Housing & Community Resources

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There is so much to learn and to enjoy on the Olympic Peninsula. Below is information about our community and many the wonderful resources available to students and their families while attending Boat School.

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Port Hadlock CottagesMost students choose to live in either Port Hadlock or Port Townsend. Port Townsend is about a 20 minute drive to campus. The School does not have on-campus housing, nor do we guarantee housing. However, the School does provide an updated local housing list to all enrolled students. This is a great resource for students as many of the listed rentals have been rented to Boat School students for years. The list provides a wide variety of accommodations, including marinas and mooring options. The following link to the Student Renter’s Guide provides helpful advice and information about becoming a renter.  For more information about housing, please contact housing@nwswb.edu.   READ MORE



ferryThe Boat School is accessible by car, ferry, air, boat, and bus. The Jefferson County bus system can transport you throughout Jefferson County, across the Olympic Peninsula, and even to Seattle (by transferring to the Kitsap bus system after going over the Hood Canal Bridge). To learn more about the transportation systems that you can access while at the school, click on: READ MORE

Support Services

ernie baird's groupJefferson County, WA offers lots of community support for those who might need a little boost now and then. Instructors and school administrators care deeply about student well-being and success in school and in life. The Student Services Coordinator can help students connect with resources and services  For more information about Veteran specific support, please contact Rita Frangione or Jon Ferguson at veterans@nwswb.edu



Community Boat Project

community-boat-projectThe Community Boat Project is located on the Hadlock Heritage Campus and supported by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. The program is an inclusive, hands-on educational and vocational offering that attracts a wide variety of participating high school students from both the Chimacum and Port Townsend School Districts. These dynamic youth hold two important characteristics in common – the love of working with their hands and the commitment to working within a tight-knit team…

Note: Students attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding who volunteer in their off-hours with the Community Boat Project can learn sailing skills from the program’s instructors during the weekends – free of charge. READ MORE

Our Neighborhood

Port Hadlock photo by Tom RoordaThe Port Hadlock, Washington area surrounding our school is rich with natural beauty and charm. Because we are located right on the waterfront, students enjoy easy access to fresh air, water, and beaches. When boats are completed, students have the opportunity to launch them just outside the boat shop into one of the most beautiful harbors on the Olympic Peninsula. READ MORE


Large Craft Sailing Vessel

The Boat School encourages students to explore Port Townsend Bay in the evenings and on weekends. Many hundreds of miles of protected cruising waters spread out from Port Townsend Bay. Sailing experience is also available in Port Townsend aboard vessels ranging in size from 20’ sloops to 100’ schooners. The Student Services Coordinator can connect students to local recreation opportunities.

In addition to sailing, nearby recreation includes hiking in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, exploring the rural roads of Jefferson County by bike, and exploring the San Juan Islands. Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Ludlow sailing events and activities can be found at www.opsailing.com/ and www.ptsail.org. The Olympic Discovery Trail is a great hiking/biking/horseback riding path that spans 100 miles of the Olympic Penninsula: www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/. The Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest are excellent for weekend explorations and include miles of mountain and beach hiking. Port Townsend offers community events, live music, entertainment, arts, theatre, dance, sports, and more: ptguide.com. READ MORE

Family Resources

Rain Forest FernThere are many volunteer getconnectedjc.weareugn.org/need/, recreational, and educational opportunities for family members who move with students to Jefferson County. The ptguide.com and the “Who’s Who in Jefferson County” publication provide many resources for groups, clubs, and recreational activities within the county. There is also a Facebook page for family members/partners of Boat School students.   READ MORE