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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Northwest Maritime Center eNewsApril 3, 2013
In This Issue
CLC Northeaster Dory Class
Thanks to AmeriCorps
Dave Ber: Master Knife Maker
Workshops & Classes @ NWMC
Got a 3/4-ton Truck?
Crawford Nautical School
Symposium Recap
Upcoming Events & Classes
Wooden Boat Wednesday
Chesapeake Light Craft: Build Your Own Northeaster Dory
CLC logo
Assemble a faithful reproduction of this 17-foot, round-sided lapstrake dory, once the primary recreational craft on the New England coast. For registration information and other details, visit CLC's website or call 410.267.0137.
Thank You AmeriCorps Members 
A heartfelt thank you to the Olympic Peninsula AmeriCorps members who joined the Northwest Maritime Center staff for a day of service on Monday, April 1. We are grateful for your help in getting us ready for our summer programs!
Boatloads of fun with the Olympic Peninsula AmeriCorps members

Meet Our Craftsperson: 
Dave Ber, Master Knife-Maker
Dave Ber, a retired shipwright, handcrafts knives in his shop on San Juan Island. He cuts each individual blade with a torch out of 5160 Chicago steel, and solders a brass bolster to the tang. The tang is the part of the blade that is secured down into the knife handle. 

Handles are hand shaped from six varieties of rosewood, most often African blackwood and Central American cocobolo. He also uses desert ironwood from northern Mexico. These are heavy, stable woods that do not warp. Some of Dave's knife handles are adorned with fossilized or beach-found walrus ivory purchased legally from Alaska Natives.     

Dave only makes 25-35 knives a year.  They all include a sheath made of thick, vegetable-tanned cowhide, hand stitched with sail twine, which protects the blade.

Prices range from $260-$280. 

Workshops & Classes
at the NWMC

Fine Edge Nautical Seminars and Cruisers College presents iPad Navigation and Troubleshooting Your Boat in two 3-hour courses on Sunday, April 21. Visit their website for more information.
Sea Grant Washington Classes 
WSG, NWMC, the Jefferson Education Center and WSU Jefferson Extension are co-sponsoring a series of classes in April.

Diesel Engine Workshop
Sat/Sun, April 6 & 7, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Learn to troubleshoot diesel engine problems and proper maintenance techniques.

Marine Weather Workshop
Sat, April 27, 9 - 11:30 AM
Learn about storm structure and avoidance and other NW marine hazards, as well as where to get weather data and additional weather training.

Space is limited in all three workshops, so sign up soon. To register or for more information, contact Sarah Fisken, WSG Continuing Education Coordinator, by phone at 206.543.1225 or email
Point Wilson Sail &
Power Squadron Classes

ABC Course (Basic Boating Safety) 
April 19 (6-10 PM) &
April 20 (9 AM - 1 PM)
This is the Point Wilson Power & Sail Squadron's ABC class. Registration
$35 with additional $10 for spouse/other family member if using only one textbook. For more information, contact email Bob Monica or call 360.385.2634.

Thursdays, May 16 - June 27, 7-9 PM
This is a dry class but has an on-the-water component. $50 members/$80 nonmembers. Lead instructor: Linda Newland. Call 360.437.9350 for more information. 

Wanted: 3/4-ton Truck
The Wooden Boat Chandlery needs a 3/4-ton truck, in good working condition, for picking up freight at SeaTac and also for local delivery of chandlery products to

We'd love for it to be a donation (and you get the tax deduction!), but will consider a low-cost option, too.

Thank you!

Have any comments or suggestions for future issues? Please contact editor Len Maranan-Goldstein
Crawford Nautical School Coming to Northwest Maritime Center

We are pleased to announce an educational partnership with Crawford Nautical School, which will expand Crawford's training and course offering to the NWMC campus in Port Townsend.
The first classes could begin as early as May 2013 with 15-30 students. Additional classes will be offered in the fall of 2013 and a full curriculum will begin in 2014, running from January through April, and October through December, which could accommodate upward of 50 participants per week. Students are drawn from an international client base and will be staying from one to six weeks. It's anticipated that many will bring their families.

"This is an exciting opportunity because it realizes the vision of the NWMC as an educational center providing a continuum of experiences, from kids building toy boats to the most sophisticated training for professional mariners," said Jake Beattie, NWMC Executive Director. "It's net new business for Port Townsend, adding vitality to the community's enterprises during a time that's traditionally slow."

Crawford Nautical School is based in Seattle and is the oldest privately owned maritime training school in the United States. They have been training mariners from all areas of sea-going life - deep sea, coastal and inland waters; Master, Mates, Pilots and Engineers - for over 90 years. They offer courses covering the spectrum from deck officer training to STCW certification to engineering, all of which lead to certification and licensing  by the U.S. Coast Guard.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to expand our courses for professional mariners to Port Townsend - a community we've loved for decades," said Andrew Crawford, Partner. "The Northwest Maritime Center's new Pilothouse Navigation Simulator, additional state-of-the-art technical equipment and comfortable classroom space make it the ideal location for our expansion. We're looking forward to helping Port Townsend build its maritime future."

"This is a perfect complement to the vision of maritime-based education curriculum with the Port Townsend School District - we couldn't ask for more qualified people," said Beattie.

The Northwest Maritime Center is accomplishing its mission through an expanding range of programs and services that support the community at large, youth of all ages, maritime enthusiasts, recreational boaters, and increasingly professional mariners as well as those who aspire to a career in the maritime trades. The NWMC is home to seven businesses and non-profits, including the Wooden Boat Foundation, now in its 37th year of putting on the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

3rd Annual Spring Boating Symposium
Thanks to Pacific NW Boater for this great video recap!
More than 100 attendees chose from 30 classes taught by 20 experts in an intimate, hands-on learning environment. Keynote speakers Matt Rutherford - first to sail solo non-stop around North and South America - and sailor, author, and two-time circumnavigator Beth Leonard headlined the three-day event. For information on next year's symposium, check the NWMC website.
For video cruising guides, boat reviews, product demos, feature stories and more, visit pacificNWboater.

Save the Date: 
Cruising Skills Intensive, May 25, 2013
  • Anchoring & Docking with Ace Spragg for $145.
    Limited to 4.
  • Radar & Navigation with Kevin Monahan for $175.
    Limited to 8.
  • Maritime First Aid & Emergency Skills with Jordan Pollack for $90. Limited to 10.
All classes are 8 hours long and include lunch.

For more information, call 360.385.3628 x104 or visit our website.
Looking Ahead: 
Upcoming Events & Classes

Saturday, April 6  
Port Townsend Gallery Walk Featured Artist  
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Tide: One Mariner's Definition of Home
Join photographer Kelley Watson as she shares her photographic interpretation of her life on and near salt water: Tide: One Mariner's Definition of Home. Watson has worked as a mariner in both small and large boats, extending from Bristol Bay Alaska, to the Antarctic peninsula. Over the past 20 years she has taken thousands  of photographs in her travels and she has chosen 14 photographs to share that connection to places that have felt like home.
The Jim and Nelly Tretter Gallery of the NWMC will be open from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 6th, for Art Walk. Prints will be for sale and 10% of all proceeds will go to the Puget Sound Explorers Bravo Team fund.

YMCA Woodworking for Kids
Tuesdays, April 9 - May 14
3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Ages 10-14
The Northwest Maritime Center and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, in partnership with the Jefferson County YMCA, are offering an after-school youth woodworking program for 10- to 14-year-olds. The 6-week session runs from April 9 through May 14, with classes on Tuesdays, from 3:45 to 5:45.
Students will learn how to use hand tools and basic woodworking skills, creating simple projects and moving on to more challenging pieces as the course progresses.
Classes are taught by lifelong woodworker and skateboard maker John Edwards. Edwards is also a contractor who has been teaching youth woodworking in Port Townsend since 2008.
The fee is $80 for the 6-week program and includes materials. Class is limited to 6 students. Preregistration is advised. The classes will be held in the Wooden Boat Foundation Boatshop at the NWMC. Call the YMCA at 360.385.5811 for more information or to register.
37th Annual Wooden Boat Festival Call for Volunteers  
September 6- WBF logo clear bg 8, 2013
Pre- and Post-Event volunteer needs, too! 

Are you interested in volunteering for this year's Wooden Boat Festival? Take five minutes and fill out a volunteer application by clicking here

We are looking for key people for the 2013 Festival to help with Grounds, Parking, A/V, Main Gate and more. Interested in taking on a leadership role? Contact Katie Davis for more information: 360.385.3628 x 112 or by email.
Wooden Boat Wednesday
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Noon - 1:30 PM  *FREE*
What motivates 12 women to restore a vintage sloop called 
Felicity Ann?

Project Coordinator Penelope Partridge shares the inspirational journey with a slide show, testimonials, and a mini-workshop about the science of wood grain - and opens an invitation to anyone to become involved. The event is free, but reservations are required. Email the chandlery or call 360.385.3628 x101.

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