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This event will showcase 75 outstanding small boats in the water and an additional 25-30 on dry land. The dates are July 26-27 at Port Ludlow Marina on beautiful Port Ludlow Bay just 13 nautical miles south of Port Townsend. With terrific views of the Olympic Mountain range, and protected waters, the bay is perfect for a small-boat gathering—and as a bonus, we have secured virtually all guest-moorage slips in the marina, assuring that we’ll be able to display a wide range of small-boat designs along one contiguous dock, and in one upland area close to the boats that are in the water.
During the SBF, participants with in-the-water boats will be free to row, sail, paddle, pedal or motor their boats around the bay…offering rides if they wish, or having their boats photographed for a video documentary by Off Center Harbor, the Maine-based production company.
We’re already planning for a few areas of special focus: Electric small craft and human-powered small boats, so there will be areas set aside for those boats and some presentations made on subjects like the increasing practicality of electric power; comparisons between rowing, paddling and pedal-powered small craft; and tips on how to get beyond day use and start camp-cruising your smaller boat.
Sponsors of the SBF #
Additional sponsors will be announced in coming weeks, but our initial list includes the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Duckworks Boat Builders Supply, Small Craft Advisor magazine, Gig Harbor Boat Works, Glen-L Marine, Port Ludlow Marina and of course our organizing group, the Pacific Northwest Pocket Yachters. We sincerely thank our sponsors and encourage all participants in the Small Boat Festival to support their products and services.
Show off your boat #
Even though nearby Port Townsend hosts its big annual Wooden Boat Festival, the SMALL BOAT FESTIVAL will absolutely not be limited to wooden boats. (Focus of the event will be on attractive and functional designs, so we expect a lot of older fiberglass production sailboats, along with homebuilt wooden watercraft. Everything from SCAMPs to slippery full-keel classics; and from rowing, paddling, pedaling and engine-powered boats to SUP’s, canoes, custom kayaks and other small watercraft.)
Boats will arrive at Port Ludlow on Friday, July 26, and the SBF will take place all day on Saturday the 27th, with the public invited to attend between the hours of 10 and 6. Registered skippers and their crews will enjoy dinner in the marina’s huge Pavilion tent Saturday evening, along with terrific raffle prizes and visits from some luminaries in the world of small boats.
Ready to register? #
Registration fee for the two-day festival will be $75 which includes
- in-the-water moorage or dry-land display
- the Saturday evening dinner
If you have a small boat we’d love to have you show it at the festival. Fill out the registration form and the organizing committee will get in touch with you to work out final details.
Please note that you’ll need to be signed into a Google account (gmail, youtube, etc) in order to fill out the form - that helps us keep down the internet riffraff. If this poses a problem for you, send us an email at email@example.com.
Further details #
Trailer launching options #
Launching trailer boats isn’t possible inside Port Ludlow Bay, but there are a number of ramps in the area—the best being the paved all-tides ramp at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina.
Boats can also be launched at:
- the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock (7.2 nautical miles north of Port Ludlow)
- the Mats Mats Bay ramp (4 nautical miles to the north)
Overnight parking of tow rigs is very limited at Port Hadlock and Mats Mats Bay, and no empty boat trailers can be parked at Port Ludlow Marina, so the best bet might be launching in Port Townsend and cruising south to Port Ludlow on Friday…or even turning the transit into a slightly longer mini-cruise by—(just for instance)—launching in Port Townsend on July 24, overnighting in Mystery Bay on nearby Marrowstone Island that night, then Mats Mats Bay the second night (Thursday the 25th), before arriving at the SMALL BOAT FESTIVAL venue by Friday afternoon, July 26.
Check out time from Port Ludlow #
Check-out from SBF moorage slips will be noon on Sunday, unless individual boat owners wish to stay longer, paying regular guest-slip rates to extend their stay. If skippers wish to display an additional boat, either in the water or on land, a reduced $50 fee will apply for the second small boat registered.
Watch this space for further logistical details.
Register now! #
We expect this event to fill up quickly, so act quick and register today!
We look forward to seeing you in Port Ludow this July!