Northwest Maritime Center
Because the Sea is the Most Powerful Teacher We Know
The biggest on-the-water adventure you can have in your own backyard
New! Ask an Expert winter series
Virtual Navigation & Seamanship Classes
2021 schedule is live!
New! Boatshop workshops
Scout & Portage Pram workshops in 2021
Wooden Boat Festival
The second largest Wooden Boat Festival in the world takes place here every September. 300 boats on land and water, over 100 presentations, dozens of exhibitors, live music all day, every day, plus local food, beer, and wine. Join us!
Race to Alaska
What is Race to Alaska? It’s simple: Row, paddle or sail the 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan without the help of any engine. Get there first. Win $10,000. The Race to Alaska is the first and best event of its kind.
Based on the lawless self-reliance of the Race to Alaska, SEVENTY48 is 70 miles in 48 hours from Tacoma to Port Townsend. The rules are simple: no motors, no support, and no wind. That’s right, it’s human power only. Pedal, paddle, or row. It’s up to you.
Adult Maritime Classes
Our experienced instructors and windy bay combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s sailing and maritime programs some of the best in the region. Learn sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boatbuilding skills, all from our beautiful waterfront location.
48° North Magazine
48° North has always been the sailing magazine of the Pacific Northwest, and now, after becoming a part of the Northwest Maritime Center and joining forces with Three Sheets Northwest, our subject matter has grown to include all types of boating. 48° North offers both a free, printed publication, and access to digital content on their website, 48north.com.
Wedding & Event Rentals
Looking for a special place for a wedding, conference, meeting or event?
Located in historic downtown Port Townsend, our facilities include meeting and event spaces that can be configured to accommodate a wide range of groups–from small meetings to large celebrations. Learn more about Facility Rentals today!
Our members help make powerful maritime experiences possible.
When you join as a member, you become part of a special group of people who share a passionate commitment to maritime education and maritime heritage, as well as the sheer joy of being on, near or in the water.
Members get special benefits, including free admission to the Wooden Boat Festival.