This blog covers trips from the book and other favorites. Contact Rob in Seattle: or 206-465-7167


Port Townsend Boat Haven, Trip #36

Driving into Port Townsend, the first thing you see below the hill is an expansive PT Boat Haven to your right.  Boats of all kinds and sizes of all varying conditions are being restored.  The town is also home to the Northwest School of Boat Building and the PT Maritime Center has a new building at the end of Water Street.  I gave a talk for my SUP book there a year ago as part of their Wednesday speaker series in the Chandry.

The Boat Haven is worth taking a peek exploring the winding road taking you past all types of boat facilities and shops passing Port Townsend Brewing and the Pourhouse (like beer?). Friend Tim Nolan's shop near the Pourhouse designs commercial watercraft such as the Port Angeles pilot boats. Tim's a local SUP paddler who was instrumental in developing the use of the CNC machine for boat building.

Want to launch your boat/board?  Find Haines Street in the Boat Haven for a nice sandy beach launch.  Plenty of parking, open all the time.  In the book, Trip #36.

Learn more about my book Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips. I also offer SUP and Kayak lessons available throughout the year at Salmon Bay Paddle. Questions about paddling on the Salish Sea, give me a holler anytime at or 206-465-7167

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