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Wooden boat show expands to the classics


Left: The Point Adams; right, the Lotaryngia

The Cathlamet Wooden & Classic Boat Show is set for August 5 and 6 at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet.

The festival is expanding from wooden boats to include classic craft of various construction materials. All sizes are encouraged, the only limit being the ability to tie off at the marina slip. Also wanted are boats of all modes of propulsion and function, be it boats used for work, pleasure or recreation.

"Our goal is to expand the slate on display for enjoyable viewing and visitation," festival organizers said in a news release.

Food and craft vendors will be on site. Fun things to do will include the popular Rubber Ducky Derby, the blind dingy race enjoyed by youth and families, operational demonstrations by the United States Coast Guard, and a variety of races, possibly including vintage racing boats.

"Once again, we are making available the opportunity to experience the Columbia River in our boats with rides or rowing in our classic craft," the release said. "In addition, this year we are pleased to have local boat builder Michael Baccellieri presenting a demonstration on aspects of wooden boat building and the local robotics club demonstrating their latest underwater robot."

A Sunday swap meet will be held featuring maritime articles for sale; all vendors are welcome. There will be select brews to be enjoyed at the nearby River Mile 38 Brewery. Music is also being provided. As a fun addition, an Ugly Car Show is being held at the Brewery on Saturday."

"We will be requesting each visitor to vote for their favorite boat in several different categories,"the release said. "The winners will be announced near the end of the show on Sunday. As is tradition, the boat selected as 'Best-in-Show' will receive a special commemorative plaque and be featured in advertising and marketing for the following year's show."

With this event's emphasis on larger boats, several are already confirmed, including the following:

--U.S. Coast Guard Motor Life Boat 36391 – "The Point Adams." a 36-foot motor lifeboat used by the Coast Guard from 1934 through 1955, serving her entire career at the Point Adams Lifeboat Station in Hammond, Ore. She was fully restored to operational condition by Glen Cathers as a labor of love. His father had been a Coast Guard surfman stationed first at Station Point Adams at the mouth of the Columbia River where he operated this particular MLB and eventually became the Officer-in-Charge at Point Adams. Glen felt the tug of the sea and the venerable 36-foot lifeboat as a young man, and entered the Coast Guard himself. Many years after retirement, Glen found "The Point Adams" in Astoria, in very poor condition and nearly unrecognizable as a motor lifeboat. In 2005, he began a seven-year restoration. "The Point Adams" is a rare example – one of only three in operating service condition in the United States – of a classic wooden boat that was the backbone of Coast Guard rescue operations for over 40 years.

--30-Foot Pilot House Cutter – "Lotaryngia," a wooden boat was hand crafted by Ken Molczan over a period of 13 years. She was launched in 2003, and her homeport is Scappoose, Ore.

--21-Foot Dudley Dix Design Cutter – "Slough Coot," the latest restoration by Puget Island boat builder Mr. Michael Baccellieri. "Slough Coot" is a Cape Henry 21 designed by naval architect Dudley Dix. She will be joined at the show by "Slough Chick" a seven-foot dinghy currently under construction, and "Rachel," an 18-foot Pelicano design by Sam Devlin and beautifully crafted by Michael in his Puget Island shop.


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