About Our Wooden Boats

FRANCIS-LEEPhoto of Bob Perry-designed FRANCIS Lee by Boomer Depp

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Tuition covers only part of the total costs associated with delivery of our boat building programs. As a non-profit, the School relies on proceeds from the sale of the boats we build, as well as donated vessels, to maintain financial health.

School-built boats

Our classes build more than a dozen boats of varied sizes and design each year. They are chosen from our preferred designs to fit each course requirement and can be commissioned in advance, purchased while under construction, or selected from our existing inventory. We also consider custom commissions on a case by case basis. Learn more.


McKenzie River Boat 3

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization donations to NWSWB may be tax deductible. Donations may be used in our repair and restoration program or as a fundraising tool. Learn more.

Repair and restoration

We are looking for wooden boats in reasonable condition, but in need of some structural and/or cosmetic work. Under recent (2005) tax rules, we may be in a unique position to help you maximize your tax advantage. Please see Donations for complete details.


Boats of any size or type in saleable condition will be considered. These craft should require only minor repair or cosmetic work. Proceeds from these sales go directly to the support of operations and campus development.

What else do I need to know?

How the Donation process works

Tax guidelines

Thinking of joining the School?

Click here to access our enrollment forms and procedures.

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
is accredited by the ACCSC

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Hadlock, Washington. Focusing on traditional small and large, as well as contemporary wooden boats, the Boatbuilding School is nationally accredited and internationally recognized as a fine vocational institution. The Boat School honors the boat building traditions of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound with boat shops located due south across the bay from Port Townsend, Washington. Programs, courses and workshops are offered throughout the year and include traditional wooden boat subjects such as lofting, oar making, painting and varnishing, boat building, carvel and lapstrake planking, small, large and contemporary wood composite boat construction. Craftsmanship and woodworking are of the highest caliber within the maritime vocational trades. At the center of our programs is the ability to earn an Associates Degree in one-year, culminating each September in presentations at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Serving the Seattle-area woodworking and boat building community for over 34 years with the highest level of craftsmanship and integrity.