We are busy planning the next Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and we hit the ground running after the Christmas break. There’s a lot of work to do, as the featured nation this time around is the USA and they have reacted to our invitation like long-lost friends. We’ve already got an brilliant line-up of wooden boat stars ready to present at the festival.
One of them is Sean Koomen, chief instructor at the North West School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Washington. Sean will bring a team of graduate students out to build a Haven 12.5, a classic American design originally by Herreshoff, modified by Joel White. Joel’s son, Steve White, will be on the team. They will build the boat at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, with the same sort of time-frame as the Dutch boat building project on 2017. This project will generate a huge amount of interest in North America.
Sean is eager to get his hands on the Hydrowood reclaimed-timber celery top pine. Dutch boat builder Bert van Baar gave it a rave review after building the smart BM16 at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin. ‘Smooth, cuts like butter, fine finish’, he said.
Hydrowood has agreed to be involved again in 2019, which has everyone smiling. Anne Holst, manager of the Wooden Boat Centre has generously offered to provide space and access to tools. ‘There will be opportunities for locals to get involved in the build’ she reports. The town of Franklin is the perfect location for international guests to get a taste of real Tasmanian hospitality and our fascination with wooden boats. The vessel is expected to be on site for the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival and will be auctioned to support this free, public event on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront.