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Center for Wooden Boats

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Center for Wooden Boats; Seattle, Washington

The neighboring Center for Wooden Boats is “a living museum,” providing direct, hands-on experience as the best way to learn new skills. You can pick up a tool and learn to caulk a seam, go for a row or even a sail. Indeed, the CWB offers free 45-minute rides on historic vessels including a Friendship sloop, a New Haven Sharpie, and a Bristol Bay Gillnetter; the center attracts 6,000 people a year for its free Cast Off public sailing program on Sundays. Walking the docks is fun. Take a good look at Sea Puffin, a 1906 steam launch, or Pirate, a gorgeous sloop that won the R boat national championship in 1919. CWB offers toy boat building for kids as well as “Storytime” onboard the historic tugboat Arthur Foss, when sea stories and maritime picture books are read aloud to preschoolers.

Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St., Seattle, Washington 98109
If you’re visiting MOHAI or the CWB by boat, CWB is in charge of slips and moorings; contact them via email:, or phone 206 382-2628.
Admission: Free

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