The Northwest Maritime CenterThe roots of our organization stem back to the wooden boat renaissance that took place in Port Townsend, and Point Hudson specifically in the 1970’s. Drawn in by the charm of the town and its location as a jumping off spot for open ocean or inland cruising, a group of traditional craft revivalists sailed into town and created a mecca for wooden boat enthusiasts. Nationally known maritime legends are among the shipwrights and riggers, sail makers and sailors that came to call Port Townsend home. The first Wooden Boat Festival started as a party amongst this group of romantics.
Forty plus Wooden Boat Festivals later (and counting), our focus has grown to encompass both the traditional and contemporary. Our waterfront campus opened its doors in 2009 and married that romance of the sea with state of the art technology. While we still teach people the virtues of varnish and how to spile a plank, we embrace the contemporary with equal fervor. On our third floor is the Pilothouse Training Center—an electronic simulation learning lab for training seasoned and aspiring mariners with the latest navigation, communication, technological, and ship-handling skills necessary to be successful in today’s maritime industry.
Our host of programs extends to the water with sailing lessons for young and old, international sailing excursions, and the engineless Race to Alaska which pits watercraft of all types against the wilds of the Inside Passage.
Our NWMC StaffJake Beattie | Executive Director
Heidi Eisenhour | Chief Operating Officer
Our NWMC Board
Kris Morris | Vice President
David King | Treasurer
Richard Firth | Secretary
Patrick M. Irwin
Carlyn Stark | Board Emerita
Jim Whittaker | Board Emeritus