I just returned front he Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. It was a classic weekend as we had perfect weather
. The whole thing is an overload of "eye candy"....lots of old boats kept in great condition.
My highlight of the trip came when I was admiring Russel Brown's (son of Jim Brown) PT Skiff. If you want ot see a really fine example of craftsmanship and design genius check it out. ptwatercraft.com
I look over and see this cool looking older fella sitting there smiling. I ask "are you Jim Brown?" well...ya he jumps up and shakes my hand. Oh Man was I stoked. We talked for a long time, about a lot of things. I told him right off I trusted my family
to his design when I bought the 37' back in 1981. And I told him after 29 years working in the Bearing Sea his design is still my choice for so many reasons, now that I have a 34'. It was a real highlight for me to be able to tell him these things. Then up walks Mead Gougon of West system fame. Turns out him and Jim are on a "walk about" in a little motor
home. Cruising the country together for a bit......very cool guys.
There were quite a few big schooners sailing on the bay. Jim can't see hardly at all. He cocked his head
as I described what I was seeing. I know very little about schooners, and Jim started out on them in the Caribbean
way back when. He described what I was seeing and telling me the names of the sails
and why and what for they were there. He got so stoked about them being out there.
Quite a "talk story" in a short time.
It was a great time. I will always remember finally meeting and connecting with Jim Brown.
I will post photos when I am able, looks like I cannot right now.