Brought to you by the same folks who have been bringing you the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival for 44 years.

On-demand until Oct 19!

On-demand until Oct 19!

On-demand until Oct 19!

The Virtual Festival Program and live content schedule are here!

Click on the program cover to view the PDF. Note: Live content has ended. Most on-demand content available until Oct 19.

Welcome to the first ever Virtual Wooden Boat Festival!


What did we say when COVID-19 canceled the 44th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival? No problem, we’re taking it online! We have hours of wooden boat and adventuring footage, including fascinating stories from our global wooden boat community. Enjoy tons of on demand content, including 7 feature films with recorded Q&As from Sept 12 that are on demand until Oct 19, plus other fresh, exclusive, ON-DEMAND video content from all over the world.

On-demand content & recordings of Main Stage live Q&As are available until Oct 19.

How it Works

Buying tickets and accessing the Festival is easy! Just click the “Get Your Tickets” button on this page and complete your purchase. We’ll email you with a link to log in and access the content. That’s it! Easy peasy.

You’ll just need a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and solid internet access for streaming.

Main Stage


Feature Film
A Good Day’s Work: Two takes on a career in the trades

+ Followed by Q&A with retired shipwright Ernie Baird, boatbuilder-in-training Carolyn Corbin, and filmmaker Gabe Van Lelyveld

Feature Film
The Draken: Experience the largest viking ship in the world!

+ Followed by Q&A with Captain Bjorn, crewmembers Karin and Karolina, and filmmaker Danya Abt

Feature Film
Origin Story: The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

+ Followed by Q&A with Festival founder Carol Hasse, past Director Kaci Cronkhite, current Director Barb Trailer, Northwest Maritime Center Board Member David King, and filmmaker Gracie Simonette

Feature Film
Ceiba: Building a Sailing Cargo Ship in the Jungles of Costa Rica

+ Followed by Q&A with Danielle Doggett, Managing Director of SailCargo, and Rachel Knoll, filmmaker

Feature Film
The Western Flyer: Full restoration of the boat John Steinbeck took to the Sea of Cortez

+ Followed by Q&A with Susan Shillinglaw and Chris Chase of the Western Flyer Foundation, and Adam Laiben, filmmaker

Feature Film
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Wooden Boats: Scrappy rowboat adventures

+ Followed by Q&A with Ryan Hashagen, Margot St-Finch, and filmmaker Sarah Jean Kruchowski

Feature Event
She Tells Sea Tales: Stories of adventure, struggle, and triumph by female mariners

+ Followed by Q&A with Chrissy McLean and Rowan Santerre from the Girls’ Boat Project

Check out the Program for descriptions of our Main Stage features, a full look at the on-demand content on each stage.

We’re showing films, presentations, demos, tours, and Q&As created just for you, including…

The Viking Ship Draken

feature film with live Q&A
A viking ship captain, a graphic artist, and a naval architect reflect on their death-defying adventure aboard the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest viking ship in modern history. The Draken reveals truths about building and sailing that were ahead of their time and maybe ahead of ours as well.

Ceiba: Building a Sailing Cargo Ship in the Jungles of Costa Rica

feature film with live Q&A
Eco-minded about the high cost of traditional shipping, SailCargo, Inc. is building a vessel to carry trade under sail in the jungles of Costa Rica!

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Wooden Boats

feature film with live Q&A
Take an intimate look inside the world of DIY boating as we join Ryan Hashagen and Margot St-Finch on their journey sailing the Willamette River in the USS HAAA, a dory salvaged from near total destruction. Rebuilt with love and reclaimed wood from an old garden bed, the HAAA will prove that even a small boat can lead to big adventure.

A Good Day’s Work

feature film with Q&A
Retired shipwright Ernie Baird and boatbuilder-in-training Carolyn Corbin explore what it means to spend a life in the trades, and why Port Townsend is the perfect ecosystem for craftspeople like them to thrive.

John Steinbeck & the Western Flyer

feature film with live Q&A
It’s been 80 years since John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts took the Western Flyer on their excursion to the Gulf of California. Since then, the boat sank 3 1/2 times before being rescued by the current owner, who created the Western Flyer Foundation to restore the boat to its 1940s glory.

Boat Tours from Around the Globe

Come along as we take a tour of your local favorites plus boats from around the world!

The Art of Rope Making

Learn about rope making and forging with the Hardanger Maritime Centre in Norway, one of the biggest conglomerations of experts on the restoration of boats and vessels in the Nordic countries!

Boatbuilding as a Bridge Between Cultures: Croatia & Bosnia

James Bender of the Adriatic Maritime Institute tells the amazing story of Peace River Odyssey—using traditional boat building with youth to bridge cultural and religious barriers of warring countries.

She Tells Sea Tales

feature event with live Q&A
In this inspiring annual event, we hear from women mariners sharing their heartfelt and funny sea stories. This year featuring Rachael Slattery, Bonnie Obremski, Nancy Erley, Nahja Chimenti, and Kelley Watson as emcee.

Behind the Scenes Boat Shop Tour with Sam Devlin

See the shop where the Devlin boats are built—you won’t get this chance often! Plus incredible tours of other boat shops.

COVID Builds

A fun look at the boats being built by our community during the pandemic.

Behind the Scenes with Port Townsend Foundry

The Langley family has owned and operated the PT Foundry since 1983. Pete, takes us through his shop and shares some of the colorful history and vast knowledge of local boatbuilding.

Boatbuilder Panel Discussion

John Welsford, Clint Chase, John Harris, and Michael Storer debate best small boat design. What will it be?

and much more!

With presentations by Festival favorites including...

Lin Pardey

Nigel Calder

Matt Rutherford

Get your limited edition Virtual Wooden Boat Festival poster & t-shirt!

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Due to COVID-19 staffing constraints, we will be shipping orders every 1-2 weeks. Thanks for being patient with us!