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27th Annual Metal Boat Festival!
August 8, 9, & 10, 2014

Anacortes, Washington

NOTE: The 2014 Festival is in the early planning stages - information below relates to the 2013 Festival and will be updated as firm information becomes available

Schedule of Events


August 8th - 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. 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.
  • After 5:00 p.m., security monitors VHF 66 US (66a) and can also be reached via cell phone at (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 9th - Friday at Seafarer's Memorial Building

7:30 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 -- Marine ServiCenter

7:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Introductions by MBS Lifetime Member Pete Silva

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

10:30 - 12:00 a.m.

Pete Silva -- Refurbishing a steel boat


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 - 2:15 p.m.

Ian Sloan - Anacortes Rigging and Yacht Services
Topic to be confirmed

Ian and Joy Sloan live in Anacortes, WA. Ian is a native of Annapolis MD., moved to Anacortes in 2005, and started Anacortes Rigging in 2007 when he saw a need for premium rigging and yacht services. Joy was born and raised in Bellingham WA and began sailing in Anacortes in 2002.

They sailed their J27 "Stranger" in local and regional crewed and doublehanded races until she was sold in 2010. Recently they acquired an F18 catamaran which now consumes any free time they may have had. 

In addition to rigging, they provide yacht and project management services as well as complete refit and consultation. "There is no project which we are not capable of completing".  Both Joy and Ian are licensed captains.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Michael Schone -- Piping Basics for your Metal Boat

Michael started his pipe fitting and welding work 45 years ago. Working for "Washington Natural Gas" he inwardly was building his metal boat and the pipes that carry out duties required for a boat and ship's operation. He saw that he could create the "muscles" of a boat with pipes.

Building and installing a marine piping system can be simple, strong, dependable, and a satisfaction for you and your vessel. Or it can be a disaster before you sail, or even worse - after you sail. Not knowing the most basic marine pipe fitting and installation lessons prior to carrying them out will cost you lost time and money and cause a "wet blanket" of stress being thrown over your massive effort to go down to the sea in your metal boat.

For openers, an eye towards safety issues not only helps the boat to not "beat you up too badly", but also, safety concerns lend towards a top quality piping job. A safe build is a happier build. Also, safety pays off big time as it oils the wheels of your efforts and applies the brakes to your mishaps.

While designing your metal boat's piping, this is the time to include many "free perks" that occur only with a metal boat. Being aware of these "free-bees" will only add to the thrill of having one fine operating craft.... and you created it. Yes, very cool.

Because of Michael's many years of marine piping experience he backs up his pipe lessons with examples of his own true sea stories. His advice: "Be a pipe fitter, not a pipe fighter, and your pipes will reward you with their best".



4:00 - 5:00 p.m

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

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Speaker.

Friday night dinner at the venue catered by local restaurant Gerrideli - tickets $22. (Pre-order your tickets with your registration).

Guest speaker John Simpson will regale us with stories from his boating experiences and travels.

August 10th - Saturday

8:00 a.m.

Eye Opener

Coffee, tea, cocoa, muffins, and fruits, to start the day from our sponsor Marine ServiCenter.

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

Ace Hardware -- A Practical Session on Splicing. (TBC)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Peter McGonagle -- Swiftsure Yachts Inc.

"What to Look for when buying a used Metal Boat"

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. 

12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Break for lunch.

Check out speaker and commercial member displays...

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Dylan Bailey

"You Have Purchased a Metal Boat - Now What??

Tips on developing a plan and budget for refits/remodels - cost, time, materials, etc.

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 an Accredited Marine Surveyor which is his current profession.

2:30 - 4:00 pm Concurrent

Marine ServiCenter.


For 35 years Marine Servicenter has been helping Northwest boaters to maintain, upgrade, and customize their yachts. Along with average repairs and maintenance, we specialize in custom projects and pride ourselves on customer service and satisfaction. We offer year round service as well as storage. We are here to facilitate any need, large or small.

2.30 - 4.00 pm Concurrent

Lance Ekhart

"Documenting your Travels with Photography"

5 - 7 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 pm

Saturday Night Barbecue Dinner on the Cap Sante Floating Party Dock

Sponsored by John Baird Marine Surveyor Zenith Maritime.


Approx 8.30 pm

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

August 11th

8:30 a.m.

Coffee tea, cocoa etc...

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Metal Boat Society Annual Business Meeting

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 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), Ted Brewer (Designer), Dylan Bailey (Marine Surveyor), and hopefully Howdy Bailey (Builder).



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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Phone: 425-485-2100
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