SAN DIEGO —The 25th annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival is the ideal place to spend Father’s Day for those dads who appreciate classic vessels. More than 70 boats will be display at the Koehler Kraft boatyard, June 20-21.
As the premier annual event for Southern California traditional wooden boat enthusiasts, the festival provides a rare opportunity for the public to view classic crafts up close from rowing, sailing, and power boats to regal schooners and rugged workboats.
Several large classic boats will be at the show with some open for boarding and viewing. Owners will also be on site to answer questions and provide history of the boats.
Featured events include, America’s Cup skipper Dennis Connor’s 40-foot schooner, FAME, which was built in 1910 and restored at Koehler Kraft. Akamia, a 1962 Kettenburg 50 that recently underwent a full restoration at the boatyard; a new re-construction project for the boatyard, Siwash, a 1910 yawl; and, a returning favorite, the 1928 10-meter class sloop, Sally.
The festival will also include free steamboat rides, custom-made small boats such as kayaks, canoes and dories, vendor booths and a sail down memory lane complete with a photo museum. There will be a children’s area devoted to fun age appropriate activities and live music will also be provided.
The event’s proceeds will benefit Challenged Sailors San Diego, an organization providing therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.
The San Diego Wooden Boat Festival will be open Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Koehler Kraft is located at 2302 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego. For more information, visit sdwoodenboatfestival.org or call 619-222-9051.