The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a highly regarded maritime event held in Hobart, Tasmania. It is a biennial festival that celebrates the rich heritage, craftsmanship, and culture associated with wooden boats. The festival first started in 1994, and attracts a diverse range of enthusiasts, including boat builders, sailors, artisans, and visitors from around the world.

The primary objective of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is to promote and preserve Australia's maritime heritage, particularly the craftsmanship and skills involved in building and maintaining wooden boats. The festival showcases a wide array of wooden vessels, including historic tall ships, classic yachts, traditional fishing boats, and various other wooden craft.

During the festival, the picturesque waterfront of Hobart's historic port comes alive with a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. Visitors have the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities and attractions. The festival program typically includes on-water displays, maritime demonstrations, sailing events (including the famous opening event, the Parade of Sail), educational workshops, exhibitions and displays, a maritime marketplace, entertainment and cultural performances, a symposium and more. 

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival not only provides a platform for boat enthusiasts and professionals to showcase their skills but also aims to engage and educate the public about the importance of preserving maritime heritage. It fosters a sense of appreciation for the craftsmanship, artistry, and historical significance of wooden boats.

Overall, the festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia's maritime traditions, learn about the craftsmanship involved in wooden boat construction, and celebrate the enduring beauty of these timeless vessels.


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