Boat School Programs & Workshops

Quality education and craftsmanship are the focus

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The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is committed to providing men and women of all ages a quality education in traditional wooden boatbuilding and fine woodworking. We strive to impart sound, practical knowledge in traditional maritime skills, using wooden boats as the training medium. We hope to imbue students with the pride and satisfaction that comes from skillful work joyfully executed.

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Full-time degree programs & related courses are offered

thumbs-upFull time programs at the boat school include 12-month degree programs for an Associate of Occupational Studies degree (AOS) and 9-month diploma programs.

Associate Degrees at most schools take two years to complete, but because activities at the Boat School revolve around an 8 am – 5 pm daily schedule, Monday – Friday, students are able to complete the Associate Degree within a 12-month period.

Our full-time degree programs are:

 

Traditional Large Craft

Traditional Small Craft

Contemporary Wood Composite Craft

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Click here for the School Catalog & Enrollment Forms.

American Maritime Heritage

Spring Quarter April 7 – June 18, 2014
Bob Miller's Drascombe Longboat "Sally Forth"During the 2013-2014 school year we will once again offer American Maritime Heritage as an evening 5-credit applied general education course during Spring Quarter. Our 12-month students may attend this optional course to satisfy the general education requirements for their associates degree.  We thank Bob Miller, boat school alum, for volunteering to teach this course free for Boat School students. You can contact him at bob@nwboatschool.org if you have questions about this course. Transfer credits from other colleges may also be applied to the applied general education requirement, as well as classes at our local Peninsula College. See page 27 in the School Catalog for details.

Core Subjects at a Glance

Fall Quarter: Basic Skills for Boatbuilders
(All students take these introductory classes for the first quarter)
  • Classic Woodworking 110, 112 clock hours; 7 quarter-credits
  • Drafting 120, 64 clock hours; 4 quarter-credits
  • Lofting 125, 94 clock hours; 6 quarter-credits
  • Skiff Construction 130, 105 clock hours; 6 quarter-credits
Spring & Winter Quarters
(For both 9-month diploma and 12-month degree programs)
  • Large Craft, Part I-140 and Part II-240, 375 clock hours; 21 quarter-credits
  • Small Craft, Part I-150 and Part II-250, 375 clock hours; 21 quarter-credits
  • Contemporary, Part I-160 & Part II-260, 375 clock hours; 21 quarter-credits
Summer Quarter
(To complete the 12-month programs and AOS degree)
  • Repair and Restoration 270, 375 clock hours; 21 quarter-credits
  • Yacht Interiors 280, 375 clock hours; 21 quarter-credits

Workshops

female-boatbuilderOur noncredit workshops include evening workshops varying in length from one day to several weeks or months. Students must pay additional fees to attend these workshops. The classes are led by local experts in related maritime trades and are prioritized to meet the interests and needs of students at the Boat School. The workshops are not required, but they are designed to enhance the full-time wooden boat building programs. Topics include boat design, diesel engines, welding, carving, sail making, rigging, painting & varnishing, lofting and marine electrical certification.

In the summers we offer a few workshops designed to engage the public and  students at the School are welcome to attend if schedules permit.
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Graduation/Gainful Employment Data
Graduates of the Boat School have been highly successful in their graduation and employment activities. In fact, even though some of our students are exploring boat building exclusively as a hobby, our students’ graduation and employment statistics reported in the 2013 ACCSC Employment Report were:
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Traditional Small Craft Construction
Graduation: 85%; Employment: 88%
Traditional Large Craft Construction
Graduation: 93%; Employment: 91%
Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding
Graduation: 71%; Employment: 89%

If you would like to review details of the student graduation and employment percentages over the last 8 years, click on the link below:
Graduates’ Employment Data – 8 years (PDF)

Policies and procedures
In addition to Frequently Asked Questions the Policies and Procedures section includes specific details for admission, cancellations, refunds, training standards and more.

There is a separate Welding Degree Program through Peninsula College located on our campus!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAPeninsula College’s one-year, competency-based certificate program provides training for entry-level welding jobs and gives you the knowledge necessary for advancement in the metals industry. (Click on image at right to open larger format.)

This partnership benefits the Boat School partly because the welding program is scheduled full-time Monday-Thursday, leaving the welding shop equipment available for Boat School use on Fridays.

Peninsula College also offers a two-year AAS welding degree. The curriculum emphasizes workplace safety, welding terminology, welding, cutting techniques, basic blueprint reading, metallurgical properties, and joint design. Instruction centers on classroom study and preparation for AWS certification. You can reach Instructor Lisa Walsh at walsh.lisa.lisa@gmail.com.  Click here for more information.
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The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
is accredited by the ACCSC

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.

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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.