HOWB 038 – 2012 Pocket Yacht Palooza Wooden Boat Interviews: Marty Loken, Lee Bjorkland, Pete Leenhouts

by admin on June 7, 2012



This week’s show is 3 interviews I did while at the 1st Annual Port Townsend Pocket Yacht Palooza in May.  First up is Marty Loken of the Island Boat Shop in Nordland, WA.  Marty is one passionate guy and shares his thoughts on the first Palooza, his personal boats, and what’s happening at his boat shop these days.

The second interview is with Lee Bjorklund.  Lee talks about his sloop OPUS – an 18.5′ Wee Seal MK II design by Iain Oughtred.  This is a gorgeous lapstrake double ended sloop rig he sails in Puget Sound.  Lee also talks about the the Dragon Boat Racing he does thru the Seattle Flying Dragon club.  These boats are 42′ long, hold 20 paddlers, a steersman and drummer, and can pull a water skier (for a short distance).

The final interview is with Pete Leenhouts of the NW School of Wooden Boat Building.  Pete is the interim director at the school, is building a Bolger Clam Skiff, and talks about his 3 decades in the Navy aboard wooden mine sweeping boats.

Pete also discusses the upcoming August 6-17 class in Port Townsend where the Boat School and the NW Maritime Center along with Howard Rice and John Welsford, Scott Jones, and others will oversee a group of students build their own gorgeous microcruiser – SCAMP.  As of this writing space is available in the class.  Email Pete at if interested.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews and hear some fun stories and interesting people.

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


A couple double enders at the 1st Annual Pocket Yacht Palooza.


NW Maritime Center - Venue for the Palooza


Canvas deck pocket sailer built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding.


Double ended Sparrow - gorgeous boat!


Lee Bjorkland's "OPUS" - 18' of sheer beauty! Look for her sailing Puget Sound.


11' 11" do it all SCAMP. What a cool boat!


Schooner Martha moored Port Hudson near Pocket Yacht Palooza. 1907 Crowninshield design. Look at her lines!


My 12' canoe - partially stitched.


Voila! My canoe fully stitched.


Thanks to Marty, Lee and Pete for being interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your wooden boat endeavors and adventures down river.  Click on the hot links above to contact these gents.


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

May 12 – Seattle Maritime Festival – Seattle, WA

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

May 19th – Port Townsend Pocket Yacht 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA

June 29 to July 1st – 22nd Annual Wooden Boat Show – Mystic Seaport, CT

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 6-17 – Build Your Own SCAMP microcruiser (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

August 11 – La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show – La Conner, WA

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

Aug 31 – Sept 2 – 39th Annual Harbor Days – Olympia, WA

September 1-4 – Small Craft Skills Academy – Port Townsend, WA (see website for other locations)

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

Note:  If you have events you would like added to the calendar, please email me at



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

June 9, 2012

How was the event, Dan? Looks like it would have been fun! The Opus looks beautiful, and I love the Scamp. I didn’t end up making it to PT that weekend, so unfortunately we missed it!


June 9, 2012

It was a lot of fun Deb! I did about 5 interviews in total including Howard Rice & Josh Colvin – so that was cool. Hope you are doing well! Dan


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