ACBS members are proud supporters of six boat building schools throughout the U.S., with our sixth and newest being the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port-Hadlock, Washington. 

NWSWB classroom. (Photo Credit: Jeremy J Johnson)

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding ( is a post-secondary trade school that teaches craftsmanship through boatbuilding and marine systems at its 8-acre waterfront campus in Port-Hadlock, Washington. Incorporated as a non-profit corporation 43 years ago, the school has taught over 1,800 graduates the skills required to work as boat builders and marine technicians.

The school fulfills three overarching goals as defined in its Strategic Plan:

(1) Providing quality education and job readiness

(2) Preserving and teaching craftsmanship

(3) Bringing vitality to our local community.

Carolyn fairing planks to stem on the Abaco. (Photo credit: Jeremy J Johnson)

NWSWB works closely with the maritime industry to ensure that skills taught are relevant to current needs. The school’s post-secondary degree and diploma programs are approved by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Board, accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, approved by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title [V post-secondary institution and by the Veterans Administration. Mentored by world-class instructors teaching in an apprentice model, students build the skills and confidence that comes from practicing a trade.

(Photo Credit: Jeremy J Johnson)

 You can view a video of what’s happening in the shops at Shop Talk – Northwest School of Wooden BoatBuilding (, sign up for our monthly electronic newsletter Sign up for E-News – Northwest School of Wooden BoatBuilding (, or read the school’s annual magazine Hull Raiser Magazine – Northwest School of Wooden BoatBuilding ( .   You can also follow us at and

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