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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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