Boatshop Classes & Workshops

Delve into the maritime world through craftsmanship, creativity, and education. From one-day skill-building classes to week-long boat builds, our Boatshop offers a wide variety of workshops for all abilities!

2024 Boatshop Workshops

Northwest Maritime Boatshop Workshops are designed for adults, with youth registration alongside a parent/guardian possible for some classes. To inquire about a youth registration, please call us at 360-385-3628 x1.

All classes have a minimum number of participants. In the rare case that we will need to cancel, we let you know at least 2 weeks before the class start date. Prior to class, you will receive an email from our registrar with specific details pertaining to your class.


NWMC is proud to offer scholarships to those facing financial barriers, youth service organizations, schools, and underserved youth, so everyone can have the opportunity to learn with us, regardless of financial circumstances. Please note that Boatshop classes have a limited number of full scholarship spots per class. To be considered for a scholarship, or to sponsor a participant, please contact our Boatshop Manager, Joel Arrington or 360.385.3628 x123.

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Boatshop Space Rentals

Looking to rent space in the shop for your next boatbuilding project?

Meet the Instructors

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Joel Arrington

Joel Arrington is just a southerner lost wandering through the west looking for water. Joel, originally from southwest Georgia started his westward migration with a ten-year career as a fly-fishing guide and carpenter in Colorado. There, he developed his passion for being on the water and crafting with his hands but after a few too many subzero winter days he was ready for a new adventure and landed in Port Hadlock, WA. where he attended to Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. This allowed him to channel his passion for water and love of woodworking into a career building boats. As Boatshop Manager, Joel is ready and eager to help others delve into the wonderful world of boats and boatbuilding

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Sam Trocano

Sam has been working with wood for almost his whole life. Growing up he managed his family’s tree and timber farm. After leaving the military he went into construction and fine homebuilding. Wanting more refined skills he pursued a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design, but changed course for the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Upon graduation, he worked as a shipwright while living aboard and cruising his 32′ Cutter. He is now the Fleet Maintenance Coordinator at Northwest Maritime and is responsible for the upkeep of over 50 boats.

Class Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing (email to

  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the first day of the program will be refunded the program cost less an administrative fee of $25 per program.
  • Cancellations 7 days to 29 days prior to the first day of the program will be refunded 70% of the program cost.
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the first day of the program will not be refunded.
  • Please ask about options to reschedule.
  • If Northwest Maritime cancels a program, 100% of fees will be refunded or a reschedule option may be arranged.