SAVE THE DATE……June 17 & 18 2017
A San Diego Father’s Day weekend tradition, the San Diego Wooden Boat festival is the premier annual event for Southern California traditional wooden boat enthusiasts and provides a rare opportunity for the general public to view some of the most beautiful and well maintained wooden crafts up close. While this event features mostly well preserved vintage vessels there are also plenty of new crafts that have been hand crafted with skill and meticulous detail.
The event is sponsored by Koehler Kraft Boat Yard and is held at the Koehler Kraft Facility and adjoining marina. It began in 1990 as a tribute to Clarence Koehler Sr. who passed away in 1986. Clarence Koehler Sr. founded Koehler Kraft (formerly Mercury Marine) in 1938 as a builder of a popular line of mahogany sport fishing boats and racing runabouts. He moved the operation to its current Shelter Island location in 1952.
Over the years, the San Diego Wooden Boat Festival has the legacy of Koehler Kraft has swelled to include more than 70 crafts; in the water and on the hard. It has served to preserve and celebrate legacy of pride in workmanship and a historic maritime traditions. It is a time when wooden boat owners from near and far invite their family, friends and the interested general public to come and share in their labors of love and tales of high seas adventures.
The weekend festivities include live music, a galley generously run by members of the Koehler Family along with a few dedicated volunteers, a variety of booths, activities for children and a raffle with a large assortment of valuable items donated from local businesses. The popularity of the event has lead Koehler Kraft to use the proceeds to benefit local San Diego charities.