Now in its fourth year, the Portland Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the final day of a Family Boat Build weekend, sponsored by RiversWest Small Craft Center, Oregon Maritime Museum and the Willamette Sailing Club. The event, which takes place on the banks of the Willamette River, will celebrate twelve families and teams, each building a Salt Water Bay skiff, with mentoring from expert wooden boat builders. Friday evening the teams meet and receive their kits of supplies. Saturday they commence building, and Sunday they will launch their finished boats.
CALL FOR WOODEN BOATS:
On Sunday the festival includes a display of wooden boats from local boat builders and owners. Space is available on the grounds for canoes, kayaks and boats on trailers, as well as dock space for larger vessels. There is no charge to display a boat, but you must be registered before the event. To enter your boat, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line WBF 2014 Boat Registration.
In addition to the boat displays, the Wooden Boat Festival offers free sailboat rides and the use of paddleboards and other small craft, plus information about Portland’s maritime history. Live music, food, toy boat building for youngsters, and a beer garden round out the day’s activities.