Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation

360-385-3628 Website Email
431 Water Street
Port Townsend
Contact: Jake Beattie, Exec. Director

FIRST FEDERAL COMMONS - This public outdoor space in the heart of Port Townsend's downtown waterfront is a focal point year-round for community gatherings and maritime activities, from small-boat launchings and landings to seamanship demonstrations, educational programs and music performances. More than 1400 pavers, laid in the shape of a compass rose, are engraved with the names of community members whose support and financial contributions made this project possible.

WOODEN BOAT CHANDLERY - The well-stocked chandlery and gift shop features top quality traditional marine hardware and supplies, fine hand tools, and an extensive collection of maritime books and artwork. Many items are created by local artisans and are beautiful as well as practical. The chandlery is the west coast's foremost resource for "all things wooden boat." Current Chandlery hours are 10am-5pm Sun.-Thurs. and 10am-6pm Fri. and Sat. Cafe at the Maritime Center Open 7:30-5pm every day. Come wake up with a cup of locally roasted, organic Sunrise Coffee and a fabulous view of the bay! We offer local foods from favorites like Bob's Bagels and Pane D'Amore. Located in the Heritage Building at the Maritime Center at the back of the Chandlery, come see us!

MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS SHOP - Sailmaking, leather and rope work, hand-tooled craft and family boatbuilding are a feast for the creative soul. Observe and converse with working craftspeople or grab a piece of sandpaper and pitch in on a community project. Students are engaged in diverse tasks, lectures, and exercises, including restoration of the Northwest Maritime Center's legacy boats. All of this can be observed from the mezzanine walkway.

HELEN KEELEY BOATHOUSE - The large boathouse doors open to reveal the sleek hulls of dozens of rowing shells, day-sailers, and sea kayaks. Launch your kayak or sailing dinghy from the beach next to the Boathouse, or drop your shell into the water from a floating dock in the more protected waters of Point Hudson Marina. A public restroom with showers for those who have boats in storage is across the breezeway.

CONFERENCE FACILITY with catering kitchen - Up to 185 people can enjoy the spectacular view while participating in the variety of programs and classes that will be offered. The meeting room features an outside deck, reception-sized lobby, window screens, large retractable doors that can divide the room in half, state-of-the-art multimedia presentation equipment, and full service catering kitchen.

H. W. MCCURDY LIBRARY - The Wooden Boat Foundation's extensive maritime collection can be found here. View artifacts and maps. Computer work stations are incorporated into the layout for distance learning opportunities and high-tech links to maritime resources around the globe.

PILOTHOUSE - A representation of a modern vessel's bridge contains the latest navigation, communication and vessel control equipment. The commanding view of Admiralty Inlet, and the sights, sounds and state-of-the-art technology, transport students and visitors to the world of current maritime commerce.

CLASSROOMS - On the second level, above the Bosun's Locker, well-lit, tech-equipped rooms with high ceilings provide flexible space for small breakouts from the conference area, or for classes that serve ongoing programs.

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