Girls’ Boat Project

For girls age 11–14 (6th–8th grade)

In the Girls’ Boat Project, middle school girls gain skills and have fun in the maritime trades, both on and off the water. They learn woodworking and boat-building techniques while taking advantage of nice weather days to sail and row on the water. The program is led by female role models from the Northwest Maritime Center staff who are skilled in boat building, woodworking, and sailing. 

Questions? Contact Chrissy McLean at or 360.385.3628 x113.

Women and Girls’ programs at Northwest Maritime Center welcome those who identify as women and girls regardless of assignment at birth. These programs also welcome people who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming and want to be in a female-centered environment.

See what the Girls’ Boat Project has been up to lately!

Girls’ Boat Project: Launching Sea Star

Over the past few weeks, we have been working hard to wrap up all our projects. First, it was all hands on deck to assemble and glue up tool trays. The girls finished their tool tray projects off with a coat of Skidmore’s beeswax and rope handles for carrying.

Girls’ Boat Project: Shop Skills, Sun, and Skiffs

Happy Spring! As the days get longer and warmer, the girls have been expanding on their shop skills and spending time out in the sun too. We are all looking forward to spending a few days out on the water in a variety of crafts this season. We’re getting closer to launching our own skiff!…

Girls’ Boat Project: Hands-On Learning & Heartfelt Fun

Over the past 6 weeks, the girls have been getting to know each other, our boat, and many of the tools in the shop. We began with the foundations of shop safety, group intentions, and agreements. Our collective agreements include learning, supporting each other, and having fun! Last year’s crew made a lot of progress…

Girls’ Boat Project 2024

For girls age 11–14 (6th–8th grade) Registration for our spring sessions is now open! Girls’ Boat Project meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 PM from April 10 through May 8, 2024. In the Girls’ Boat Project, middle school students gain skills and have fun in the maritime trades. They learn woodworking and boat building…

Girls’ Boat Project: Transom Building & Tool Practice!

By Taylor Austin, Girls’ Boat Project Instructor Over the past few weeks in the shop, the group has been focused on skill-building and practicing with various tools as we continue building tool trays and parts of what will be our boat! Big news is we have a transom! Made out of Sapele wood, the process…

Girls’ Boat Project: Boatshop Basics & Bandsaw Practice!

By Taylor Austin, Girls’ Boat Project Instructor Since our last update about the Girls’ Boat Project return, we have been getting underway familiarizing ourselves with the tools in the shop, the plans for the boat we are going to build, and getting to know each other! Now on our third week, we have eight girls…

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