Love for wooden boats keeps show afloat


August 17, 2023

Diana Zimmerman

A Bartender named Penguin took Best of Show at the 2023 Wooden Boat Show.

Another Wooden Boat Show is in the books.

"For the most part I would say it was a success," Organizer Michael Armstrong said on Tuesday. "Saturday was better than Sunday. The heat drove people away."

But yes! They plan to do it again next year.

Puget Island residents David and Cindy Stockwell showed off their 1959 Skagit at the Elochoman Slough Marina on Saturday.

"This is our little treasure," David said.

Diana Zimmerman

The Stockwells 1959 Skagit.

The boat belonged to one of their neighbors and sat idle in his barn until they bought it and started cleaning it and making repairs.

"It had moss on it, we didn't even know what color it was," Cindy said.

After their work was done, the neighbor appeared. He thanked them for the detail work, and offered them $100 to take it back.

"He was joking," Cindy laughed.

Penguin, a bartender owned by George Costakis won Best of Show at this year's Wooden Boat Show. Greg and Muriel Prestegard, who visit six boat shows a year, won Best Sailboat for their Island Butterfly. Rod Heller took home the Best Powerboat honors for his 1960 Thompson, the Gamela Eason, and the Best Paddle/Rowboat belonged to Allen Bennett.


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