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Six interviews, demos, and videos followed by Q&As—join us online for this unique Zoom experience with many of your favorite experts.

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Join us for Wooden Boat Festival's 'Ask an Expert' Winter Series!

Six interviews, demos, and videos followed by Q&As

All events take place 5:00–6:30 PM (PST)

Back by popular demand, our Winter Series brings your favorite experts from all over the region to you in a unique and engaging Zoom experience. In 6 Zoom sessions, we'll learn from a variety of authorities in the boating world on topics ranging from ancestral voyaging and green boating to vessel stewardship and more! Enjoy these behind-the-scenes interviews and demos with time to ask your burning questions from the comfort of your home.

Purchase a series pass for $35 and get access to all the content on-demand through April 15!

Individual session tickets ($9.99/each) have access to the live session only, no on-demand viewing. All sales are final.

Only one ticket is needed per household!

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Gift a pass to a special boat lover in your life. Gift tickets must be purchased separately from your own ticket; please complete a separate checkout process and input the recipient's information instead of your own.


Jan 6, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Nigel Calder - Can we electrify our boating to reduce our carbon footprint?

Electric cars can now travel up to 300 miles on one battery charge, eliminating range anxiety. Mainstream automakers are phasing out fossil-fueled engines. Can we do the same in our boats? Join Nigel Calder as he explores the different duty cycles in marine applications and investigates how far we can take electrification with existing and foreseeable technology.

Jan 20, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Women's Boat Building Panel - SHE BUILDS: Wit & Wisdom from 3 Port Townsend Woman Boatbuilders

Port Townsend is world-renowned as a magnet for female captains, maritime educators, marine trades specialists, and boat owners, but what about woman shipwrights and boat designers? Who are these women? What inspires them? How did they learn? And where have their skills taken them (so far!)?

This discussion will include stories from three Port Townsend women boatbuilders about big and small boat projects they’ve built, designed, or repaired, and challenges they’ve faced—from fears and doubt to defying gender stereotypes, juggling motherhood, and managing relationships as the only woman, too often, on the job. Bring your questions and wear your big girl/big boy boatyard pants because these gals plan to be honest!

With Esther Whitmore, Julia Maynard, and Diana Talley, moderated by Kaci Cronkhite.

Feb 3, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Mimi George - Voyaging Revivals of Oceania: How Ancient Navigation and Boatbuilding Is Useful Today

A deeper look into ancient navigation and boatbuilding and how the knowledge can be applied to problems we face today. Cultural anthropologist and sailor Mimi George will be interviewed by Lisa Werner.

Feb 17, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Andy Stewart & Zachary Simonson-Bond - create a vessel stewardship plan: Planning Your Boat's Future

In this engaging, live presentation, you’ll learn how to develop a “vessel stewardship plan” in order to manage competing interests of ownership, including the age and condition of the vessel, intended uses, finances, insurance, regulations, availability of resources and expertise, and ownership succession. At the end of the presentation, discussion and questions from participants will be encouraged.

Mar 3, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Race Boss and Race Marshall - Northwest Maritime Center Adventure Races: 2022 Is Not Going to Suck

In adventure racing, nothing stays as planned and nobody does what they should. 2022’s new twist to Race to Alaska, allowing teams to race outside of Vancouver Island, is like kicking an already psychotic dog. Jesse and Daniel are providing the boot and going behind the scenes for both SEVENTY48 and R2AK. They'll be presenting the races, racers, defining failure, and setting the odds. Gamblers welcome.

Mar 17, 5-6:30 PM (PST): Susan Brittain - LGBTQ+ and Finding My Way in the Maritime Industry

Join us for an open discussion with a panel of LGBTQ+ mariners as they share their stories of finding their way in the maritime industry. The panel will be moderated by Susan Brittian, a transgender woman who has been in the industry for over 40 years.

Purchase the series pass for $35 and get access to all the content on-demand through April 15!

Individual session tickets ($9.99/each) have access to the live session only, with no on-demand viewing.

This final presentation is FREE to all!

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