The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located along the waterfront of the six-acre Port Hadlock Heritage Campus on the south end of Port Townsend Bay. School facilities currently include 14,500 square feet of covered space including historic and modern buildings. Learn more about our campus with our audio tour.
The historic, two-story, 7,500 square-foot Captain Westrem Building accommodates a lumber-milling room, a boatshop, the administration offices and the library. The library houses over 1,200 volumes on a wide variety of maritime subjects and several collections of periodicals. Computer stations provide student access to the internet. Northwest Sails & Canvas Inc., an independent sail loft, is located upstairs and is equipped with a variety of sewing machines and hand-work benches. They often run workshops that Boat School Students can attend to learn additional skills outside of regular class hours.
Next door, the 3,500 square-foot fully restored McPherson Building features a 60-person classroom and lunchroom, restrooms, a faculty office, and a 2,000-square-foot boatbuilding shop. Overhead skylights and south-facing windows flood the shop with natural light.
Located on the upper campus, the Hammond building opened in 2011. It features 6,300 square feet of shop space – large enough to accommodate three to four large boat projects a year. In 2015, a 1,000-square-foot milling room was added onto the Hammond building. In 2017, a 1,325 square-foot Mezzanine Classroom was added to house our Marine Systems program.
The upper campus also includes the 3,500-square-foot “Rubb Shelter”, a canvas on frame building restored in 2015. This building serves as an additional boat shop that often houses restoration projects.
Port Hadlock, Washington – A Beautiful Location for Boat Building
The Port Hadlock Heritage Campus lies along the water and up a wooded bluff within easy walking distance of the little town of Port Hadlock. There, students can purchase groceries, tools, and supplies from local stores. There are also a number of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance of the campus.
The Port Hadlock Business District includes a medical clinic, dentist office, hardware store, lumber yard, auto repair services, clothing store, QFC grocery store, gas stations, computer store, library, laundromat, and veterinary services.
Jefferson County Transit buses depart from the town center with routes to Port Townsend, other Olympic Peninsula towns, Seattle, and a variety of Puget Sound destinations. There is public transportation to and from the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.