Make a Living, Craft a Life
Welcome to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding located in Port Hadlock, Washington. The Boat School is an educational institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (ACCSC), and attracts students from around the world including such countries as Japan, Australia, England, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, France and Tanzania. Our mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills, while developing the individual as a craftsman.
Founded in 1981, the School has taught traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills to more than 1,500 students. We offer a full-time 12 month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Traditional and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding as well as a 6-month diploma program in Marine Systems.
Associate Degrees at most schools take two years to complete; but, because activities at the Boat School revolve around an 8 am – 5 pm daily schedule, Monday – Friday, students are able to complete the Associates of Occupational Studies Degree within a 12-month period consisting of 4 consecutive quarters.
The school is a private post-secondary vocational school and a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit and publishes an annual report.