POULSBO — Like stately dowagers, they promenaded the waters of the Puget Sound at a time when teak and mahogany were preferred to fiberglass and vinyl. Classic wooden yachts of the early to mid-1900s were expertly designed with an eye toward luxury, as well as an ability to cruise even Northwest waters year round.
The appeal of these crafts still holds the attention of many boaters who say they’d never captain anything else.
“They’re nice, comfortable boats, they have a lot of storage and a lot of style,” said John Jacobsen of the Classic Yacht Association Pacific Northwest Fleet. “We’re attracted to them because of how they look and what they represent.”
Jacobsen, who moors his vessel in Kingston, will be among the 30 classic yacht owners who will grace the Poulsbo waterfront this weekend. The fleet of wooden boat enthusiasts, which arrived at the Port of Poulsbo guest moorage yesterday, will share their labors of love with the public this weekend. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today, Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 22 the boats will be on display.
The crafts range from “Zanzibar,” which was build in 1957, to “Lawana,” which was built in 1911. Jacobsen said all of the boats are privately owned, so the owners will be on site to answer any questions. Also, some skippers often allow visitors onto their boats to have a look at the interior, which is just as impressive as the outside. The event is free, as members only wish to share their hobby with the public.
“We were founded for the promotion, preservation and restoration of old power-driven pleasure craft,” Jacobsen added.
The Classic Yacht Association and Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce event will end at about 2 p.m. Sunday with a parade of all of the boats along the waterfront. Jacobsen said Waterfront Park will be an excellent vantage point to see these antique beauties in action.