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27th Annual Metal Boat Festival!
August 7, 8, & 9, 2015

Anacortes, Washington

Schedule of Events



August 6th - Thursday at Cap Sante Marina


Moorage for METAL BOATS at the Docks!

Here's the marina map. Click on the pdf printer version to carry this along [hint: the PDF allows "zoom in" to see fine detail]. Check in with the MBS dockmaster Lance Ekhart for docking arrangements. The preferred call is on cell phone at 360-305-5345 as you arrive. He has a handheld VHF and may also guard channel 66 starting Thursday afternoon. We will be doing pre-sign-ins for the early arrivals, whether by boat or by land!

If Lance can't be reached, then arriving boats can contact the port office like all boats coming in to visit the marina:

  • During office hours for slip assignment, call VHF 66 US (66a), or telephone(360) 293-0694(360) 293-0694.
  • After 5:00 p.m., security monitors VHF 66 US (66a) and can also be reached via cell phone at (360) 661-5000(360) 661-5000.
They have extra people to help with berthing and line handling if needed - just ask them for it.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Setup at the Seafarer's Memorial Park building - come help up set up for the Festival.

Pre-registration is also available at this time

August 7th - Friday at Seafarer's Memorial Building

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

or Register

Find us at the Seafarer's Memorial Building located at the end of the short section of R street that runs into Seafarers Way.

Coffee, tea, cocoa & muffins and fruits to start the day! -- Provided by our breakfast sponsor -- Swiftsure Yachts

8:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome by MBS President Steve Gallion

 Member Introductions - introduce yourself and tell us about your project. Plenty of time for all to share...

10:30 - 12:00 a.m.

David Eberhard  -- West Marine Rigging (San Diego)

Dock Lines and More...

Beginning with dock lines, I am planning on touching many aspects of standing and running rigging, pros and cons of the different materials, and the ways of doing things. Though docklines, tow and anchor bridals will pretty much take care of the power boaters, sailors will be interested in the entire talk.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

Various Speakers & Commercial Member Information displays will be open in the back of the meeting room!

Anacortes has a great selection of restaurants nearby. Check atAnacortes for more information.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  Arthur Barlow Campbell, CPCU, ARM, AMIM

Practical Ideas on Buying Yacht Insurance

Learn about how to insure your metal boat, and possibly save some money in the process.

  • What are some of the pitfalls in insuring your metal boat?
  • How to select and agent/broker to insure your metal boat?
  • What should I expect from the marine insurance underwriters?
  • Will I need a survey on my metal boat, and if so how to select a marine surveyor.
  • Learn more about obtaining insurance for your metal boat, and be better prepared if you have a claim.

Art is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S.) with a major in Insurance and Risk Management. He later earned the following professional insurance designations: Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM). Art is an independent agent/broker with Gulfstream Insurance Group, Inc. in Ft Lauderdale, FL. He spent 20 years with Liberty Mutual in the Commercial Sales Department serving as an Account Representative, and later as a Resident Manager. Art has served as an expert witness and litigation consultant in marine insurance. He is past president of the Gold Coast CPCU Society as well as past president of the Ft Lauderdale Mariners Club. Art is an approved instructor by the Florida Department of Financial Services for Inland Marine and Marine Insurance. He taught Marine Insurance as an adjunct instructor at Broward Community College.

Art has been a speaker at the Metal Boat Society Festival, and the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Marine Insurance Seminar. As a member of the USAF he served as loadmaster and retired with the rank of CMSgt. Art owns an Alan Pape designed steel cutter. He has helped in the delivery of sailboats from the Chesapeake, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Rod Palanca -- Metal Boat Builder/Owner

Watermaker Basics and a Simple, Easy-to-install Water System

Rod and his wife Dee, built their 37 foot steel junk rig schooner "Icanaho" wile living in Carlsbad, NM. He will talk from his experience in installing the water systems on his vessel. You can see their boat on Saturday.

Rod is the President of the Metal Boat Society. He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, and experience in Nuclear Engineering in both Navy and civilian nuclear power plants. His second career was in the development of nuclear waste handling procedures and systems at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, NM.

3:15 - 4:30 p.m

 Gary Wellman

  • THRIVE Freeze Dried Foods
  • Air Vent Dryers
  • Space Dryer Dehumidifiers

Gary has been associated with H2Oout for the past 1-1/2 years working with sales and marketing. His background is 25 years in the sales field. He will provide food samples for those interested in freeze dried foods, the advantages of which are:

  • lighter than canned foods with no preservatives
  • require no cutting, peeling
  • can be prepared in less than 15 minutes
  • perfect for on board use

Rich Pinell

When Good Fuels Go Bad

This talk contains information about how fuels have changed over the last 10 years and what we can do to prevent fuel contamination with the new bio blends on the market.

Rich Pindell of Pindell Engineering Inc., Port Townsend WA., received the 2012 coveted Pittman Innovation Award for his leadership in developing reusable products for water absorption. His H2Oout Systems prevent mold, mildew, rust, and corrosion damage in fuels, hydraulic fluids, and interior spaces.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m

Free Time to Meet with Speakers and visit Commercial Member Booths.

7:00 pm

Friday Night - Potluck Dinner at the Venue

Share dinner and swap boat project ideas.

Outdoor concert at the Seafarers Memorial Park

August 8th - Saturday

8:00 a.m.

Eye Opener

Coffee, tea, cocoa, muffins, and fruits to start the day from our sponsor Swiftsure Yachts.

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Alison Mazon - Accredited Marine Surveyor, Portland OR

 The Hidden Costs of:

  • Messing with a naval architect's design
  • Non-standard design
  • Ignoring ABYC standards
 Alison Mazon is a full service marine surveyor who began surveying in 1999, and was accredited in 2002 SAMS Yacht & Small Craft. Alison was the VP of Testing with SAMS from 2008 - 2013. She has been a long time Commercial Member and supporter of the Metal Boat Society.

10:30 - 12:00 a.m

John Simpson - Boat Designer

Topic - Boat Stability

John Simpson has been involved with boats since childhood, and this has evolved into a successful career in naval architecture and boat design. The path has been the long but thorough route - 4 years of shipyard and technical training, several years of working with other naval architects, 3 years with a boat builder doing purchasing, estimating, mould tooling, outfitting, engine installation, sea trials and even some design work.

In 1978 John opened his own design office and over the following years has done over 100 designs for power, sail, pleasure, commercial and military vessels in a variety of materials for both domestic and foreign clients. In 1980 he won the Cruising World magazine's Design Award for his 42' cutter 'Fidelity'. This was a forerunner of 'Perelanda', a 43' round bilge steel sailboat as featured in the book 'Steel Away' - owned/built by authors LeCain Smith and Sheila Moir, two of the founders of the Metal Boat Society. John was the 2010 Metal Boat Festival's Designer of the Year, and has been a stalwart supported of the MBS for many years.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m

Break for lunch

Check out speaker and commercial member displays

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Peter McGonagle -- Swiftsure Yachts Inc.

"A Profile of Two Metal Boat Builders"

  • Allures/Garcia (aluminum - Europe)
  • Waterline Yachts (steel - Canada)

I have a good supply of vessel construction photos from both yards. This is an opportunity for members to see what a professional yard looks like...

Peter McGonagle grew up sailing in Rhode Island, but has lived and worked in Seattle, Washington for the past 10 years. In 2002 he started Swiftsure Yachts with two partners. He is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker and a licensed Florida Yacht Broker.

He and his family moved aboard the S/V Charlotte in August of 2007 to explore the cruising life for a few years. In July 2009 he completed a two year cruise of the Caribbean with his family aboard "Charlotte", a 1991 Robert Perry designed 51' steel sloop. They are now back in Seattle. 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Dylan Bailey - Marine Surveyor

"Proper Paint Systems for Metal Boats"

From new construction to maintaining an older boat. Topics include paint systems, proper mileage, application techniques, and maintenance.

Dylan grew up in the metal boat building business as the son of legendary metal boat builder Howdy Bailey. After working on metal boats for his father he worked for other builders learning about boat building in wood and fiberglass. He also expanded his knowledge learning to install and maintain mechanical and electrical systems. In 1991 he started his own Marine Maintenance business and gained extensive experience refinishing and maintaining boats. During this time he completed additional off-hour training and has become a Marine Surveyor which is his current profession.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Boat Walk At the Cap Sante Docks (floating)
and Marina Parking Lot (trailered)

We are expecting a good turnout of metal boats at various stages of construction and finish. These vessels will be open for folks to view and ask questions. A great opportunity to ask and learn - how others solved the design and construction issues in building/owning a metal boat...

7:00 pm

Saturday Night Barbecue Dinner on the Cap Sante Floating Party Dock

Sponsored by Howdy Bailey Yacht Services.

Approx 8.30 pm

Sunset Sail - the chance to be out on a metal boat

August 9th

8:30 a.m.

Coffee tea, cocoa etc...

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Metal Boat Society Annual Business Meeting and Election of MBS Officers

We will again be having our Annual General Business Meeting as part of the Festival. The AGBM is a requirement of the State of Washington where we are incorporated - also members are interested in what has been happening with the Society during the past year, and wish to have a voice in any changes which could be taking place. Be sure and attend so you can hear all that has been happening, and have a vote on the nominated officers, and the various items which will be discussed - one vote per membership (family, single or commercial).

10:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Boat Builder's Forum

This annual information-packed wrap-up event will include open discussion of design and construction issues with the professional panel, so bring your questions.

This years' panel will include Pete Silva (Iota Metals), John Simpson (Designer), and Dylan Bailey (Marine Surveyor)..



Time to say our goodbyes until next Festival. Lots of handshakes and hugs. Lots of thank you's for coming and sharing with the rest of us. Now to start preparing for the next Metal Boat Festival!


Committee meetings and planning for next year.

Anyone interested can come and sit in on our "After the Festival Committee Meeting". We'll be doing some discussing about how things went and some initial planning for next year. What did you like or not like? What would you like to see for next year? Less of? More of?

And of course, we will need committee members and helpers to get started on next years Festival...

at your convenience.
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