NWWB Notes: Volunteer For Knot A Boat

Knot A Boat

An Interactive Seattle Boat Show Booth

Women, please sign up for a shift now

 It’s fun and sends an important message about women who boat.

We are putting a call out to all women who boat, whether you own one or not, whether you’ve attended Northwest Women in Boating meetings or not, please help staff this fun and unique booth at the Seattle Boat Show.

For those of you who are familiar with Knot A Boat and the booth at the Seattle Boat Show, here is the link and information for signing up. For those of you who don’t know about Knot a Boat please enjoy the information below and consider signing up. Thank you in advance.

  Click this Doodle link: https://doodle.com/poll/wcw9i552khifz265

  • Click “+” at the top of the left side column to add your name to the list (if it’s not already there)
  • The time/date for each shift is across the top. Click the shifts you want. There will be 2 women per shift.
  • Then fill in your email address and cell phone number so Margaret can contact you.
  • The Doodle will be open until Thursday, January 16 for you to sign up. Please sign up as soon as possible!
  • If you need to make changes before the 16th, just click the blue pencil icon next to your name in the left hand column. After the 16th, you’ll need to contact Margaret directly. 

Why volunteer to help with Knot A Boat and what you receive?

  • You’ll get a ticket to enter the boat show and one to share for each shift you sign up for. You can pick the tickets up at the NWWB meeting on January 20, or they will be waiting for you at the boat show at Will Call.
  • It’s fun and social! You get to meet lots of boaters attending the show, and get to know other women who boat.
  • It’s a way to give back to NMTA, for providing the room for meetings of NWWB.
  • You help the boating community by teaching basic knots to new boaters
  • You get to practice your knots, and learn new ones from others!
  • Don’t worry if you don’t know a lot of knots! You can learn/refresh here: https://seattleonthewater.com/knots-%26-line-handling. There’s always lots of guys that come up to the booth who are interested in teaching you a knot THEY know… sometimes all you need to do is be a student!
  • Do you have a woman boater friend that wants to volunteer with you? Great! Sign her up!
  • We do limit volunteers to women for most days, but we welcome any husbands/men friends that would like to volunteer to cover on Women’s Day, Monday January 27 so the women can participate in all the great events!

The Tale of Knot A Boat

 Knot A Boat offers an opportunity to put women ‘out front’ actively promoting and teaching boating skills and safety on board. As women are observed in charge of the booth at the boat show, Knot A Boat is a visible statement to other women and the larger boating community of women taking charge. It makes a statement, “We are capable of learning and mastering the skills of boating.”

Vivian Strolis (right) and Pat Park at the Seattle Boat Show’s Knot A Boat Booth

What is Knot A Boat?

It is an 8’ by 8’ bow of a fiberglass boat outfitted as a knot-tying station. It offers a three dimensional  opportunity to learn and practice tying the many knots that we as boaters need to or should use to make our boating lives safer and easier, but which we are often out of practice with or have never learned.

Where did the idea for Knot A Boat come from?

It came from the creative imagination of the co-director/creator of Northwest Women in Boating, Vivian Strolis, who needed a hands-on three dimensional way of making knot tying stick. A focus of Northwest Women in Boating was helping improve boating skills for greater safety and this was a unique way of supporting that. Plus, there was an enthusiastic community of boat-loving gals to adopt the idea.

Where did Knot A Boat come from?

It came from ‘the depths of the Puget Sound’. Yep, creative Vivian asked herself, “Where can we get a boat and someone to cut the end off for us? It turned out that the Derelict Vessel Removal Program was the perfect source. These are the folks who drag up derelict, sunken boats from the depths and gather other abandoned boats from around the sound. They were so thrilled that someone actually wanted to take one of the boats off their hands, or at least part of one, that they did the actual cutting off of the bow to Vivian’s specifications.

How did it go from derelict to ship-shape?

Through the kind willingness of numerous maritime businesses and folks around Seattle, Knot A Boat emerged as the attractive teaching station that it is today. It was a community endeavor embraced by all. Here is a list of  those who made Knot A Boat possible:

WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) –

Derelict Vessel Removal Program – Melissa Ferris/Jerry Farmer

Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) – George Harris, President – Mentor

Peter Schrappen NMTA – Primary Contact

Northwest Marine Trade Association – Provided Seattle Boat Show Booth

CSR Marine – Scott Anderson, President – fiberglass work

Pacific Fiberglass – Doug Lambeth. President – painted Knot A Boat

Dunato’s – Patricia Segulja, General Manager – teak restoration

West Marine – lines for Knots

Joe Cruikshank – Framing for under Knot A Boat

BoatUS – sponsor

Fisheries – Samson Pole

Sure Rite Design – Nancy Anderson – painted name of boat

Prism Graphics – Stephanie Aird, Head of Sales – striping on boat

Railmakers North West – Mark Reeves and Guy Reeves – straightened railings

Gary Madsen – Harbour Village Marine Operations Director – transportation

Roland Strolis – Harbour Village Marina Director – transportation/hardware

NWWB Members –

Lynne Reister – NWWB Member – Lode Star Marine – marine surveyor

Kathy Felker – CleverKathy Designs Embroidery – NWWB burgee

Elsie Hulsizer – NWWB member – Knot signage

Marsha Cutting – member NWWB – lumber

Vivian Strolis – NWWB Co-chair – Project Manager

Marilyn Michael – NWWB Co-chair – Support

Sandy Kawamura & Lance Pascubillo – carpet for booth

Anastasia Reed – carpet for booth

Seattle Central Woodworking School – interior cabinetry

Waypoint Marine – Buck Fowler – storage

Bill Wiginton – Pelington Properties – lumber

How did Knot A Boat become a feature at the Seattle Boat Show?

Knot tying is an element of safety on board that is often overlooked by boaters. From the beginning, the Northwest Marine Trade Association embraced Knot A Boat as a unique feature at the Seattle Boat Show. The Booth is non-commercial, fun for those volunteering and for the boat show attendees stopping by. They can relax, engage in conversation and practice the actual tying of all kinds of knots, using the instructional boards or the expertise of volunteers. It is an interesting way to promote a feature of safety on board.

What did Knot A Boat offer to Northwest Women in Boating?

Boating has long been seen as a predominantly male dominated activity. There are, though, so many talented women doing amazing things on the water. There are so many women eager to become more knowledgeable and in charge out on the water. There are many women wanting to take a more active role in the boat they own with a partner. Women who embrace Northwest Women in Boating are proactive about improving and even sharing their boating skills. Knot A Boat gave women an effective teaching tool to improve their skills. Very importantly, though it offered an opportunity to put women ‘out front’ actively promoting and teaching boating skills and safety on board. As women are observed in charge of the booth at the boat show, Knot A Boat, is a visible statement to other women and the larger boating community of women taking charge. It makes a statement, “We are capable of learning and mastering the skills of boating.”

What is the Future of Knot A Boat?

Vivian continued as caretaker of Knot A Boat, but it needed a permanent home. With the help of others, it was donated to the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies where it resides proudly in their lobby as a display. Northwest Women in Boating is still able to feature it at the Seattle Boat Show. with thanks to the ongoing efforts of Margaret Pommert who is organizing volunteers for the Knot A Boat Booth at the 2020 Seattle Boat Show.


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