The Metal Boat Society

   30th Annual Metal Boat Festival- August 11-13 2017 

   Anacortes, Washington  

Come and join us in beautiful Anacortes, Washington for 3 days of fun and learning about designing, building, maintaining, cruising, and ownership of metal boats.  Catch up with old friends and meet new boating people with similar interests!


On August 11 -13, 2017 the 30th Annual Metal Boat Festival, sponsored by the Metal Boat Society will be held in Anacortes, Washington. The Festival is open to members and interested members of the public.

Festival will have a number of seminar speakers who are involved in designing, building, outfitting, and cruising on metal boats. The current agenda includes: 

  • Yacht designer George Buehler, N. A.,
  • Yacht designer Michael Kasten, N. A.,
  • Rigger and author Brian Toss from Brian Toss Yacht Riggers,
  • Sailmaker Vince Townrow from Ullman Sails, 
  • Neil Racicot describing the building of a titanium boat, 
  • Builder of a 96 foot aluminum sailboat - Loren Murphy,
  • Surveyor John Baird on maritime licensing, 
  • A panel of metal boat experts answering questions on design, construction, and maintenance,
  • Gerd Marggraff on cruising the world on 52 foot aluminum catamaran  

These information-packed seminars will be held at Seafarer's Memorial Building in the Port of Anacortes.   Friday & Saturday the seminars and discussions begin around 8:30am and run through about 5:00pm.  A free continental breakfast for participants will be available before the seminars begin.   We will take a break at lunch time so everyone can enjoy the beautiful downtown of Anacortes with many restaurants.   On Sunday,  we will hold a panel discussion and Q&A on metal boats and metal boat issues.   We will adjourn around noon on Sunday. 


There will be plenty of time to get to know and interact with other metal boaters.  On Friday evening, join us for metal boat tours at the Cap Sante Marina, a barbeque on the docks, and sunset sails around the bay.  Saturday night join us for a catered salmon barbeque and an entertaining slide show on cruising the South Pacific. 

Free Moorage is provided at the Cap Sante Marina for metal boats owned by festival participants for the nights of August 10, 11, and 12.   After registering for the Festival, contact our Dockmaster, Lance Ekhart at 360-305-5345 to reserve your moorage.  As moorage space is limited, you will have to register for the Festival prior to arriving in Anacortes.  Giving Lance at least a couple of weeks warning will make his job a lot easier.

A detailed agenda and registration link for the Festival will be available on June 1st.  The Festival Registration Fees for the three day-event are:

  • $95 USD; MBS member full registration for singles, couple, & family
  • $125 USD; non-member full registration for singles, couple, & family (includes one-year membership in the Metal Boat Society)
While the barbeque on the docks is included in the registration fee, there will be a small additional charge for those who would like to enjoy the catered salmon dinner.

This Festival includes a special auction of a 6 ft aluminum dingy built by club members during our last mini-fest. 

Festival Contacts:

Curt Eckley: (425) 223-6256, Festival Chairman,

Lance Ekhart: (360)-305-5345, Dockmaster,

Gerd Marggraff: (510) 828-1992, MBS President,

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