35 boats featured in 35th Wooden Boat Fair

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 9, 2014 

A boat at last year’s Wooden Boat Fair in Olympia. See boats of many shapes and sizes at Percival Landing Park this weekend.

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The 35th annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair will offer the chance to step aboard a wide variety of wooden craft, live entertainment and a host of vendors, all at Olympia’s Percival Landing Park.

This year’s fair will feature 35 boats, according to event dockmaster Ed Docherty. While most of the boats will be moored along the two main docks of the park, five will be on display along the boardwalk.

Among the boats will be the Naida, a 50-foot powerboat believed to have been owned by actor Humphrey Bogart and used to take Hollywood stars for cruises. The boat is now based at the Olympic Yacht Club.

Also on display will be the Winifred, built in 1926 in Olympia for Adoph Schmidt, owner of the Olympia Brewery, according to Docherty. The 46-foot Lake Union Dreamboat motoryacht was named after Schmidt’s wife. In 1928, Schmidt entered the boat in a race to Juneau, Alaska.

Another Lake Union Dreamboat will be at the fair, the 31-foot Miraclo. Built in 1928, it was restored to its original appearance in 2011 by the current owner in his backyard.

Among the boats on display ashore will be the Gold Cup, a 10-foot replica of hydroplanes from the mid-1960s to ’70s.

Docherty said most of the boat owners will allow show attendees to step on board, as long as they politely ask.

Another highlight of the fair is honoring the Maritime Person of the Year. This year’s honoree is Scott Kimmitt, owner of Olympia Shipwright.

Kimmitt began his career as a shipwright in 1979, working at S.W. Harbor Marine. His first jobs included working on the Stinson Canning fleet and private vessels.

A 1984 graduate of The Evergreen State College, he has worked on all types and sizes of power and sailboats. He also served as the lead shipwright for the tall ship Lady Washington. During his time with the ship, he did three complete standing sail rigs for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Other highlights of the fair:

Children’s Boat Building: The booth will be open Saturday only, until the wood runs out. Children can use their imaginations and build their own boats. The boat hulls and components will be supplied, but only one per child. Organizers ask that adults supervise their children as they build their boat. The hulls are supplied by Olympia High School wood shop students using wood donated by Curtis Lumber.

International Food Alley: This year, there will be 18 booths serving items such as Polish sausage sandwiches, Thai and Asian food, clam chowder, sandwich wraps, Caribbean cuisine, steak, baked potatoes, seafood, and nachos.

Wooden Boat FAIR

What: The annual family event will feature many types of wooden boats including power boats, sailboats, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. There also will be live entertainment, food and activities for children.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Percival Landing Park in downtown Olympia

Admission: Free

Information: olywoodenboat.org

Entertainment schedule

Saturday

Noon: The Aspirations (Aspire School Jazz Band)

2 p.m.: Blue Pickup (bluegrass)

4 p.m.: Tumwater High School Jazz Ensemble

Sunday

Noon: Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Marching Band

1 p.m.: Slieveloughane Irish Dancers

2:30 p.m.: Ko Ko Jo (rock band)

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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