Some Cool Wooden Boats of the Pacific Northwest

Wooden boat rockstars Maynard Bray and Ben Mendlowitz flew to the west coast in the late summer of 1993 in search of premiere specimens for the Calendar of Wooden Boats. They aptly timed the visit to coincide with the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria, BC, and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, which provided them with a pleasingly diverse fleet of candidates. The trip was punctuated by some unforgettable sailing and a visit with Maynard and Anne Bray’s longtime pal Bill Garden, a designer/builder who at the time was based in Sidney, British Columbia.

This group of images wonderfully documents Maynard’s adventures and captures the thorough enjoyment of time, place, craftsmanship, and camaraderie.