Kaci Cronkhite presents: Finding PAX at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine

Kaci will talk about finding Pax, a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft wooden double-ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat’s past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936. The search took her to remote harbors of British Columbia, to a 3-generation marina in the Port of Los Angeles’, and to the harbors, boatshops, archives, and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. "The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find."

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information and directions, go to The Apprenticeshop website.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: Kaci and Pax together again

The 1936 Danish spidsgatter PAX will make her 13th appearance with Kaci at the 2019 PTWBF. From that first Boatyard Stage appearance in 2007, marine trades craftspeople and the former owners and families of PAX have added to the story… the reconstruction of a boat and the restoration of families’ history. Kaci spent 7 years tracking down the mysteries of PAX’s long lost history in British Columbia, California, and Denmark. What she found changed her life—made her an author—and has inspired thousands of readers around the world.

Come see PAX and nearly 300 other beautiful wooden boats during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Tickets to the entire event are required and help support year round programs at the NW Maritime Center. Get your tickets here.

I’ll be onboard PAX throughout the weekend. Buy a copy of FINDING PAX [which to my amazement was shortlisted for the UK’s 2018 MountBatten Best Book Award and 2019 Oklahoma Book Awards in Non-fiction!] or bring your copy to the boat and I’ll sign it.

I love sharing PAX and hearing from readers. If you haven’t done so yet, drop me a line and let me know what you thought of the story.