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Call for Entries! New Boat Show in Port Townsend: Pocket Yacht Palooza

May 7, 2012

Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center will be the site of the first annual Pocket Yacht Palooza, a one-day boat show organized by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters club to celebrate traditional smaller rowing and sailing boats.

The show, free to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Pocket Yacht Palooza will feature boats belonging to several Puget Sound-area groups, including the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters and the Puget Sound chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association. Boats from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and the Northwest Maritime Center’s boatshop will also be displayed.

Organizers are appealing to the general public, hoping that owners of other smaller rowing or sailing craft in the 10- to 23-foot range will agree to participate in the event. “We’re eager to celebrate a wide variety of smaller boats, whether built of wood or fiberglass, and we know there are hundreds of interesting trailerable boats on the Olympic Peninsula, so we’d like to hear from owners who might be willing to display their small craft during the Pocket Yacht Palooza,” said Marty Loken, one of the organizers.

No entry fees will be charged, said Loken, who emphasized that “this is not one of those judged shows where people need to worry about whether their boat is in perfect condition.” The main goal, he said, is to display a variety of interesting designs and appreciate the different ways in which designers and builders have produced smaller watercraft that are functional, seaworthy and in some cases surprisingly roomy for their size.

Many of the boats in the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters group are pocket cruisers—boats in the 10- to 23-foot range that are used for surprisingly lengthy cruises. “Most of us appreciate the famous quote of Larry and Lin Pardey, a couple who circumnavigated twice aboard a pocket cruiser,” said Loken. The Pardey’s oft-quoted line: “Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now.”

The Pocket Yacht Palooza is co-sponsored by the Small Craft Skills Academy, a four-day program that begins May 20 at the Northwest Maritime Museum. The Skills Academy is being organized by small-craft adventurer Howard Rice, who will speak Saturday evening, May 19, 7 p.m. at NWMC, describing his harrowing rounding of Cape Horn—both directions—in a small Klepper sailing canoe. The public is invited to attend; admission will be $7.00 per person.

For more details on the Pocket Yacht Palooza, visit the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters website,, or e-mail organizer Marty Loken at

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