Wooden Boat festival First Impressions

I just got back from the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend.  My first impression is that i am a little overloaded.  The sheer variety of vessels is amazing.  It was a splendid oportuninty to see some of the designs I have only seen in pictures.  There was a Pacific Pelican which is a stretched version of the San Francisco Pelican.  What a difference two feet make.  This is a very roomy boat.

There were many large boats such as the schooners Martha, Adventuress and Spike Africa.  They made an attractive spectacle racing across the bay.  A crowd of sails enhances any landscape.

The demonstrations were very good.  I sat in on one about traditional sailmaking techniques and another about timber joinery in ancient ships.  I met lots of interesting people and generally had a day to build the spirit.

 
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