HOWB 033 – Chris Finks – Founder Maritime Heritage Coalition, wooden boat lover

by admin on May 3, 2012



Chris grew up in California, and at the ripe old age of 5, went water skiing behind his neighbor (Fred’s) wooden boat – a Century water ski boat.  Soon after, Fred traded in the Century and bought a fiberglass replacement.  Chris was appalled that Fred would trade such a beautiful wooden vessel in for a plastic boat.  Thus began his love for wooden vessels.

As a young adult, living on the east coast, Chris had the privilege to cruise around on the USS Sequoia – a presidential vessel that is now a Historical Landmark and was first used by Herbert Hoover in 1920.

Chris currently owns an early 60’s Chris Craft Constellation 36 footer (pic below).  He is meticulously restoring the boat to its original colors, interior surfaces and finish.  This rig is a beaut.  Prior to that Chris cruised around in an 18′ 1947 Chris Craft Sportsment (see pic below)

About 5 years ago, Chris put together the first Maritime Heritage Festival in Portland.  He connected with numerous maritime people and organizations and saw the need to bring them all together for some maritime synergy.  Voila – the Maritime Heritage Coalition was formed last year in Portland.   According to their website: The Maritime Heritage Coalition is an Oregon non-profit corporation comprised of more than 25 groups dedicated to promoting regional maritime, environmental and native people’s heritage through educational programs such as the Maritime Heritage Festival. Our five-year goal is to build a regional maritime heritage center.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview and find out more about Chris’s vision for the MHC and some fun stuff about his boating adventures and boats.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

Conceptual drawing - Maritime Heritage Coalition Center


Chris' 1961 Chris Craft Constellation 36 foot beauty.


From the helm of Chris' 1947 Chris Craft Sportsment 18' (Chris sold this one and bought the 36' Chris Connie a couple years ago).


Thanks Chris for taking the time to be interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your MHC endeavors and cruising around in the Chris Connie!


UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)

May 4-5th – Center For Wooden Boats – Grand Opening Celebration North Lake Union facility – Seattle, WA

May 12-13 – 33rd Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Olympia, WA

May 19th – Port Townsend Pocket Yachters 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA.  Please bring your 10′-23′ boats to show!

June 30 to July 4th – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Seattle, WA

July 8 – 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Willamette Sailing Club – Portland, OR

July 13-15 – 5th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival – St. Helens, OR

August 25-26 – 20th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest – Tacoma, WA

September 2-4 – 34th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada

September 3-5 – 11th Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA

September 7-9  – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA



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

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