The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the waterfront in lower Port Hadlock, Washington, a quiet town surrounded by the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. The school’s heritage campus includes a seven-acre campus with over 20,000 square feet of indoor space for programs. 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.
The Hammond building sits up the hill and features a 6,300 square feet of shop space – large enough to accommodate three to four large boat projects a year, a 1,000-square-foot milling room, and a 1,325 square foot Mezzanine Classroom.
New Marine Systems Shop (under construction)
Adjacent to the Hammond Shop is the new 4,800 square-foot building dedicated to the Marine Systems Program. The shop includes three multi-function shop spaces and a dedicated classroom space with full IT networking for presentations and a computer lab. It accommodates a wide range of disciplines, including marine electrical, corrosion, plumbing, heating and cooling, hydraulics, outboard engines, diesel engines and steering and propulsion.
The classroom is located on the upper campus in the Hammond building. In 2017, the 1,325 square-foot Mezzanine Classroom was added to house the new Marine Systems program.
The upper part of the campus also includes a student parking lot, a 3,500-square-foot “Rubb Shelter” that serves as an additional boat shop, and an 800-square-foot machining and welding shop.