Pilothouse Simulator Tours

Take a tour of our state-of-the-art maritime simulator!

The Pilothouse simulator is open to the public on Saturdays through Labor Day weekend from 12-4. Our volunteers will give you a chance to stand at the bridge of a commercial ship or steer a vessel using radar. Fee is by donation only.

The Pilothouse simulator is our state-of-the-art maritime simulator built after receiving a grant for the installation. In the event of a federal emergency, the Pilothouse could serve as the command center for FEMA and the USCG. Over the years, the simulator has been a location for Commercial Pilots to train to safely steer a commercial ship safely into Puget Sound ports. The Pilothouse also serves as a place for commercial mariners to receive USCG approved training for Radar and Electronic charting, as well as a place for the Northwest Maritime Center to teach Recreational boaters the basics of radar and night navigation.

Summer Tours

Hours: Saturdays, 12-4 PM through Labor Day weekend. Fee is by donation only.

The Pilothouse simulator is located at 431 Water Street on the top floor of the red building. To access it, walk up the exterior stairs between the red and yellow buildings. Turn left and enter the double doors of the red building. Walk to the end of the hallway where you will find a stairwell on your left. Walk up the stairs to the top floor.