HOWB 044 – Maritime Heritage Festival Interviews: Seth Vore – Wooden Boat Tours; Cody Thompson – Wooden Boat Refinishing

by admin on July 19, 2012



This past weekend I attended the Annual Maritime Heritage Festival in St. Helens Oregon.  It was a really fun festival with a wide range of traditional yachts, small craft, vintage cruisers, the Steamboat Portland, a wooden PT Boat 658, and other fun boats.  I will be sharing several interviews I did at the festival over the next few weeks and displaying some of my photos below.

The first interview is with Seth Vore of Portland Boat Tours.  Seth had a vision to start a company that would provide tours on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers near Portland in a traditionally built wooden boat.  Seth took his vision to and raised $6,300 to begin his business on Memorial day of this year.  Best of luck to you Seth and fam!

The second interview is with Cody Thompson, owner of NW Refinishing in Ridgefield, WA.  When the construction industry slowed down, Cody’s dad offered to mentor him with his 25 years of experience of refinishing.  Cody learned all the gory details of bright work and paint for wooden vessels and opened NW Refinishing shortly after.  Cody has done some phenomenal work on vintage Bridgedeck boats (he finished Phanton see HOWB 034), wooden Chris Craft runabouts, a Hereshoff 12.5 sailboat and other fun stuff.  Check out the picture below for an example of his work.

Listen to the full interviews by clicking on the green button above.

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


Seth Vore of Portland Boat Tours giving a Tour in his Tollycraft beaut.


Cody Thompson next to vintage Chris Craft he refinished. Look at the shine on her! Cody is a true craftsman.


The steamer Portland (a floating museum) was at the Festival. This is one stout and pretty boat.


Vintage Chris Craft Sedan - beautiful lines!


1029 Chris Craft Cadet "Sideways" - WOW, they don't make 'em like this anymore!


Sideways from the fore end - a real piece of artwork!


Thanks Seth and Cody for taking time for the interviews.  Best to you in your businesses!


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 – 2012 Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show – Toledo, OH

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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