HOWB 051 – Center for Wooden Boats at CAMA Beach, WA: Interviews – John Dean and Andrew Washburn

by admin on September 4, 2012


PODCAST SHOW NOTES This week I drove 45 minutes to CAMA Beach State Park where the Center for Wooden Boats refurbished and opened a Boathouse in 2008 in conjunction with WA state parks refurbishing and opening this 30+ cabin resort.  This is one beautiful spot (check out the pics below!).  CAMA Beach was a water front resort from 1935 to 1980, at which time it was closed.  In the good old days, you could drive your car to this resort, rent a cabin and a row or power boat to crab and fish from.

These type of resorts were called Auto Courts at the time – an inexpensive place to park the car for the night and enjoy the great outdoors. The family that owned CAMA Beach for most of its life, passed it on the WA State Parks and the Center for Wooden Boats to refurbish and reopen the park for usage similar to the previous 4 plus decades.

The joint interview is with Andrew Washburn (the outgoing manager) and John Dean the incoming manager for CAMA beach.  Andrew is moving on to a new role of collecting historical information about former water front resorts in Western Washington and building an exhibit at the CWB South Lake Union.   John is the incoming CAMA beach manager and a 30 year resident of Camano Island.

Listen to John and Dean share historical information about CAMA Beach and talk about future plans of the Center for Wooden Boats.  Click on the green button above.

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

CAMA Beach cabins – this is a gorgeous place!


Andrew Washburn (left) and John Dean at CAMA.

CWB Boathouse at CAMA beach


Davis Boat in CAMA fleet. Built from original lines.


One of the original rental signs. Circa 1940.


Thanks John and Andrew for taking time for the interviews. Best to both of you with your Center For Wooden Boats plans!

This week I will be interviewing Lin & Larry Pardy (world renowned off shore sailors and authors) and John Harris (owner of CLC Boats) while at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.  I plan on playing these interviews on the podcast in September, so be sure and tune in!

Next week I will be presenting “Hooked On Wooden Boats” at the Boat Festival.  I would love to see you there -Sunday Sept 9th at 10:45 in the Discovery Room of the NW Maritime Center.  Please come and introduce yourself.  I am going to show lots of fun pictures, talk about my boat builds and show a video interview.  Look forward to seeing you there!

UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)
September 7-9 – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA

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