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40th Annual Wooden Boat Festival to be Best Fest Yet

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The Northwest’s premier Wooden Boat Festival turns 40 this year — head on up to Port Townsend, Washington to celebrate these traditional vessels and  the organization that has put this on for four decades: The Northwest Maritime Center.

The Wooden Boat Festival is a magnet for boat builders and general boating enthusiasts around the world, and Port Townsend offers a picturesque setting to  gather together to learn about and experience these classic boats.

This year, the festival takes place on September 9th,10th and 11th — and tickets are still available, ranging from $17 to $35. Once you get a ticket, you’ll have access to a variety of activities, presentations and exhibitions. On Friday and Saturday, the fest will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The jam-packed schedule includes courses on understanding diesel engines, figuring out boat electrical systems, Norse boat building techniques, re-painting boats, and so much more. Visitors can take tours on specific boats, hear from a married couple that spent 7 years on a 31’ boat, and participate in a rowing race.There will be about 300 boats inland and out on the water, with 120 varied presentations about the boats and how they work, dozens of exhibitions, live music throughout the weekend, and food, beer and wine provided by local vendors.

Check out the official schedule for up to date information and registration for events.

So, for all of you stuck in town over the long holiday weekend coming up, be sure to head to the Port Townsend next weekend to see some truly incredible boats and learn more than ever thought you could about them. If you have any other questions, just visit their FAQ page

Cheers to another 40 years of the Wooden Boat Festival!

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