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Friday, June 15,  KPTZ Host Phil Andrus “Tossed Salad”

2:45 Port Commissioner Bill Putney; Gwendolyn Tracy and Pam Petranek, PTMTA;, with Scott Wilson
Topics include the Economic Impact of Jefferson County Marine Trades, yard rate study, and the Pt. Hudson breakwater

Inslee focuses on maritime industry during tour of Peninsula

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JUNE 15:   KPTZ Host Phil Andrus Marine Trades Interview:

2:45 Port Commissioner Bill Putney; Gwendolyn Tracy and Pam Petranek, PTMTA;, with Scott Wilson

News ; May 25, 2018 PDN & May 1st, 2018

The south jetty replacement has been postponed for at least  2 years due to insufficient funds at the Port.

Attached is today’s May 25 PDN article, as well as the May 1 PDN article on the NWMC Proposal, for perspective.

May 2018

Dear 2018 Marine Trades Membership,

For the past three months, the Port Task Force has been working together with the Port of Port Townsend staff, PTMTA Advisory members, and local stakeholders, in a Yard Rate Study and analysis to determine market rate comparables for the boat and ship yards of Puget Sound and Alaska.  The document is included in the Port’s agenda this week, and is calling for some significant changes which will be presented to commissioners for review and vote in the Port meeting May 23.

The PTMTA has not had an opportunity to bring this before the full membership for a vote as the current wording implies. Realize this is a small but also critical distinction — it is important that we respect their process. 
Suggested new wording (Ok’d by PTMTA board president):
Port Staff, Port Task Force, and representatives from the PTMTA recommend the Commission support the recommended yard rates and support the business practices as provided.”
Pam Petranek
Dear Marine Trades Community,
Phil Andrus, along with emeritus Scott Wilson,  interviewed the Marine Trades and Maritime Center today discussing the NWMC proposal, jetty bids,and the Economic Impact Study (draft) of the Maritime Trades in Jefferson County.
Interviewees:  Jake Beattie, John Collins, Gwendolyn Tracy, & Pam Petranek
May 11 KPTZ Tossed Salad 2pm

KPTZ Interview; go to the 2pm hour on the following link:


Marine Trades Association aims to fund economic study

By  Friday, May 4, 2018 NEWSJEFFERSON COUNTY

Aboard the Lady Washington, Port Townsend Marine Trades Association members, from left, Pam Petranek, Carol Hasse and Gwendolyn Tracy explain that they are investigating the role the maritime community plays in Jefferson County’s economy. The association hired a consulting firm to get a better understanding of the impact and will sponsor a fundraiser tonight to help defray the costs. (Jeannie McMacken/ Peninsula Daily News)

Aboard the Lady Washington, Port Townsend Marine Trades Association members, from left, Pam Petranek, Carol Hasse and Gwendolyn Tracy explain that they are investigating the role the maritime community plays in Jefferson County’s economy. The association hired a consulting firm to get a better understanding of the impact and will sponsor a fundraiser tonight to help defray the costs. (Jeannie McMacken/ Peninsula Daily News
PORT TOWNSEND — No one seems to know the total effect Jefferson County’s marine trades have on the economy of the area, say members of the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association.
To find out, the association (PTMTA) has contracted with Martin Associates, a transportation and industrial consulting firm that studies ports and infrastructure. The Economic Impact Study for the Maritime Sector of Jefferson County report should be completed sometime this month.
“They have studied ports all across North America and have done all our surrounding ports in Washington state. We are interested in what they have to say,” said Pam Petranek, PTMTA secretary.
“We didn’t want a political study; we wanted a scientific and economic study. They understand us, they speak our language and know how waterfronts work.”
A benefit is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight to help pay for the study. The Port Townsend Brewing Company, 330 19th St., will donate 50 percent of its proceeds to the marine trade community. Live music is planned by marine diesel pro Joe Crecka and the Homewreckers. The group hopes to raise $10,000.
“They made us a really good offer on the price of the study,” said Petranek, who works with Cape Cleare Fishery of Port Townsend as a fisherwoman and in marketing and selling.
“Typically, a port undertakes this and has access to $70,000 to pay for a study like this,” she said. “They asked us how much we could afford. They felt compelled to be involved and want to help save the maritime trades here.”
She’s involved in every aspect of the business. She has been in the marine trades over 10 years and was a sailing instructor focusing on women’s sailing, as well as a sailboat racer.
Petranek, who has been in the marine trades for more than a decade, said she expects the report will reflect the impact of the local maritime community. She estimates that, among the marine trades, fisheries, seafood processing, aquaculture, scientific research, education, recreation and tourism, the number of people employed in the maritime community is over 500.
“Our port is important because it is a portal for boats and provides that access to the waterfront. But small business radiates out beyond the port. The ones that are way out there are dependent on what is able to be funneled into the port.”
Association member Gwendolyn Tracy said that amazing innovations can come out of these little shops.
“There is a lot of innovation on our waterfront,” she said.
”The maritime industry is not as regulated as others like aerospace. So it’s possible to create some cutting-edge technology in small bits here and there. It drives the changes upstream from it. I think it’s only been recently that we’ve seen such innovation in maritime.”
The association became concerned when members noticed a drop in activity in the boat yard during the winter, Petranke said.
In December, Gov. Jay Inslee launched Washington Maritime Blue 2050, an initiative that focuses on healthy oceans and innovations in the maritime sector that creates living wage jobs. Petranke and Tracy attended the meeting.
Part of the initiative involves training a new maritime workforce composed of a younger generation. The industry is facing a “critical age wave” in its workforce, with significant numbers of workers getting ready to retire in the next 10-15 years, according to the state.
“We are unique on the east and west coasts of North America in the quantity and quality of the marine tradespeople,” said Carol Hasse, owner of Port Townsend Sails, who has been part of the maritime trade in Port Townsend for 40 years.
“This is an authentic marine trades community that contributes so much economically to the area,” said Haase, one of the founders of the Wooden Boat Festival, who has served with the Wooden Boat Foundation and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.
The marine trades need replacements as practitioners age out, she said.
“Our economy needs it and the authenticity of our community as a seaport needs it. It’s so critical to who we are.”
Hasse said marine tradespeople don’t make a lot of money.
“It’s a lifestyle choice and a passion for what we do. The ability to work with our hands and see tangible evidence of a product, and to have an interface with nature and with youth. Most of us work with kids, they grew up in our shops.”
“Working waterfronts are disappearing because you can make more money if you can build a condo, or hotel or chain restaurant.
“That’s something Port Townsend can’t abide for its heart and soul and long-term economy.”
Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Jeannie McMacken can be reached at 360-395-2335 or at

May 4, 2018
Port Townsend, WA – On Friday May 4, the Port Townsend
Marine Trades Association (PTMTA) is hosting a benefit, 4-9PM at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., to help raise funds to off-set the costs of an economic impact study of the maritime community in Jefferson County. Keeping the marine trades healthy in the 21 st
century requires vision and serious planning. An economic impact study is a crucial component currently in need of funding.
Residents and visitors alike who value the unique flavor of a century old working waterfront are invited to share a time of music
and good cheer featuring live music from “Joe Crecca and the Homewreckers”, and other musical guests.
Between the marine trades, the fisheries, science, education and tourism the maritime community is one of the largest economic
engines in the county and a net revenue generator. This will be the first independent assessment to illuminate the numbers, the people
involved, and the flow of money from the maritime sector into the local economy. This study is being conducted by the research firm
Martin Associates, an internationally recognized economic and transportation consulting firm. It will show the value the maritime
community brings to Jefferson County.
The PTMTA represents 65 local businesses from diversified andresilient home-grown industries that directly employ over 350 people.

Our goal is $10,000

Donations can also be sent to PTMTA, PO Box 1214, Port Townsend WA 98368. Every dollar helps! Thank you!

 PTMTA Website www,
 Martin Associates Website :

 Joe Crecca and the Homewreckers facebook
page/website link:



Tall Ship Maritime Festival in Port Angeles:



THURSDAY,  APRIL 5,  5:30pm
Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

Dear Marine Trades,
This additional Port Special Commission Meeting was announced at Wednesday’s Port meeting (March 14).
We have not yet seen a proposal  from the Port.
The Northwest Maritime Center posted their proposal on the NWMC website March 1, as well as both newspapers publishing articles this week,
of which links have been previously sent to you. 
Note this meeting is at Point Hudson Marina Room.
Tuesday, March 20: Special Commission Meeting, 1:00 pm


LOCATION CHANGE: March 20, 2018 Special Commission Meeting

 Point Hudson South Jetty Alternative Bid Schedule and Marina Access Provisions

Process & Timeline for NWMC Proposal

NOTE: This meeting and decisions that follow impact whether or not the 2018 Wooden Boat Festival will be cancelled!

The Soul of a Boat….
Over the past four decades, Port Townsend, WA has become an important hub for the building and maintenance of wooden boats on the West Coast. It is there that the history and skills of wooden boatbuilding are still taught, shaping the souls of those that go to sea. Video by Brother for Filson.

Dear Marine Trades,

KPTZ  host Steve Evans, wandered through the boatyard, stopping in at the Marina Cafe, and interviewed a few folks!

The first showing will be this Monday, March 19, 12pm & 5pm.


Empty Boat Haven Blues
For many years Port Townsend has been the working port of choice for commercial fisher-folk from far and wide to spend their winters preparing their boats for the next summer’s fishing season. But this winter there has been a notable lack of commercial fishing vessels—or other kinds of boats, for that matter—hauled out to make repairs and improvements.

This week, in a Compass episode we are titling Empty Boat Haven Blues, we talk with a couple of local commercial fisherwomen and others to find out why.

Interviews at Marina Cafe, with Dave Thompson, Jenn Takaki,  Becca Argo, and Pam Petranek.

The Compass airs twice each Monday, at noon and 5:00 pm, with a repeat each Saturday at noon… exclusively here on KPTZ, the home of eclectic, authentic community radio.

The first showing will be this Monday, March 19, 12pm & 5 pm.

KPTZ Interview with Shipwright & Fisherman Martin Mills on KPTZ this Sunday, March 18, 12pm, and available anytime on the following link:

Thank you KPTZ & Martin!

Dear Marine Trades,

KPTZ Interview with Johnpaul Davies can be listened to here!

Thank you KPTZ & Johnpaul,

Attention  Marine Trades,

A WPPA attorney, Frank Chmelik,  will lead the port’s public workshop about lease practices & policies.

At a recent port meeting, Sam Gibboney remarked that many port leases are currently on a month to month status.

Frank Chmelik has been part of a team that authored a report  on redevelopment or repurposing of historically contaminated industrial Brownfield sites.


****The next PT Marine Trades Association  Board meeting is March 6, 2018

–time and place to be announced one week ahead of time.

 The Marine Trades Brochure is in the process of being completed for 2018,….. so make sure you have updated your 2018 membership


Update: Thank you Bill Putney, Port District 2 Commissioner, for providing the KPTZ link:
FEBRUARY 16th, 2:00 ON KPTZ Tossed Salad  Port Commissioner Bill Putney, Port Executive Director Sam Gibbony and Director of Operations Greg Englin, with Scott Wilson, publisher emeritus of the Port Townsend Leader
Dear Marine Trades,
KPTZ will host an interview this Friday, February 16,  2pm,  and you are welcome to send your questions to host Phil anytime, but he would prefer that you submit them during the show, in response to what you hear.
Thank you Phil and all  !!!

Where funding for jetties comes from- BIG initiative – BOAT US article – very informative!


January 31, 2018, 8:00 am Special Port Commission Meeting
Jan 29, 2018 | Commission Business |
(Previously scheduled Jan 31, 2018, 8:00 am Public Workshop canceled)
Port of Port Townsend
Special Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, January 31, 8:00 a.m.
Port Commission Building
333 Benedict Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
I. Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Regular Business – Possible Action
A. Point Hudson South Jetty Demolition & Replacement Bid – Restriction of Construction Window: Motion to Rescind January 24, 2018 Vote
IV. Next Public Workshop / Regular Meeting
Workshop: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Meeting: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
All in the Port Commission Building, 333 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA
V. Executive Session – Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (c)
A. To discuss the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a likelihood of decreased price. However, final action selling or leasing public property shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.
VI. Reconvene to Regular Session
A. Possible action resulting from Executive Session: Authorization for Staff to Contract for Financial Analysis
VII. Adjourn

January 25, 2018 PTMTA General Membership Meeting
January 31, 2018 PTMTA Membership Applications Due

       *2018 PTMTA Board of Trustees (updated Jan. 4):

The Port Townsend Marine Trades Association is pleased to announce their 2018 Board of Trustees:

Chris Sanok, Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op, Trustee Seat Five, Chair
Bryan Hayes, Woodworks, Trustee Seat Two, Vice Chair
Bob Frank, Admiral Ship Supply, Trustee Seat Three, Treasurer
Pam Petranek, Cape Cleare Fishery, Trustee Seat Four, Secretary
Jim Maupin, Maupin Marine Survey, Trustee Seat One
Robert D’Arcy, Schooner Martha Foundation, Trustee Seat Six
Pete Langley, Port Townsend Foundry,  Trustee Seat Seven
Ryan Charrier, Western Boatworks,  Trustee Seat Eight
John Simpson, Sea Marine Yacht Service, Trustee Seat Nine
Seats 5-9 were elected by membership in December 2017.

Officers were chosen at the Board meeting January 4, 2018.

Our Marine Trades have long been a pillar of Port Townsend’s economy and culture. The mission of the PTMTA is to provide a collective voice for those individuals and businesses making their living in the marine trades within Jefferson County and to promote the economic and political well being of our community!

***PTMTA will be holding a general membership meeting January 25, 2018, 5pm-7pm,
at Northwest Maritime Center in the Maritime Meeting Room West.
We have a strong board and encourage your participation in creating a strong membership!
***2018 Memberships applications are attached and due no later than January 31st for those wishing to maintain membership.  New brochures & updated website listing member businesses will be produced early in 2018!


*****  Marine Systems *****

Posted Jan 17th 2018 by AEB

Washington State’s initiative BLUE announced

Some pretty exciting things are being talked about at a state level. We hope to keep this momentum going as Port Townsend continues to improve and grow our unique Marine Trades community.
See the WA Chamber of Commerce initiative BLUE.

See more about Washington’s Maritime industry and the 2017 Economic Impact Study for the Marine sector.




Admiral Ship Supply and PTMTA are hosting a hot dog bbq

This Friday April 17th.  11 am – 1 pm.

Raffle prizes, hot dogs and condiments, sodas for sale to benefit the PTMTA life boat fund.

Bring your renewal form and get entered into the raffle for a $100+ valued prize.  If you’ve already renewed, come grab a ticket!

Questions?  Contact Sonia at 360.301.1643.

Shipwright’s Regatta. Mark your calendars!



September 4th, 2014

38th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

Some of our members are giving talks about what they do best…  Check ’em out:

Above is the website that will help you navigate the schedule for lectures and other events… when you arrive at festival make sure to grab a festival guide that’ll help you locate all of the lecture locations….

-- Edensaw is hosting their second annual Boatbuilding Challenge:

They are also presenting 'saw-stop demonstrations' Friday at 12:30, Saturday at 1:30, and Sunday at 10:30
in their booth.
-- Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has many of their instructors speaking on various topics: Ray 
Speck, Ben Kahn, Sean Koomen and Jeff Hammond.

-- Joni Blanchard of Leatherwood Finishing is speaking on 'Varnishing Tips & Tricks' Saturday at 2:30

-- Carol Hasse of PT Sails is speaking on the 'Essentials of Sailmaking' Friday at 4:30 and Saturday at 10 
am.  Allison Wood, an employee of PT Sails will also speak on 'Sail Handwork' on Saturday at noon.

-- Julia Maynard, co-owner of Haven Boatworks, is speaking on 'Varnishing' Friday at 3:30

-- Joe VonVolkli, owner of BUMS, is speaking on 'Answers to your bottom paint questions' Friday at 2:30 and 
Sunday at 10:45

An important meeting is coming up:  September 10th at 
9:30 am in the Commissioner's Room on Benedict Street...
Port of Port Townsend will be discussing liability 
insurance for all marine trades' folk working on their
property.  This is a time for public comment.  No
decisions will be made at this time...  SPREAD THE WORD.


January 25th…  Seattle Boat Show news

We’re excited to announce a special Seahawks Fan Experience we’re launching special for their run to the Super Bowl. By special arrangement with CenturyLink Field, fans will be allowed onto the football field to take photos and celebrate the Seahawks victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The field will be open from 12 noon until 2 pm (except January 29 and January 30). Showgoers will be able to walk the turf, experience what it feels like to be staring at the goal posts and setting up to make that winning kick, take pictures in front of the goal posts and show their team pride leading up to the Super Bowl.  The boat show will close one day early – Saturday February 1st in support of the Seahawks going to the Superbowl.

The first two days of the Boat Show have gone without a ‘hitch.’  Two days of boating seminars have passed.  Here’s the schedule for the rest of the show… the color is which stage they present on.


Sunday, January 26, 2014


Sunday Red 1:00 PM Anchoring Basics – Carolyn “Ace” Spragg


Sunday Yellow 11:15 AM Downwind Sailing for Cruisers – Lisa Vizzini

Sunday Yellow 2:15 PM How to Choose Fabric and Foam for Your Boat, and How to Take Care of Them – Inger Rankins

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Red 3:00 PM Don’t Leave the Dock WIthout It – Carol Hasse


Monday Red 4:00 PM Top 10 Surprises Sailing Offshore – Nancy Erley


Monday Red 5:00 PM An Inspiring Panel of Women Who Will Help You Breakthrough To The Next Step NW Women In Boating – Panel


Monday Red 6:00 PM An Inspiring Panel of Women Who Will Help You Breakthrough To The Next Step NW Women In Boating – Panel


Monday Red 7:00 PM Advanced Anchoring – Nancy Erley


Monday Yellow 1:15 PM The Art of Varnish: An Overview of All You Need to Know – Diana Talley


Monday Yellow 3:15 PM Reefing for Whimps – Lisa Vizzini


Tuesday January 28, 2014


Tuesday Red 2:00 PM How to Get Your Captains License – Jeffrey Sanders


Tuesday Yellow 2:15 PM Using Currents in Trip Planning – Carolyn “Ace” Spragg



Wednesday January 29, 2014


Wednesday Red 4:00 PM Anchoring Basics – Carolyn “Ace” Spragg


Friday January 31, 2014


Friday Red 4:00 PM Sail Trim For Cruisers – Carol Hasse


Saturday February 1, 2014


Saturday Red 4:00 PM Don’t Leave the Dock WIthout It – Carol Hasse


Saturday Red 7:00 PM Celestial Navigation: Come meet the Stars! – Jeffrey Sanders




JANUARY 6, 2014

Welcome new PTMTA members!  —— Olympic Boat Transport, Galloway Marine, ChristineOlea Works, P & T Fabrications,  PT Watercraft, Peter’s Marine, Seawing Marine Services, Sound Experience, Stephen’s Marine, and Western Workboats.  Website is being updated this week…

If you haven’t yet renewed for 2014, or would like to learn more about PTMTA membership and its benefits, please contact us at

DECEMBER 27, 2013




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November 13, 2013

Free Sailboat  to Interested Sailor/Shipwright

S/V TORTUGA is an Atkins THISTLE, which is essentially a flush decked ERIC. She is 32′ on deck w/ 8′ bowsprit, carvel planked in mahogany on keyaki (a japanese yew) double sawn frames. She was built in 1964 in Yokohama, then sailed to Alaska. She has been a liveaboard most of her life, and has cruised to Tahiti, and later Mexico. A very classic double ender heavily built, and just about the roomiest 32 footer you will ever find. She is currently gaff cutter rigged (originally built as a gaff ketch) w/ a functional but ancient 2 cyl hand crank auxiliary motor.

She has been on the hard for 4 years, and the planking is still tight. It was time for a major restoration of the older plywood components, some various planks and decking – nothing too uncommon in a boat of that age. She is a large project, but not a basket case. She needs a partial sheer strake and bulwarks, several aft deck beams, decking laid including cockpit, hatches rebuilt, galley counter rebuilt, salon table remade, and the forepeak is gutted. The rig and sails are complete, but need updating. The systems are outdated, but include a head with holding tank installed, all wiring and lighting, bronze hardware throughout, deck prisms, Force 10 propane stove, SS water tanks and hand pumps, 1200watt inverter and Heart interface, and 2 older solar panels. Not to mention the plethora of small items accumulated for a cruising boat.

For the right person TORTUGA is a ticket to cruising adventures and liveaboard life.   Contact Robert at


An invitation:  November 7, 2013

PTMTA Annual General membership meeting @ The Fabulous Blue Moose!

Come join us for an evening of business regarding the PTMTA.  Elect new board members, have a bite and a beverage, and show your support to your local marine trades.  Food and Beverages provided…

Tuesday November 12th — 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact us.  If you’re a member, come join us!

Questions?  Call Sonia Frojen @ 301-1643




October 16, 2013


The Port Townsend Marine Trade Association has awarded the PTMTA 2013-14 partial scholarship to attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building to Penelope Partridge.  Penelope, originally from Denver, CO, became involved with boating and woodworking in Olympia, WA in the early 2000’s.  In 2008 she participated as a crew member on the Schooner Adventuress and most recently in the Felicity Ann Project at the NWSWB.

Her personal goal is to continue her education in wooden boatbuilding   and after completing this next year at NW School of Wooden Boat Building, Penelope plans to seek a career in boatbuilding and teaching in the local area.

The PTMTA also awarded the True North Girl’s Boat Project a $600.00 donation to help fund a woodworker/education position for the 2013-2014 school year.  The Girl’s Boat Project is in its second year of training Port Townsend High School young women in the marine trades, both on and off the water.  The True North Girl’s Boat Project has recently moved to the Northwest Maritime Center from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding where it was run as the Felicity Ann High School Girl’s Boat Project.  We are proud to support these young women pursuing the marine trades as part of a for credit high school program.  For more information, or to lend support, please contact Kelley Watson at

The Affordable Care Act has been described as the “most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress.” Yikes. Join us to learn what health care reform means for your business and what your options are.

A free seminar, courtesy of NMTA and EPK and Associates, is coming to Port Townsend on November 8. Will Compton of EPK will give a general overview of the changes coming your way, introduce the new NMTA Health Trust and answer your specific questions. Business owners, office managers and/or HR managers encouraged to attend. Membership with NMTA is NOT required to attend this seminar.

Port Townsend (NW Maritime Center) – Friday, November 8th at 2:00pm

Please RSVP to our Membership Director, Lisa Smith, if you would like to attend one of the sessions:

September 22, 2013








BRAD CLINEFELTER -94%                               PETER QUINN – 0%


LEIF ERICKSON – 40%                                             PETE HANKE JR. – 52%



September 17, 2013

Our blog has been down due to Debra Swanson, PTMTA administrator, having a baby girl, Brynn O’Connor on July 31st.  Stay tuned for new updates soon.

July 17, 2013

PTMTA is now offering one scholarship of $400.00 for PTMTA Members and their Employees

towards the

*ABYC Certification Course* 3-5 years Marine Electronics experience required

Contact Pam Roberts (contact info below) at NW school of Wooden Boat Building for complete enrollment information and requirements

being held Sept. 12 -Sept.15, 2013 at the

Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Send applications to

Application deadline is August 15, 2013

Please include: Who you are and Contact information

Education level, Maritime Experience, Skills applicable to this scholarship,

Why you would like to attend this course, What you hope to gain from attending this course,

What your intentions are in utilizing skills and certifications acquired from attending this course

Contact: Suzi Clinefelter (360) 531-0106 regarding more information of Scholarship

Contact: Pam Roberts, pam@nwboatschool for information regarding ABYC course and sign up.

July 16, 2013

Joni has asked that we inform you all about the MARINE SWAY MEET this Saturday

across from the Maritime Center (I think on the ol’ Landfall plot)

starting at 10:.00 (no early birds).

It’s free to participate.

Contact Marty Loken if you wish to sell: or (360) 301-6737.

June 29, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Graduates of the 9-month programs at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding!

Read about them on the NWSWB website:

June 29, 2013

A Call for Members who wish to display a smaller rowing, sailing or pocket-cruising motorboat at the Pocket Yacht Palooza on July 20th from 10-5.

PTMTA is co-sponsoring the event and welcomes any members who wish to show their talent at this local event.

Email if you wish to participate.

View photos from last year and read more about the Pocket Yacht Palooza:

June 29, 2013

Deadline Reminder to PTMTA Members:

We are asking you for relevant questions that the 5 candidates for Port Commissioner will be asked at the July 18th Political Forum.

The deadline for question submissions is tomorrow, Monday June 30th.


This is a great opportunity to express Port concerns for your business and/or the overall marine trade community.

Thank you for being a great participant in this important event.

June 21, 2013

Gordon Neilson, Carl Chamberlin and Leif Knutsen Launch New Nesting Dingy, “Lil Lightwork”

On an unusually warm Saturday in May and after months of part-time building alongside Master Shipwright Leif Knutsen, Gordon Neilson – Owner of Patience Boatworks – launched this specially designed tender for his sailboat – Patience.  30 years ago Carl Chamberlin designed this skiff, Leif Knutsen built it and called it “Lightwork”.  Gordon’s needs however, required substantial modifications and that’s where Leif Knutsen’s help came in.  Originally weighing 90 lbs., Leif literally molded the new boat on “Lightwork’s” hull and with different construction techniques, pared down the weight to about 50 pounds. Additionally, an 8 foot skiff just wouldn’t fit on top of his house and still allow him to open his slide hatch.  Leif kept Carl’s design but engineered a clever removable transom and built a slot in the bow that kept the waterline length but allows the skiff to “nest” around the mast and store securely.  The easily removable transom is water-tight when in place and when removed acts as a turtle over the main hatch when stored.  He also engineered 5 different rowing stations (including a sculling position) with a simple adjustable seat to allow several weight distribution options and two buoyancy chambers to keep it afloat.  Gordon named her “Lil Lightwork” and it is a perfect rowboat to store and launch from a small cruising sailboat single-handed.


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June 21, 2013

  • PTMTA is hosting a Port Commissioner Political Forum on July 18th at 5:30pm at PT Yacht Club. We are looking to the membership for relevant questions that all 5 candidates will be asked by the Moderator.
  • The deadline for question submissions is June 30th. Email to This is a great opportunity to express future concerns for your business and/or the overall marine trade community. Thank you for being a great participant in this important event.

June 12, 2013

  • Today from 1-2:30 pm, our fabulous Board Member, Sonia Frojen, will be celebrating the launch of a boat built by Blue Heron 7th graders in the Maritime Discovery Program at the NW Maritime Center. Congratulations to the students, to Sonia & to all those who worked to make this happen! It is a great way to honor the Marine Trades and keep interest in this amazing community. The students will also present other work they accomplished and have a nautical relay. Jake welcomes all to show up late or leave early, it is an informal and festive event.
  • The Quimper Mercantile expanded their store and is stocking much more work clothes at affordable prices that may interest the marine trades community. Boots, shirts, jackets, jeans, sweatshirts… Mention that you heard about it here and receive 10% off any work clothes purchase!

May 27, 2013

Not only does the Boat School have a fabulous new website,

but they now have several exciting scholarship opportunities.

One many hold close to heart is the Lee Levy Memorial Scholarship,

which was named for a high spirited NWSWB graduate who passed away this year.

Check out these great opportunities and pass the link along to employees and others you know who may be interested!

May 23, 2013

PTMTA is now underwriting for KPTZ – listen to 91.9 and to hear our message:

“Port Townsend Marine Trade Association; Building maritime industries by fostering relationships with the business community and government agencies that support our goal of sustaining a vital future through education, promotion, and dialogue.  Check out the Port Townsend Marine Trade Association at and “Like” us on Facebook.”

May 23, 2013

Joni Blanchard sent a message to the PTMTA last week expressing her support of Pete Hanke,

Candidate for Port Commissioner: 

“Hi PTMTA, I’m so excited to find out Pete Hanke decided to run for Port Commissioner….

He’s got my support from every angle! Very good news.”

As a membership and community, let’s continue the important conversation regarding the candidates and their necessary advocacy for the marine trades.  Thank you Joni for getting the conversation started!

April 25, 2013

May 15th Extension for Boat School Scholarship!

Please spread the word to your employees and community members that the

Boat School scholarship has been extended to MAY 15th!

There is still time to apply!

March 22, 2013

Here is the new advertisement for this years Boat School Scholarship, designed by Anika Colvin.  The Boat School, PTMTA, Rotary Club, and Collectors Foundation all participate to make this an annual scholarship for residents of Jefferson County.

2013 Boat School Scholarship Ad

2013 Boat School Scholarship Ad

March 22, 2013

Cooper Parish, last year’s recipient of the Boat School Scholarship, sent the PTMTA a thank you letter.  It is a wonderful reminder of why we continue the Scholarship Fund and events such as the successful fundraiser at the Pourhouse last week.  Thank you to all members who came out to show support.

Scholarship Recipient Thanks the PTMTA

2012 Scholarship Recipient thanks the PTMTA


March 6, 2013

Tell your staff and employees:


PTMTA is offering 3 Matching Scholarships,  $125.00 each

for the EDC, Team Jefferson Business Planning Course

For PTMTA Members only.

This course is being offered March 14 thru May 9, 2013

To apply for a scholarship, please send, via PTMTA e-mail

a brief summary of yourself, with contact information

marine trade you are in,

why you would like to be awarded a scholarship

and what you hope to achieve through attending the

EDC Business Planning Course.

Deadline for applications is March 7, 2013

Recipients will be notified.

To learn more about the course, refer to EDC’s website.

February 19, 2013

  • TWO DAYS LEFT for Members to apply for half scholarship to the EDC Business Planning Course; Deadline is Friday, February 22nd.
  • PTMTA is officially on Facebook now!  For those of you who use Facebook, be sure to go on and “Like” the PTMTA Facebook page.
  • The PTMTA Education Committee is throwing an Education Fundraiser at the Pourhouse on Wednesday, March 13.  There will be music by the Alternators and delicious food provided by Blue Moose, Bob’s Bagels, and Dos Okies.
  • Here is the flyer:
PTMTA Education Fundraiser flyer

PTMTA Education Fundraiser flyer

February 11, 2013


  • PTMTA website has a new tab on the Membership page for Job Postings.  Please send the PTMTA an email when you hear of any marine trade job opportunities in the Port Townsend area.  We believe this to be a useful resource for the community.
  • PTMTA has decided to extend their photography member project.  If you are interested in participating this year, the PTMTA covers half the costs for an hour of photography at your business that you can use for your promotional needs.  The images are digitally shared with you and your to keep.  The cost for members is $52.50.  Contact Debra if you are interested: 360-643-3066 or  View her work: debra elizabeth photographic works
  • 2013 Pocket Yacht Palooza will take place July 20-21.  This will be the second annual event.  To view their Calendar of Small Boat Events and view some beautiful photographs of last year’s event, refer to Pocket Yacht Palooza website.



February 11, 2013

Joni Blanchard:

For the past 20 years or so, I’ve been taking photos of many friends working/playing on their boat projects and making collages showing all the great folks of our boating/marine trades world. For the past recent years, they have been on display at the PTMTA booth on festival weekends and various events.

For the hundreds of great folks I’ve immortalized over the years in my photos, there are so many of you I’ve never gotten. I’m not the rounder photographer I used to be, so, I thought I’d give my e-mail out to all of you in case anyone has some good pictures they like of themselves working/playing around boats and would like to be a part of my annual collages I’ve been making for myself and the PTMTA. You’re welcome to email digital photos or lend me any paper photo and I’ll scan and return it to you. Send as many photos as you want, whenever throughout the year you want.

I would like this invitation to get out especially amongst all EMPLOYEES of membership companies and out to any non-member friends who love to work and play on boats around town.

Please, if emailing me, please refer the ‘subject’ so that I’ll open it. No subject – I won’t open the email.

Thank you! I’d love some of your favorite photos of yourself! Please share* Joni Blanchard

February 7, 2013

PTMTA Scholarship

PTMTA is offering 3 Matching Scholarships,  $125.00 each

for the EDC, Team Jefferson Business Planning Course

For PTMTA Members only.

This course is being offered March 14 thru May 9, 2013

To apply for a scholarship, please send, via PTMTA e-mail

a brief summary of yourself, with contact information

marine trade you are in,

why you would like to be awarded a scholarship

and what you hope to achieve through attending the

EDC Business Planning Course.

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2013

Recipients will be notified by February 28, 2013

To learn more about the course, refer to EDC’s website

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