Marty Loken: “INCURABLE: 75 Years as a Wooden Boat Junkie”

The Center for Wooden Boats is delighted to kick off the fall season of the 3rd Friday Speaker Series with a presentation by a Founding and Lifetime Member, Marty Loken. In was inevitable that Marty’s life would revolve around wooden boats. He grew up in the boat-heavy neighborhood of Ballard. His father and grandfather both designed and built boats. Marty built his first boats – yes, that is plural – at the age of 10.

Marty has been actively involved in the Northwest boating scene since the late 1950s. He not only helped organize the first Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival 42 years ago, he also took some of the most beautiful photos ever to grace a Festival poster, the “Wood on Water” series. He was the first editor of our Shavings newsletter and designed the original CWB logo.

Now living near Port Townsend with his wife, Mo Moss, he’s been an event organizer for the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters group, national president of the Traditional Small Craft Association (2015-17) and he happily serves as Associate Editor of Small Craft Advisor magazine. He is a volunteer overseeing trailer-able boats for the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, a past-president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society and a longtime supporter of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building.

Marty was the owner/operator of the Wooden Boat Shop retail store (on Seattle’s Boat Street) in the 1990s and, for decades, has operated Island Boatshop, restoring and building wooden boats for customers. When he decided to participate in the inaugural Seventy48 human-powered race from Tacoma to Port Townsend this year, he didn’t just train; first he built a boat just for the race.

As an untreatable wooden boat junkie, Marty admits to owning more than a dozen small boats – lots of derelicts but some that actually are restored and cruised from South Puget Sound to the north end of Vancouver Island.

Marty’s talk will focus on his life of derelict boat addiction, some of his favorite small boat designs and the countless boats he has built or restored. He’ll also share his view that we are approaching a renaissance in small boat design, construction and enjoyment – in other words, a return of common sense in the world of boats and boating.

As usual, the program begins at 7 pm in the South Lake Union Boathouse. It’s free and beverages and snacks will be available (donations to cover the costs will be cheerfully and gratefully accepted). Please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Read the full post on the Center for Wooden Boats blog.

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