Celebrating traditional boats and boat-building skills with an appreciative nod to modern materials and techniques, Wooden Boat Festival events are put on through the volunteer efforts of KBWBS members and supporters. Some original events persist to this day while others have evolved over time.
Local businesses generously donate materials to help make the ever-popular kids’ boat building an ocean of smiles for the whole family, while musicians enthusiastically volunteer their talents for a crowd-pleasing evening of sea chanteys at the Salty Dawg Saloon.
Funds to offset the costs of other events and general expenses are raised through the sale of Wooden Boat Festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, and ball caps, all sporting new original maritime art each year, considered by many to be collectors’ items.
It all started in the winter of 1992-93, when a band of local wooden boat builders and enthusiasts decided to form an association to foster appreciation of Kachemak Bay’s maritime heritage, provide a forum for area boat builders and shipwrights to showcase their talents, and have some fun in the process.
The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society (KBWBS) was born, and in May of 1993 the first Wooden Boat Festival was held, an annual affair ever since.