HOWB 058 – Interview: Kaci Cronkhite, wooden boat lover, wooden boat festival director, circumnavagator

by admin on October 25, 2012



Today’s interview is with Kaci Cronkhite of Port Townsend.  Kaci grew up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma riding horses and waterskiing behind her family’s Chris Craft runabout.  Her ancestors were dutch, and the first family emigrant to the US was a shipbuilder.

When Kaci was in her 30’s, she sailed for the first time and it felt eerily familiar to horseback riding – position, balance, wind in your hair.  She was intrigued and hooked at the same time.  A few years later she sailed Australia to Hawaii upwind with a friend (with 10 days “hove to”) and then was on to a 6 year circumnavigation which included training others to sail.

When Kaci arrived in Port Townsend in 2001, she was asked to become the Wooden Boat Festival Director. She dove in head first and for the next 10 years gave it 110%.  In 2007 Kaci purchased her first wooden boat – a 28′ Danish Spidsgatter “Pax” built in 1936.  Kaci is finishing a restoration on the boat and is writing a book about her history – Finding Pax – to be published shortly.

Freya Fennwood of Fennwood Photography joined me the day I interviewed Kaci, and has written a blog about her along with taking some really cool photos. Please check out her blog at  Thanks Freya!

To listen to the full interview, click on green player button above.

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

Kaci and “Pax” – a 1936 Danish Spidsgatter. Photo courtesy of Freya Fennwood, Fennwood Photography.


Pax from the bow. She is curvy and beautiful!



Thanks Kaci for taking time to do the interview – and best to you with your future endeavors.  Please visit Kaci’s website at

HOWB Produces First Video Interview
I have produced the first ever HOWB video interview.  The interview is with Lloyd Shugart of Seattle, WA and he owns and is restoring a Ed Monk Sr. designed bridgedeck beauty.  Check out  the video here:

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