2014 Pocket Yacht Palooza!


The 2014 Pocket Yacht Palooza will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, with the public boat show on Saturday and Sunday reserved for participants to enjoy sharing their boats on the water.

Location, as before, will be the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, with boats displayed in four areas: On the First Federal Commons (photo at upper right); along the adjoining saltwater beach; tied to floats at the end of the NWMC pier, and in adjoining Point Hudson Marina. (Boats in Point Hudson will primarily be deep-keel sailboats that cannot haul up on the beach or be easily trailer-displayed.)

The 2013 Palooza was a big hit, with 75-plus boats displayed, and we’re expecting at least that many boats for 2014--maybe more!

The free public boat show will once again run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday morning participating boat owners will hit the water together, rowing, sailing, paddling and/or powering across Port Townsend Bay for a picnic lunch together on the beach of Rat Island.

Last year’s Palooza featured a sailing-rig discussion that was fascinating, and we may repeat the exercise in 2014. The Marine Swap Meet went off smoothly; we were entertained by the Ukuleles Unite group; Dale McKinnon and Kirk Gresham offered great slide talks in the evening, after an excellent potluck on the beach. We’ll repeat the potluck and slide-talk idea this year--stay tuned for details.

Thanks to our sponsors, to all of the Palooza volunteers, and to everyone who brought a boat to the event. Many of us had the same thing to say: We’d never in our lives seen such an incredible variety of great boats--rowing, paddling, sailing and power.

If you’d like to bring a boat (or two) to the 2014 Pocket Yacht Palooza, please let us know. Registration is free and consists of simply emailing a description of your boat to Marty Loken at norseboater22@gmail.com  (If you have a preference regarding display of your boat--on its trailer in the Commons, along the beach or in adoining Point Hudson Marina, please let us know.)

We’ll see you there, July 19-20, in Port Townsend...

- Marty