Welcome to the Dutch Wooden Boats Festival in the Netherlands held in Den Helder with lots of wooden boats on land and in the water. Every boat made with love by many boat builders who have put their soul and heart into it.
We celebrate this festival for the second time; the last one was a big hit!
Our event will take place on the premise of Willemsoord, the old Navy shipyard in the city of Den Helder, 1 hour north of Amsterdam. There are many maritime institutions on this shipyard like the Nautical Monuments Foundation that hosts many other foundations that honour the up keeping of a nautical monument, most of them steel, but she made of wood. A Navy Museum and a SAR Museum are at Willemsoord too. Many of the members of these foundations will be invited for the festival.
With over 1000 m of wooden boats counted last year, it might get even greater!
What is the Dutch WoodenBoat Festival
The Dutch WoodenBoat Festival is the celebration of the existence of wooden boats for a very long time now. The oldest wooden boat ever lies in a Dutch museum and is 10.000 years old.
Traditional aswell as contemporary build boats are welcome! Both represent an era of woodenboats from past to the present.
What can be expected?
Old wooden boats, new wooden boats, small and large, and everything in between; botter races; Amateur BoatBuilding Award; networking with builders and buyers/sellers, jobs, workshops, presentations, food and music or even working on your boat: there will be a big kwak, (huge botter) on the slipway for a caulking job.
How can I register?
It is a free event and you only have to register when you come with your wooden boat. Boat-owners who want to join and Businesses who want to have a stand at the festival are asked to register by sending an email with their details to firstname.lastname@example.org