The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats preserves and celebrates the Northwest's maritime heritage through a variety of hands-on activities and classes.

Come to CWB for hands-on maritime experiences using our fleet of historic wooden boats. You can visit us in Seattle or on Camano Island. Our livery (our fleet of boats for rent) operates year-round renting sail and rowboats to the public. We also offer many classes in sailing and other skills for adults and youth as well as one-on-one sailing lessons. Many events happen at The Center for Wooden Boats and you are invited to explore our docks every day of the year.

Summer Sailing - Discover South Lake Union

Thanks to Discover South Lake Union for highlighting us in the current issue! Fun memories of Dick at the end, too. Imagine you’re gently cruising along the calm waters of Lake Union on a hot summer day. Or maybe you can see yourself walking along The Center for Wooden Boat’s dock, taking in its collection of unique interactive exhibits. Perhaps you can even see yourself building your own wooden water craft. Look...

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Yesterday, The Center for Wooden Boats held a tribute to late Founding Director, Dick Wagner. It was gratifying to see so many members of the community that started at The Old Boathouse decades ago.

Dick accomplished many amazing things in his life, preserving small wooden boat craft, craftwork and culture, creating something unique that helps define Seattle, changing the lives of countless people, young and old, but creating the CWB community is perhaps his most impactful gift to us.

It is this living community, inspired by Dick's vision, that will carry on through the coming decades. We could think of no better way to honor Dick's memory than to bring us all together and sail past the Old Boathouse -- Dick and Colleen's houseboat, where it all began. A wide variety of people in a wide variety of boats. Thank you all who participated and all the members and supporters of CWB.

Fair Winds, Dick.

Our 1906 steam launch Puffin takes off for a ride around Lake Union!

Ahhhhh feels like summer. We've got sun AND wind today! A new SailNOW! group is starting, El Toros are out, the boatshop has its doors wide open, and there are lots of people on the docks enjoying the view. What a beautiful day!

New group of volunteers getting trained up for our boat livery. Perfect day for it.

Hey, these kids are getting pretty good at this.

TONIGHT in the SLU Boathouse: Northwest Seaport's Executive Director will talk about their new ship!

It's a perfect day for rowing.

Come down this weekend and enjoy the sun! Forecast is 70's and SUNNY! We'll have lots of boats for rent, and there are still plenty of openings for sailing lessons!

Did you catch our Programs Manager and former Livery Manager in this month's issue of 48° North Sailing Magazine? Go Team KELP - Race to Alaska 2017!

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1010 Valley St
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 8pm
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