2017 Pocket Yacht Palooza

and Palooza Crooza!


Don’t Miss The

Sixth Annual


The sixth annual Pocket Yacht Palooza will be held Saturday, July 22 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, and will feature more than 60 small boats on the Commons, along the adjoining beach and next door at Point Hudson Marina.

The Palooza is a celebration of small-boat design, showcasing the widest variety of watercraft--wood, fiberglass, rowing, paddling, sailing and even a few small, traditional motorboats. There is some emphasis on boats suitable for camp cruising, but all interesting designs are welcome and equally appreciated.

Besides the boats and endless boat talk, we’ll share a potluck on the edge of the beach Saturday.

Following the potluck, those who are planning to take part in the ensuing Palooza Crooza (which starts the following morning) will gather for a skippers meeting--either on the beach, or upstairs at the Maritime Center. (Location will be determined by weather that evening.)



The Pocket Yacht Palooza is utterly free to boat owners and the public. Registration is just as simple--all you have to do is let organizer Marty Loken know you plan to bring a boat; give him a description of your craft and indicate if you’d like to display on its trailer or a boat stand, on the adjoining beach, or perhaps anchored just offshore with a tether line to shore. Marty’s email address is Norseboater22@gmail.com


By popular demand, this year’s Palooza Crooza will follow a route we’ve enjoyed before--from Port Townsend down through the Port Townsend Canal cut, then south across Oak Bay and into Mats Mats Bay, where we’ll spend Sunday night either sleeping aboard our boats or tent-camping ashore.

Mats Mats is a wonderfully protected back bay, accessed via a scenic and narrow entrance. (If you haven’t been there before, it’s just north of Port Ludlow.)

Monday morning, July 24, we’ll depart Mats Mats Bay and sail, motor, row and/or paddle north around the eastern shore of Marrowstone Island, straight up Admiralty Inlet. Rounding Marrowstone Point, we’ll run parallel to the north shore of Marrowstone and enter Kilisut Harbor on a flood current...and finally work our way south to enter our overnight destination, Mystery Bay State Park.

Those who wish to sleep aboard will either tie to the State Park float, which offers 600 lineal feet of moorage, or they’ll anchor out nearby. Tent campers will go ashore and utilize the large yard of a neighbor just across the road from Mystery Bay State Park, since the park is a day use-only facility with launch ramp, dock, picnic tables, beach and pit toilets...but no overnight camping.

Tuesday, we’ll enjoy sailing in Mystery Bay, perhaps including a visit to the classic Nordland General Store, before working our way back out Kilisut Harbor, then crossing the bay to Port Townsend launch ramps.

Like the Pocket Yacht Palooza, there’s no charge to participate in the Palooza Crooza. And because of the routes we select, folks can participate for as many days as they wish...if they need to get back to jobs or other ‘real world’ commitments sooner. (For instance, if you absolutely need to be home by Sunday evening, July 23, you can sail with the rest of us that day, returning to Port Townsend...or arranging to drop your empty trailer and tow rig at the Mats Mats Bay ramp Saturday evening. We’ll have volunteer shuttle drivers. If you must return to Port Townsend by Monday evening to head home, you can sail north around Marrowstone Island from Mats Mats and then continue straight to PT rather than overnighting in Mystery Bay. So there are choices.)

To register for the Palooza Ctooza, just email Marty Loken at Norseboater22@gmail.com letting him know you’d like to join in the fun for one, two or all three days.

The Pocket Yacht Palooza typically features 60-75 small boats on display, and the ensuing Palooza Crooza typically starts out with about 30 small boats...with many needing to head home before the third day due to other commitments. (Weather plays a role, too. Last year we held the Palooza and Crooza in early June, and ran into clouds and some rain--torrential at one time--which thinned the fleet quickly. Having learned our “June Lesson,” we’ve moved this year’s Palooza and Crooza to late July, when excellent weather is, dare we say, almost guaranteed? (No, we don’t dare say...but the chances are excellent that conditions will be fine for small-boat sailing.)

In terms of pre-Crooza logistics, boats displayed on dry land during Saturday’s Pocket Yacht Palooza either launch Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Our Crooza fleet will depart the Port Townsend waterfront at 10 a.m. Sunday, so there will be time to launch that morning. Boaters launching Saturday evening typically overnight in Boat Haven Marina guest slips, which always seem to be available for small craft. (We’ll provide details a bit later.)

Once again, if you’d like to take part in the Pocket Yacht Palooza and/or the Palooza Crooza--or if you have questions--please get in touch with Marty Loken via email at Norseboater22@gmail.com

Finally, if you plan to take part in the Palooza Crooza, we recommend that you have the following items aboard your boat:

PFDs – One Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person aboard, plus one throwable if your boat is longer than 16 feet.

Fire Extinguisher – Required if your boat has an inboard engine; is longer than 26 feet, or has closed compartments for storage of fuel or other flammable materials.

Sound-Signaling Device – Some means of making an efficient sound signal (whistle, typically).

Navigation Lights – Boats under 23 feet in length, if not equipped with sidelights and a stern light, must have ready at hand a flashlight or lantern showing a white light that must be displayed in sufficient time to avoid a collision...according to CG regulations.

Visual Signaling – For boats under 16 feet, distress signals (red flares, flashlights) are required for distress signals between sunset and sunrise. For boats over 16 feet, requirements are for one orange distress flag and one electric distress light, or three handheld or floating orange smoke signals and one electric distress light, or three combination day-night red flares, handheld, meteor or parachute type.

Anchor and Rode – Anchor, chain and/or line appropriate for the boat. (We recommend but do not require two anchors, with suitable rode, for the Crooza.)

Reboarding Device – A ladder, other device or plan for getting skipper/crew back in the boat in open water.

Compass – Magnetic or electronic compass.

Bilge Pump, Bailer, Buckets – Some way to bail out the boat.

VHF Radio – If handheld (ideally waterproof), bring extra battery. Monitor Ch. 69 during all active hours of the Palooza Crooza

Charts – Covering the area of the Palooza Crooza, paper or electronic.

First Aid – A basic or more-than-basic kit

Lines -- enough for mooring and towing...or being towed.

Boat Fenders (at least 2)


Foulweather Gear, extra clothing for everyone aboard.

Water, food and cooking equipment for four days. (Don’t plan on restaurant meals....they don’t exist on our route.)

Dry Bags to protect extra clothing and electronic gear.

Camping Gear, including tarp(s), for those tent-camping ashore.

Other Items – Recommended but not required: Handheld GPS, depth-sounding line and lead; flashlight, timepiece, cellphone and camera to capture all of the memorable scenes.

Hope to see you here in late July! - Marty