Every year the terrific folks at the Maple Bay Marina, just around the corner from where we live, host a widely acclaimed event called “The Wooden Boat Festival”. For those who love everything nautical, this is a must-see event, one that finds crowds of folks coming from points all over the world to take in the big weekend. In today’s post we continue our running photoblog feature of this years event in our series “The Hollow’s Backyard“. Let’s check out a couple of the absolutely terrific Chris-Craft wooden boats that were on display.
In the world of boating, the name Chris-Craft is synonymous with quality built wood boats. Chris Smith, whom the company is named after, built his first wooden boat in 1874, and by 1924 the official company name was changed to Chris-Craft as we know it today.
The day was slightly overcast at times and the waters were fairly still in the marina. This really made for great photography opportunities as we walked the docks and took in all the activities that were going on. In the distance you could hear live music being played and everywhere you looked you found folks chatting with each other, sharing their passion for these great classic boats.
Given the tight quarters to work in, shooting handheld is really our only option at these events, there are just so many people and boats in the marina over the weekend. I love it when we get home and check out the shots being downloaded off the camera to try to find the real gems in the collection. For The Wooden Boat Festival, the best shots frequently do feature Chris-Craft boats largely due to the natural beauty of their incredible woodwork.
If you happen to find yourself on Vancouver Island in time for next year’s event, we highly encourage you to come and see it in person! It’s just one of those things that is a way better experience when had personally, and if you are into photography like we are here, you’ll fill up your memory cards in no time flat.
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