HOWB 028 – Carol Hasse, wooden boat lover, expert sailmaker, blue water sailor

by admin on March 29, 2012



Interview – Carol Hasse of

Carol had done very little boating, and no sailing as a kid in Camas, WA.  But that all changed in 1972 when her family’s doctor and wife invited her to sail with them to the south Pacific on their new 42′ Cascade sailboat.  She eagerly hopped on board and a few days later they hit gale forced winds of 70 mph and 30′ seas off the Oregon coast.   But there were few worries for this hearty group who landed safely in San Francisco, and then made their way to Mexico.  From there Carol hooked up with other adventurous souls and sailed to many cool destinations (Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands and Hawaii to name a few).

During these early adventures, Carol learned celestial navigation using ye olde sextant, sail repair, and plenty other seamanship skills.  And she learned to love the cruising life, sailing on a lot of cool rigs including a Chinese junk, Alden yawl, Jim Brown trimaran and others.

A few years later in 1975, Carol sailed into Port Townsend with some friends and fell in love with the place.  With the support and help of fellow wooden boat enthusiasts, Carol helped launch the inaugural Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in 1976.  This festival continues to attract thousands of enthusiasts each year and on September 7-9th 2012 will have its 36th annual show!

In 1978 Carol started Port Townsend Sails which has become world renowned for it workmanship, design, and durability of its sails.

Tune in to this podcast to hear the complete interview.  Click on the green player button above for all the details.  ENJOY!

Here’s some pics (click to enlarge):

Carol at the shop for another day of adventure and over the top craftsmanship.


Check out the art and beauty of this hand made-in-USA sailhead!


The artists at work - Port Townsend Sails.


You won't see Grandma's Singer in this shop! These sewing machines could put a seam in your picnic table.


Carol's pristine Folkboat, the S/V Lorraine - lapstrake Scandinavian design built in 50's. This beauty is 25' LOA and loves Blue Water! Carol has owned her since 1978.


Thanks Carol for taking the time to be interviewed, and best to you in your business and future adventures!

To connect with Carol, go to or call 360 385-1640.  Take it from Wooden Boat Dan – you will be hard pressed to find better built, longer lasting sails than these!!


Other Fun Stuff:

There are no excuses to be a landlubber - NONE!


Want to help?  Please leave feedback!

I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats.  I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.  You can also write comments on my blog, email me at, or call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360.

Click HERE to subscribe to my email news list for the latest and greatest fun stuff and click on one of the buttons below to subscribe to my show.

Keep the bright side up and the barnacled side down –  Wooden Boat Dan “over and out”!

Subscribe to the Hooked On Wooden Boats Podcast here:

Zune iTunes RSS Feed

{ 0 comments… add one now }

{ 1 trackback }

Leave a Reply

Previous post:

Next post: