About Our Wooden Boats

FRANCIS-LEEPhoto of Bob Perry-designed FRANCIS Lee by Boomer Depp. The FRANCIS LEE was commissioned and built by the Boat School and is now sailing the waters of the Puget Sound.

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Tuition covers only part of the total costs associated with delivery of our boat building programs. As a non-profit, the School reliesĀ on proceeds from the sale of the boats we build, as well asĀ donated vessels, to maintain financial health.

School-built boats
Our classes build more than a dozen boats of varied sizes and design each year. They are chosen from our preferred designs to fit each course requirement and can be commissioned in advance, purchased while under construction, or selected from our existing inventory. We also consider custom commissions on a case by case basis. Learn more.

Occasionally the Boat School accepts boat donations to use in our repair and restoration programs or for fundraising opportunities. Boats should be in considerable shape and in need of an appropriate amount of structural and/or cosmetic repair in relation to our program needs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, donations made to the Boat School may be tax deductible. Learn more.


The IRS provides these guidelines to help you review your eligibility and limitations on charitable contribution deductions, factors that influence the value you deduct, and the documentation that you will need.


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Hadlock, Washington. Focusing on traditional small and large, as well as contemporary wooden boats, the Boatbuilding School is nationally accredited and internationally recognized as a fine vocational institution. The Boat School honors the boat building traditions of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound with boat shops located due south across the bay from Port Townsend, Washington. Programs, courses and workshops are offered throughout the year and include traditional wooden boat subjects such as lofting, oar making, painting and varnishing, boat building, carvel and lapstrake planking, small, large and contemporary wood composite boat construction. Craftsmanship and woodworking are of the highest caliber within the maritime vocational trades. At the center of our programs is the ability to earn an Associates Degree in one-year, culminating each September in presentations at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Serving the Seattle-area woodworking and boat building community for over 34 years with the highest level of craftsmanship and integrity.