This letter came in November and I have the author's permission to post it along with the pictures he sent. It is clear by the pictures, that this boat has gotten some real use. Nothing could please us more. 😉

"The boat went into the water Thanksgiving 2014. Since then I’ve spent a lot of time with it. I have become quite jaded over the years with lots of bluewater miles and lots of hours racing a thistle-not to mention dozens of other boats. However I think I can state unequivocally that this boat is by far the most fun I’ve had on any boat in a very long time.

I have to confess to some off-label uses—on Sunday I was on a lake in Northern Massachusetts and had an adventure in an unexpected snow squall. Gusts 15-20 and horizontal snow. The gusts went away and I managed to keep the boat bottom side down. It took me a long time to regain normal feeling in my toes after I got back to base.

In So Cal (my normal stomping grounds) I can take it lots of places that neither a Thistle or a Canoe (two of my other boats) are comfortable. The Thistle is too much boat for a narrow cove with gusting winds and canoes don’t deal with surf (at my level of skill—though they are fun in whitewater rivers). I bought a small Rocna and use it to anchor and dive off of the boat. Dolphins seem frequently curious about the unusual traffic and check the boat out. You don’t realize how big they really are until you are eye to eye from water level.

In one incautious moment (or of one of several)  on a flat calm day I rowed into a little cove. There was a rock pillar in the center of it, but I didn’t think anything of it. A boat wake from a passing ferry picked the PT11 up and deposited it directly on top of the pillar. I was really worried it was the end of my favorite toy. However when I got back to the dock, there was a slight paint chip aft of the mast area and NO OTHER DAMAGE!  This boat is strong.

In another adventure had a 2+ mile long plane down a lake in New Hampshire in a really big blow. I knew it was a bad idea but I was flying all the way and it was too much fun. I did not succeed in taking the boat upwind. After a couple of capsizes I gave up and left it on the lee beach until the weather changed. I think I would have been OK, but the boat was so slippery inside that I couldn’t get up on the rail between tacks. I simply fell down.

I’ve since put a tasteful patch of non-skid on the floor of the boat, and found that I can feather upwind sitting on the rail, even in a good bit of wind.

Matt Foreman
Newport Beach, CA"

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Our Christmas present this year was a very large stack of plywood.

This is a big deal for us. Some of you may know from an earlier post that one big reason end-of-2015 production halted was due to not liking the plywood that was available. We take plywood very seriously for our kits. It needs to be beautiful since most of our builders like a clear finish. Flatness is critical for many parts and  consistent ply thickness is important especially on parts like foils, both for strength and because shaping the foils shows off the separate layers. If we accidentally cut foils from faulty plywood, they need a lot of extra work on Russell's part and then are sold discounted as 'Paint-grade'. So we have learned to be even more particular in our selection even if that means being a bit of a pain in someone's rear....

Thus, we are very happy to announce that Edensaw Woods has recently secured some beautiful plywood.
We tend to buy lots of plywood when we like the quality so pre-Christmas Eve, Russell went through an entire unit (86 sheets) of 6mm and only found a few that we didn’t buy. We also bought enough 12mm to not have to worry about that thickness for at least a year. Very important parts are cut from 12mm, such as the main bulkheads and foils, so, high grade plywood is critical.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you were hoping to build a PT 11, PT Spear, or PT Skiff in the New Year, we will have kits!

If you would like to know more about the care we take in producing our kits, we have been putting together an in-depth article about it. This will follow soon.

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Double checking the packing lists

We are presently restructuring our business and our kit packages for January 2016. We are taking this time to evaluate our operations, establish better supplies that have been causing some production issues, and ship out everything currently on order.

We will soon post an inside look at our kit production.

Kits will be available in early 2016. Please contact us by email or phone for more information and a quote. Update: Pending how plywood looks when it arrives at the end of December, we hope to have kits back in production January/February.

Thank you for your patience and support!

Russell & Ashlyn Brown

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This is kind of a long post featuring my festival pictures, our booth, the Pt 11 on the water, a customer built PT Skiff, end show humor, & video links...

The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival is a great event any year. This year, the 39th, was no exception. We had two hot and sunny days and Sunday cooled considerably under cloudy skies. In spite of the Hood Canal Bridge closing earlier in the week and again for a flotilla, people made it to our peninsula.

I did not get as many festival photos as usual but here are a few. It is hard not to get the same pictures as everyone else. Everywhere you look seems photo-worthy.

For PT Watercraft, the festival is increasingly a family reunion of sorts. Among the thousands who visited, were quite a few builders of our kits; some of our earliest customers, some who recently completed beautiful boats, and some who are just beginning construction. We were so happy to see everyone.  We even have show regulars who are still dreaming about building a PT 11 or a skiff, and they come every year to stroke the bright-work, listen to conversation, ask new questions. It is great to see familiar faces.

Our booth photos;

Schooner Martha has returned to Port Townsend. The Port Townsend Sails loft cheered as Martha tied up at the dock:

You can probably tell that I love our wooden boat festival even if I talk myself hoarse over the three days. I walked the docks Thursday afternoon as boats were filling the harbor, and again early Sunday morning.  The Sunday Sail-by is a highlight, though this year I found myself talking to booth visitors more than watching the hundreds of boats out on the water at once. Still very impressive! I expect lots of videos will appear on Youtube.

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Harbor masters get boats into their slots for Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in 2015

See a fun NWMC video of getting the boats into the harbor:

 

 

Our annual helper, Cooper Parrish, raced the PT 11 in the 26ft & under, and then sailed around during the Sail-by. Cooper makes very cool things at Scaled Composites in Mojave and we are so grateful that he is happy to take time out and join us at the show. Our friend Simon Miles of 206 Composites here in Port Townsend, had the Patin out as well. The Patin is probably the first beach cat design ever. Interested cat sailors might want to check out videos of the Vela Patin.

Customer built PT Skiff 'Mojo', was in the water. It was great to have a skiff at the festival for folks to check out. Builder/owners Mark and Meg were rightfully proud of their boat. Mark chose to really spiff it out with various woods, a sprayed paint job in indigo blue, and some plush outfitting choices.

At the end of the festival, packing up has a party like feel to it. We all survived a fun but physically challenging weekend. Our friends and show neighbors, Chesapeake Lightcraft, often display a bit of end show humor.  This year, they thought the Wee Nip bar next to them was closing the festival with 'BYOB' for a fill up.  Well, John and crew brought a boat!  Thanks John for all the laughs!

 

Jake and Josh have done it again with R2AK promo videos that I love to watch over and over again. During festival, I had to watch the 'Throw-down' video for a good laugh before beginning my Wooden Boat Festival day. Immediately following this one is the 'Will You Be Ready" video, once again featuring the talented, Zack Carver's video creativity. Check them out, laugh and share. I love this town. I cannot think of any other place that could have come up with an idea like this, keep the vibe in all its serious reality/whacky humor, and ...a straight face. Watch R2AK Throw Down and Are you ready?

It is Festival time again!  The 39th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival from September 11 - 13th.  That is next weekend! YOWZA!

We hope you have made your plans to come! PT Watercraft will be there together with WEST SYSTEM EPOXY. Bring your epoxy questions for their very knowledgeable team to answer. These guys are amazing.

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Visitors study the PT 11 nesting dinghy

We will have a PT 11 on display and one available for test rows. There should be several at the festival with their mother ships and a recently (almost) completed PT Skiff ("Mojo") will be at the docks this year. This boat promises to be a beauty judging by the few photos we have seen.

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The PT Skiff that will be shown at the 39th Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA 2015

Due to the festival, preparing for it and attending, we are not going to in office much. If you do have questions, email info @ptwatercraft.com (no space) and we will reply as soon as we can.

I hope we see you there!

AEB

Monday August 24th, A good friend, Ted Pike, passed away. I never knew a lot about Ted and his personal life. I did know and appreciated the energy and joy he created where ever he went and I want to honor him in my own small way with this post.  He was a larger than life kind of guy, gregarious and smart. He was a great supporter of the work that Russell and I have been doing. He advised us, cheered us on, and kept us believing that maybe we really are on to something good. He was always ready with a hug, a joke, a story.. and he always took time to ask important questions both about us, as people, and about business and our ideas. I deeply appreciated Ted and I know I am but one of so many people who did.

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Ted Pike checks out an early prototype of the PT 11 nesting dinghy. His feedback was a big part of our business development. Photo: Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

Kiwi Ferris of Edensaw Woods appropriately said in a recent message, "The Edensaw Family, Wooden Boat community, and Maritime world mourn the loss of our dear friend Ted Pike. The ancient mariner, dear friend, teacher, mentor, dear father and husband, the best hugger in the world."

I found some photos I took at the Classic Mariners Regatta one year, from the cockpit of s/v Vito Dumas. Ted, on Annie Too, was always in the fleet and often Master of Ceremonies afterwards.

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Ted Pike on Annie Too at the starting line , (far right) Classic Mariner's Regatta in Port Townsend. Photo: Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown
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Ted Pike on Annie Too (left) at the Classic Mariner's Regatta. Photo: Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown
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Ted Pike on Annie Too (left) about to round the committee boat.. Photo:Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

With only one day notice, a large crowd accompanied Ted's sailboat, Annie Too, (link to a slide show) as it was carried in the travel lift to the water. In a way, it was a chance for the many people who loved Ted, to be together and support one another through the shock and sadness of his sudden passing. What brought us all together was our mutual love and appreciation for Ted's presence in all our lives.  As my sister says, "Ted was a Boddhisattva and wherever he went, he spread love and compassion."

If you feel like listening to Ted Pike talk on Proboat radio from 2 years ago, follow the link here. The intro is lengthy but I liked hearing his voice again... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/proboatradio/2012/11/27/ted-pike-on-wood-boats-and-sailing

In Honor of Ted here is a fun little film of a human Boddhisattva..it will put a smile on your face..

Ashlyn