HOWB 011 – Interview Wooden Boat Builder and Rescuer Marty Loken

by admin on December 1, 2011



Marty Loken Interview – Wooden boat builder, rescuer, enthusiast extraordinaire!
This week I interviewed Marty Loken who owns the Island Boatshop in Nordland, WA.  Marty grew up around boats in Ballard, WA and from a young age, followed in the mentality of his dad – if you want a boat you simply build it.  Marty was busy building his first wooden boat – a small pram – when he was 10 years old.  Over the years he has refined his skills as a master builder.  But he is also super passionate about rescuing old wooden boats – saving them from the landfills and chainsaws and restoring them to new condition.  Here’s pictures of Marty’s boats (click on picture to enlarge):

Marty next to his 20' raised deck rescue sailboat


Classic "Skagit" fiberglass/wood cruiser being restored


Marty's personal knockabout wooden skiff - "Black Boat"


Another "rescue" wooden boat patiently waits it turn for a complete refurb by Marty


Marty will build this Jim Franken designed 24' Camping Cruiser for you!

You can reach Marty at 360 301-6767, email him at or write to him Box 216, Nordland, WA 98358.  His website is at

 Listener Questions and Other
No listener questions this week.  Tune in next week!

Next Week – Interview with Bill Mahler – Ex Dir of NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding!
Bill gives us a overview of how the school was started, what courses and degrees are available, and shows us some the cool projects they are working on.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

December 2, 2011

Hello Dan,

I stumbled upon your website and was really impressed with your work! I am a boating fanatic and also a Washington State native. Your podcast brings out the best in both of these worlds. Great work with the photography too.

Keep doing what you do. I’ll be listening.



December 2, 2011

Thanks Quin for your support. I am having a lot of fun doing this. In fact its kind of addictive – hahaha. Take care, Wooden Boat Dan


December 21, 2013

I remember the time you took me for a ride in your wooden boat in seattle.
Hope all is well.
I haven’t heard from Penny for years.
jim simmen


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