Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s New Term Begins Soon

Located on a seven-acre waterfront campus in Port Hadlock, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding begins the new year celebrating its 40th anniversary teaching hands-on skills.

Having remained in session during Covid-19 restrictions and completing a safe and successful spring/summer term, the trade school is entering this 2021 school year with a new Marine Systems building and an increased Marine Systems class size.  The six-month Marine Systems diploma program begins April 5, with a full class of students brimming with anticipation to get out of the house and get their hands-on tools. Additional start dates for both Marine Systems and Wooden Boatbuilding programs begin in October 2021.

As students prepare to relocate to the Olympic Peninsula, we would like to invite those in the community with apartments, homes, accessory dwelling units (ADU), or rooms to rent or lease for a 6 to 18-month time period to please contact the school at to be added to the housing list for prospective students.

The school works with the Port Townsend Marine Trade Association and other local businesses to develop curricula and training that provide graduates with relevant and needed skills to enter the workforce. Our mission continues to be to teach and preserve boatbuilding and marine systems while developing the individual as a craftsperson.