschutes, Snake, Owyhee, John Day, and many other rivers. Greg has published several articles about river running that have appeared in WoodenBoat Magazine, Small Boat, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Overland Journal, Salmon Steelhead Journal, and others.

Kaci Cronkhite: Haulout-from-hell to Happily-every-after
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Cascade Room

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Cascade Room

Kaci Cronkhite is the author of the newly released book, Finding PAX: The Unexpected Journey of a Little Wooden Boat. For 10 years, until 2011, she served as director of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and in executive roles for the Wooden Boat Foundation and Northwest Maritime Center. Before Port Townsend, she sailed more than 60,000 miles around the world, lived a decade in Alaska, and spent her childhood on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Her Danish spidsgatter PAXis based year round in Port Townsend and is on display throughout the Festival.

Don’t miss the Authors’ Tent at the Festival! Meet the authors, buy books, and have them signed by the published Festival presenters.

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