2024 Class Registration is Open!

photo by Ashlyn Brown

The Classic Mariners’ Regatta is beautiful classic boats, high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere. Since 1984 the Classic Mariners’ Regatta has animated Port Townsend Bay with the Wooden Boat Foundation spirit that is quintessentially Port Townsend. With hand-sewn award pennants and a courtyard dinner, this is a regatta weekend not to miss.


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 Class Schedule at a Glance

To read full class descriptions, click on class names or keep scrolling.

Weekend Workshops

Spend your weekend in the Boatshop learning new skills or polishing up existing ones.

Mar 23 Demystifying Marine Finish
May 4 Outboards: Maintenance, Care, and Troubleshooting
Aug 15-19 Wooden Boat Tools and Joinery
Sept 28- Oct 1 Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More
Dec 7-8 Deck The Hulls With Boatshop Offcuts

Boatshop Build Workshops

Craft vessels of your choosing while receiving professional guidance from our Boatshop crew.

Mar 4-29 Duckworks Boatshop Takeover
Apr 15-19, 22-26 Duckworks Scout 14 Founders Build
Aug 27-Sept 1 Family Boatbuilding: The Portage Pram
Sept 15-Sept 21 Build Your Own Calico Skiff
Sept 30-Oct 25 Chesapeake Light Craft Takeover
Create Your Own Schedule Boatshop With Benefits

Saturday Summer Series

Join us in the Boatshop this summer where we will be offering skill-building classes every Saturday from late June to early August. This six-week series will range in content, offering students the opportunity to get their feet wet in a number of different areas.

Jun 29 Ye Olde Shipwright's Tools
Jul 6 Sharpening
Jul 13 Stationary Power Tools 101
Jul 20 Steam Bending
Jul 27 Boat Lettering
Aug 3 Leatherwork


These classes 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.

Class Descriptions

Classes are listed here in alphabetical order. See above for the 2024 schedule at a glance.
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Boat Lettering

Saturday Summer Series
July 27, 2024 last day to register is July 26
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Whether traditionally carved or painted, lettering your boat is a great way to add character and show off the passion you have for your vessel. This intensive will walk through the process of traditionally carved and painted sign boards through demonstrations as well as hands-on practice.

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Boatshop with Benefits

You create your schedule! Last day to register is two weeks before start date
Per week: $404 member, $449 non-member 

Design your own workshop! We offer a space with a workbench that you can use and have access to from 8 AM–8 PM for seven consecutive days. As a participant, you are not limited to just one week but are welcome to rent the space for as many weeks as you need as long as space is available. With the rental of the space, you will also receive one-on-one instruction from the Boatshop Manager, Joel Arrington, between the hours of 9 AM-5 PM. We team up with outside businesses such as Chesapeake Light Craft and Duckworks to help you with project direction and supplies, including boat kits and rigging.

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Chesapeake Light Craft Takeover

Boatshop Build Workshops
Sept 30-October 25, 2024 last day to register is Sept 1
8 AM – 5 PM | Per two-week block: $949 member, $999 non-member | Or per month: $1779 member, $1849 non-member

The Northwest Maritime Center is excited to partner with Chesapeake Light Craft to offer this unique workshop experience. Talented professional instructors will help you assemble your own kit from start to finish. Since 1994, CLC boatbuilding classes have launched more than a thousand boats and introduced countless people to the joys of boatbuilding.

This workshop will take over the Boatshop for 4 full weeks, giving more time than a normal class setting to have access to the space, tools, and instruction they need to complete their project. Students have the option to sign up for one of two 2-week blocks, or for the entire 4 weeks. This workshop environment allows students to choose a project from Chesapeake Light Craft’s vast catalog of offerings and have the space and professional help to build it. Cost covers tuition only. Ask the Registrar about special shipping options before ordering your kit.

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Deck The Hulls With Boatshop Offcuts

Weekend Workshop
December 7 & 8, 2024 last day to register is November 24
10 AM – 4 PM | Tuition Cost: $225 member, $249 non-member

This is your chance to spend a weekend in the Boatshop learning the basics. We are offering this course as an opportunity for students to come into the Boatshop and start building foundational knowledge of all things shop—from safety to basic hand tools, power tools, joinery, gluing, clamping, and beyond. During the process, students will be able to complete multiple small projects of their choice including great holiday gifts such as cutting boards, toys, trinkets, apple boxes, hand tools, and more! This is a great opportunity to develop and refine your skills while working with instructors who are well-versed in woodworking.

A plethora of materials will be available for students to choose from for their projects. Students are welcome to utilize the available tool resources here in the shop or bring along their own, if desired.

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Demystifying Marine Finish

Weekend Workshop
March 23, 2024 last day to register is March 22
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Join the Boatshop crew as we dive into a couple of classy fleet boats to show you all the tricks of the trade when it comes to keeping your boat looking good and protected from the elements. Finish work can be intimidating for a boat owner because there is such a large spectrum of different types of paints, oils, additives, and varnishes used to protect your vessel. In this one-day intensive, we will cover preparation, implementation, clean-up, and proper safety precautions—breaking down each with hands-on demonstrations. Students will leave with a newfound confidence and a checklist full of everything they need to know about finish work.

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Duckworks Boatshop Takeover

Boatshop Build Workshops
March 4-29, 2024 last day to register is February 19
9 AM – 5 PM | Per week: $529 member, $579 non-member | Or per month: $1749 member, $1849 non-member

Duckworks, the fine folks that brought you the Scamp, Scout, and Portage Pram, are taking over the shop and opening up the space for you, the builder. This is an open platform workshop that allows you to choose what you want to build from Duckworks' catalog while receiving professional guidance from the Boatshop Manager, Joel Arrington.

Duckworks Boat Builders Supply is a small family business that has been helping boat builders (and others) with their needs for more than 20 years. Whether you're starting from scratch or simply need new hardware, line, or other gear for an existing boat—Duckworks can help. They have boat plans from over 36 designers (and counting), from the smallest dinghy to ocean-going vessels. They can also help you with epoxy, fiberglass, paint, marine hardware, rope, tools and countless other gear. This is an enthusiast-run company—they’re out there messing about in boats, just like you! As a result, they offer proprietary designs and products.

Book by the week or join in for the whole month! Students will have the opportunity to book the time they need to complete the project they choose. Interested in joining the fun but need more help deciding what to build? Give us a call and we will help nail down the perfect project for you. To order your kit, visit the Duckworks website, but be sure to contact our registrar for your exclusive NWMC takeover coupon code first!

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Duckworks Scout 14 Founders Build

Boatshop Build Workshops
April 15-19, April 22-26, 2024 last day to register is March 15
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $4499 member, $4649 non-member

Have you heard of the Super Scout? Probably not, as it is yet to be launched as the newest kit offering from our good friends at Duckworks. At 14', the boat sails like a dream, rows without effort, and—at 80 pounds—you are going to have a hard time coming up with an excuse not to build this dream of a vessel. The Scout is the brain-child of Port Townsend locals Brandon Davis of Turnpoint Design and Josh Colvin of Small Craft Advisor. This new design gives the builder a fast, efficient, and ultra-light vessel that the whole family can enjoy.

Using the stitch-and-glue build technique, the boat is built using marine-ply and closed-cell foam parts that are precision cut on a CNC machine. We have also added a foam core deck, gunnel, and transom that trims weight and adds durability. This is a turn-key build; the kit includes all the materials needed to complete the build, the daggerboard and rudder kits, all hardware to rig the boat, as well as mast and sail. Don’t miss this special opportunity to be the first to build and own this great vessel!

This class includes tuition, kit and shipping and takes place over 2 consecutive weeks, Monday to Friday each week. The last day to register for this class is March 15th, so that we have time to order and receive the kits.

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Family Boatbuilding: The Portage Pram

Boatshop Build Workshops
August 27 – September 1, 2024 last day to register is August 1
9 AM – 4 PM | Sailing version (includes tuition): $2799 member, $2899 non-member | Rowing-only version (includes tuition): $1799 member, $1899 non-member 

Whether it's built with the family or for the family, the Portage Pram is a fantastic craft that is fit for all ages. Originally purpose-built as a tender, this little dinghy makes a great platform to learn both the foundations of rowing and sailing in a sturdy ultra-lightweight platform.

The 35-pound, 6' 10" Portage Pram is a stable and comfortable tender that tracks beautifully while rowing. The special seat shape and multiple oarlock positions allow for a variety of seating and trim options. The CNC kit includes all of the wooden pieces you need, fit with tabs and pockets that make assembly and construction simple and virtually tool-less. It's a stitch-and-glue build, utilizing mostly zip ties and epoxy.

The Portage Pram is an excellent choice for a first-time builder and a great way to introduce kids to boatbuilding, rowing, and sailing. The class will include everything the builder needs to work through and complete all structural aspects of the build. We will also be offering a tutorial during the class that will show all the steps required for the builder to complete finish work once they get the boat home.

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Saturday Summer Series
August 3, 2024 last day to register is August 2
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Spend the day spiffing up your oars in this hands-on leather stitching class. Sewn-on oar leathers are a simple and elegant way to protect fine wooden oars from chafing in their oarlocks. Join instructor Katelyn Kean to learn various stitching techniques, materials, and a brief history of leather work within the maritime trades. Participants can wrap their own oars or practice stitching skills on a sample project. Each participant will leave with an example of their work and resources for continuing the craft at home!

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Outboards: Maintenance, Care, and Troubleshooting

Weekend Workshop
May 4, 2024 last day to register is May 1
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

We've all been there—stranded. Whether at the dock or halfway across the Strait, there is never a good time to experience outboard troubles. In this Saturday intensive, we will break down and demonstrate all the proper steps one can take to make sure that their outboard motor is in prime working order all season long. The class will be divided into four main topics: The Anatomy of an Outboard, Basic Start-Up and Operation, Troubleshooting, and Proper Winterization and Storage. Each topic will be covered with live hands-on demonstration, both in the shop and on the water. This is an opportunity to utilize years of experience to ensure you have the right tools and knowledge to make the most out of your time on the water.

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Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More

Weekend Workshop
September 28- October 1, 2024 last day to register is September 20
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $459 member, $499 non-member

A crash course in how to make a square piece of wood round. This four-day course will walk you through the process of laying out and shaping spars, paddles, and oars. Students will receive demonstrations in both traditional and more contemporary building techniques while utilizing a number of hand and power tools. Students will have the choice of building a set of oars, a pair of paddles, or a small solid spar to take home, and will also get to build their own set of spar gauges to continue mastering the craft at home. Students in the class will also learn birdsmouth construction of a small mast that will be utilized as part of the Northwest Maritime Center's fleet.

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Saturday Summer Series
July 6, 2024 last day to register is July 5
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Keeping edge tools sharp and well-honed always makes work easier and more enjoyable. In this class, students will learn the ins and outs of keeping edge tools ready for the next project. We'll cover techniques for chisels, gouges, planes, scrapers, and western saws. Students will learn the sharpening processes—both by hand as well as electrically assisted. Feel free to bring tools of your own to practice on. Everyone who attends the class will get a whetstone to take home and keep.

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Stationary Power Tools 101

Saturday Summer Series
July 13, 2024 last day to register is July 12
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

In this one-day workshop, we will cover the basics of operation for the tablesaw, jointer, planer, drill press, and bandsaw. These are all tools commonly found in a shop, and we will demonstrate the proper use and function for all. Besides operation, we will also cover the processes and procedures for proper care, tuning, and troubleshooting of each machine. Students will get to work hands-on with the machines and have all their questions answered. Bonus content: If you've ever wondered how a SawStop tablesaw mechanism works, here's your chance to find out as we intentionally trigger the SawStop mechanism as part of the workshop!

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Steam Bending

Saturday Summer Series
July 20, 2024 last day to register is July 19
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Steam bending is a fun, efficient process that has been utilized in the construction of boats for generations. In this workshop, we will break down the process so that it is easily repeatable for the student to implement at home. Gain a real-world lesson in biology and chemistry as we talk plant structure and how the steaming process helps the builder tie wood into a knot. We'll also demonstrate processes that utilize the steam maker, steam chamber, jigs, clamps, forms, and compression straps. At the end of the class, students will take home a new skill and hopefully a couple souvenirs.

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Wooden Boat Tools and Joinery

Weekend Workshop
August 15-19, 2024 last day to register is August 8
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $499 member, $549 non-member

This extended weekend open shop platform serves as an introduction to wooden boat joinery. Whether aesthetic, structural, or both—all the parts of a wooden boat fit together in a purposeful way. In this course, we aim to introduce the purpose and show the student how all the parts of a wooden boat fit together through traditional joinery. Students will develop skills using hand and power tools, through demonstrations and guided projects, and will receive an in-depth tutorial on tool care and shop safety. Students are encouraged to bring their tool kit with them, but they also are welcome to utilize all the tool resources the shop has to offer. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a beautiful mallet and bevel gauge to take home as well as a new set of skills to hone.

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Ye Olde Shipwright's Tools

Saturday Summer Series
June 29, 2024 last day to register is June 28
9 AM – 5 PM | Tuition Cost: $89 member, $99 non-member

Take a deep dive into the tool bag of a shipwright and see the variety of tools that have evolved over centuries of boatbuilding. This is a great opportunity to put your hands on tools, learn new skills, and get all your questions answered. We'll be talking corking, measuring, gauging, planing, patterning, and so much more. Starting out with a broad lecture style introduction, we'll then move into Q&A and finish with lots of hands-on opportunities!

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Boat Shop Space Rentals

Looking to rent space in the shop for your next boatbuilding project? Learn more about our space rentals.

About the Instructors

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 channelize his passion for water and love of woodworking into a career building boats. As boat shop manager, Joel is ready and eager to help others delve into the wonderful world of boats and boatbuilding

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 and is responsible for the upkeep of over 50 boats.

Stay tuned for the 2021 CMR plan!

Classic Mariners' Regatta Criteria

We have opened up the criteria of Classic Mariners to expand the racing fleet beyond wooden boats!

The Classic Mariners’ Regatta is now open to yachts that have been built to a design or in the spirit of sailing yachts prior to 1967. There will be an acceptance committee that will determine if your boat meets this criteria. They will also consider boats that were built in the “Spirit of Tradition.”

Registration & Race Entry: $60

Registration for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta includes:

  • Entry for all three Classic Mariners' Regatta sailboat races
  • Welcome Gathering and Skippers' Meeting
  • Five beverage tickets (Yes, they're good for beers, too.)
  • Entry to the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon

Please register in advance for the race; however if you're not arriving until late Friday night, please call 360.385.3628 x104 or email and you can register at the skippers meeting on Saturday.


If you would like to dock with the Classic Mariners group, which may mean rafting up, please call or email the Northwest Maritime Center office to add your name to the list for CMR raft-up. If you would like a more private dock, please call Point Hudson directly to reserve your own space. Either way, when you arrive at Point Hudson please proceed directly to the Point Hudson Marina office to pay for your moorage. Approximately 1.25 per foot.

Northwest Maritime Center Office: 360.385.3628,
Point Hudson Marina Office: 360.385.2828

A weekend of races!

This year the Classic Mariners' Regatta, SEVENTY48, and Race to Alaska are back to back in a weekend of epic fun and on-the-water adventure! So come on down to the Northwest Maritime Center and Pope Marine Park to watch and race in the regatta, cheer on SEVENTY48 racers as they arrive from Tacoma, take part in the R2AK madness on Sunday during the Ruckus, and see the R2AK teams set off on Monday.

Registration Coming Soon


2021 schedule coming soon

All weekend events taken place in the Regatta Headquarters, upstairs at the Northwest Maritime Center

Monday, May 31

Last chance to purchase tickets to Saturday's dinner

Friday, June 4

5:00 PM
Welcome Gathering
• Eat, drink, and meet the other racers

Saturday, June 5

9:30 AM
Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting
• coffee and light snacks provided

12:00 PM
First Classic Mariners' Regatta Race Start; Second race starts immediately following first

5:00 PM
Classic Mariners' Regatta Dinner:
• Menu TBD; $12
• Located at Regatta Headquarters

Deadline for purchasing dinner tickets is Monday, May 31

Sunday, June 6

10:00 AM
Rowing Race

12:00 PM
Final Classic Mariners' Regatta Race Start

4:00 PM
Classic Mariners' Regatta Awards Party
• Located at Regatta Headquarters