Olympic Park History & Museums: Wooden Boat Foundation, Port Townsend Washington

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Wooden Boat Foundation

The Wooden Boat Foundation at Point Hudson in Port Townsend is dedicated to promoting the joy of wooden boats through festivals, regattas, and a variety of educational programs. Read More

What can I see and do at the Wooden Boat Foundation?

The Wooden Boat Foundation Port Townsend is a maritime organization that is currently headquartered at the Northwest Maritime Center. Hence, most of their events and programs are held at that location.

You can sign up for youth or adult sailing programs, take a fun family boatbuilding class, attend knot tying workshops, learn about rigging and sails, or even take a captain’s licensing course. It’s also possible to charter a wooden boat or book a tour aboard one of the foundation’s vessels, an enjoyable experience for all ages.

The Wooden Boat Foundation’s big event of the year is the Wooden Boat Festival, which has been held annually since 1976. Generally scheduled for the second weekend in September, it features a display of some 300 vessels and both indoor and outdoor demonstrations and presentations, music, food, and plenty of activities for the kids.

Where is the Wooden Boat Foundation?

The foundation is located at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Water Street is Washington Route 20, the major route into town. Take Highway 101 to Route 20. After it becomes Water Street, continue until just past Monroe Street.

When is the Wooden Boat Foundation open?

The Northwest Maritime Center, home to the foundation, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Program times vary. Check out their news and events calendar at http://nwmaritime.org/events/ for specific information. The Chandlery, which sells maritime-related items, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What does the Wooden Boat Foundation cost?

Prices for classes and events sponsored by the foundation vary. See the above link.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Call the foundation at 360-385-3628 if you need more information on any events or programs.