ONE POWERFUL PROGRAM
The 12-month Boatbuilding Associate of Occupational (AOS) Degree program offers a compact and comprehensive curriculum that takes time-tested traditional skills mixed with modern wood composite techniques to offer you the best program and get you into the workforce quickly. This hands-on training follows industry standards and techniques and provides effective and efficient boat building and woodworking techniques through a combination of hand and power tool use. You will learn on a wide range of boat projects ranging from 8 to 36 feet, constructed through carvel, lapstrake, and composite construction techniques on power, sail, and row boats.
The Boatbuilding program gives you the opportunity to start from your own foundation – no prerequisites other than a high school diploma or GED or required. All skill levels and backgrounds are accommodated in this comprehensive program.
The 12-month, accelerated Boatbuilding AOS Degree program revolves around a full-time Monday – Friday daily schedule. Students are able to complete the AOS degree within a 12-month period. This program starts once annually in October.
Fall Quarter: October to December
BASIC SKILLS FOR BOATBUILDERS
110 Classic Woodworking
This course teaches you how to care for and use hand and power tools, provides knowledge of important woodworking techniques, and develops your skills in executing typical joinery found in wooden boatbuilding.
The drafting course teaches you how to develop the shape of a hull on paper using a lines drawing. You learn how to visualize the three-dimensional shape of a hull described by two-dimensional drawings.
The lofting course teaches you how to lay down the lines of a boat and make developments from which you will make patterns to transfer to building stock.
130 Skiff Construction
This course introduces you to basic wooden boatbuilding by integrating the skills and joinery techniques practiced in Class Woodworking 110 into basic flat-bottom boat construction.
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The Perfect Location
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located in the heart of more than 50 maritime businesses on Port Townsend Bay and surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Students have access to the Port Townsend working waterfront providing networking with talented and experienced marine craftspeople.
The Boatbuilding program is 12-months long and starts once annually in October with graduation the following September. School days are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Students are awarded an Associates of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree upon completion.
View the 2023-2025 School Catalog for more detailed information on scope, sequence, and program description.
To be eligible for enrollment, all students must have:
• Earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED) prior to the first day of class.
• The physical and health capacity to undertake the day-to-day work.
• The ability to understand written and oral instruction given in English.
Enrollment in programs at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding do not require prior woodworking, boatbuilding, or marine systems experience.
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The 12-month Boatbuilding program is approved for Federal Student Aid including Direct Student Loans and Pell Grants. This program is approved for the use of Veterans Education Benefits.
Students are awarded an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree upon completion. Our programs are accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and licensed by the State of Washington.
The 12-month Boatbuilding program prepares students for entry-level employment. Career opportunities are varied and include jobs in boat shops, ship yards, vessel manufacturing, cabinet shops, and in related woodworking trades such as architectural woodworking, furniture making, finish carpentry, and recreational vehicle remodeling.
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Although the school does not offer on-campus housing, staff is dedicated to supporting students in finding accommodations. The school provides a local housing list to all enrolled students consisting of property owners who want to rent to Boat School students. Staff also sends out dedicated housing availability emails to enrolled students and works one-on-one to connect you with accommodations. The school is constantly networking with local property owners to grow available housing.