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Margaret Pommert
· December 29, 2017
Hidden gem! Not enough people know about this place. Walking distance from offices and hotels in South Lake Union. Water, boats (especially wooden boats) and boating is important part of the history,... heart, and soul of Seattle. CWB is a non-profit, admission is free, and lots of boats to look at and climb on. They also offer inexpensive classes and boat rentals so you can get out on Lake Union. Free boat rides on Sundays. If you don't know about it, you should really check it out! See More
Bailey Zidar
· September 25, 2017
Such a beautiful and wonderful experience. Got to go out on the Plover. Greatly designed sailboat and wonderful staff interaction all around. We found it by googling things to do in Seattle, and we'r...e able to get in on the Public Sail. Would 100% recommend this for anyone local or here from out of town. See More
Kelley Denman
· February 16, 2018
I love this center. It’s right on the water in the heart of Seattle. Full of history and knowledge just walking around the docks and seeing all the boats is fun. If you’re in Seattle stop in, a must see.
Alison Marik Zeno
· October 2, 2017
Such a fantastic experience. We did the free public sail on Sunday and were just blown away by the experience. The captain and crew were knowledgeable, friendly, and told us great stories. The center ...itself was a treat. So many great details in this open air living history center! See More
Nori Ostria
· August 7, 2017
This is the first time we visited here, we have family friends visiting from Vancouver Canada. We try to get slot to the free sail every sunday and we're not sure what to expect if we can sail, people... are all over Seattle because of the Seafair. But to our surprise we've just waited for few minutes and we're sailing. Staffs are very friendly and accomodating. Superb service for free! C'mon who can beat that! Donation are very much welcome! Our guest and our kids really enjoyed our visit. We'll be back for sure! See More
Bob Gonzo
· June 12, 2017
I haven't been here in years, but remembered about the free boat rides every Sunday & decided to check it out.

I was so worth it! My advice, get there at least by 9, as the line builds fast!...

I went out on the Lavengro with an amazing Crew who got volunteers from the group to raise & lower the sails, and even let the kids steer the boat!

I was all smiles for an hour & can't wait to do this again!
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Joe Maricich
· June 24, 2017
Went sailing for the first time this summer. None of the BJKs were available so I got set up with the Mercury which is a nice keelboat with less rigging than the Lightnings, only having to duck under... the boom each time we tacked was a bit of a problem for us old guys.

Great sail up the lake to Ivar's and back on a beautiful sunny breezy afternoon.
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Jami Greenfield
· July 24, 2017
This was a really cool experience! Went on the Virginia V and it was absolutely stunning. Every volunteer was smiling and genuinely happy to give their services free all day. I was so appreciative and... will definitely be returning!!! See More
Elizabeth McLaughlin
· April 11, 2017
My husband and I got married there this past Saturday and couldn't be happier with CWB. They were there working with us every step of the way and were incredibly accommodating. Being from the sailing I've heard a lot of stories about Dick Wagner and was honored to meet Judie and the rest of the CWB staff. I hope to come work with/for you guys someday. Thank you again for making our wedding day absolutely perfect.

-Liz and Kevin
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Natalie Henry Bennon
· May 29, 2017
Love this place!!! It's so fun. My kids had a blast. The volunteers are AMAZING. The model boats to sail are surprisingly super, super fun. I will definitely go back. The waiting in line was totally w...orth it (though I've heard if you become a member, you can reserve a spot and not wait in line! =) See More
Katt Aguilo
· September 9, 2017
We had a blast. Our homeschool group got to visit and participate in hands-on learning. Even the littles were focused and engaged.
Thank you
Andrew Farley Sr.
· April 1, 2017
If I didn't have a airplane ticket back to Tucson I would've bought one of those wooden boats in there and just rowed the damn thing all the way back, I just have a lot of interest in the way things built and how they were built like the hands on training thing about the wooden planks on that big lighthouse ship, but I just might go up there and give me a wooden boat next time I'm up there. See More
Ryan Kaufman
· June 26, 2016
We were in Seattle for the weekend and found out about the center for wooden boats. We found a flyer for free sailing tours at our hostel and thought why not. We showed up late in the morning and foun...d all the lists full. The volunteers were super friendly and did everything they could to get us on a boat. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite amusing. If we ever find ourselves in Seattle again we will definitively return. See More
Kalisto Zenda Nanen
· March 31, 2017
An amazing community of helpful individuals and people invested in the maritime history of Seattle. The volunteers and staff at Center for Wooden Boats are just like a ship with a worthy crew and am h...appy to work in a place where we can learn new things each day and treat one another like friends and family. See More
Arjun Vijayakumar
· May 15, 2017
They are quite nice people for the requests for all the services they offer. Very friendly bunch of people and they offer free breads/coffee and also come rescue you when you are opposed by too much w...aves and wind that prohibits effective rowing back to the dock :) See More
Lynn Medley
· October 22, 2017
Really enjoyed our adventure today on the Admirable with Skipper Chip and First Mate Sally!!!
Steve Liebig
· October 2, 2016
In an interview, the Center's founder Dick Wagner, said he always evisioned a place "where people could become smarter, more happy and more proud of their accomplishments". He--and the dedicated staff--have hit where he was aiming. We took a look, took a class and got involved. Our time with CWB is now a focal point in our lives, and we are very happy about it! See More
FridayHarbor HouseofJerky
· July 27, 2017
This is THE place to see the largest array of wooden boats in WA, or the Pacific Northwest!! South Lake Union is a great place to love wooden boats!
Susan Komori
· October 16, 2017
Love the people, the boats and all the boat-centric activities!
Tejas Sura
· July 23, 2017
Excellent place for a informal gathering. Wonderful environment bang overlooking the water.
With a toot on whistle from the 106 year old steam launch Puffin, the 36th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is underway in Seattle. The Center for Wooden Boats wants to start by thanking all the volunteers who are covering more than 900 volunteer shifts over the next five days. We couldn’t welcome all these boats and the 35-thousand visitors expected through the 4th of July without your help.
So, it's October, right? Where's the rain? Not that we're complaining mind you. Seattle's Lake Union is very pretty today from the docks here at The Center for Wooden Boats. If you haven't been by recently, you should think about it. And try the new food cart in the Park. It's pretty good.
I probably don’t have to keep reminding you all how cool Seattle’s South Lake Union is becoming. But if you needed any more proof, here’s the impromptu Salsa dance party the broke out last night when two classic Chris Craft backed up to each other on the North Wharf at Lake Union Park during the middle of Duck Dodge and started playing some tunes. Just one more reason to come spend some of your days, or evenings, here at The Center for Wooden Boats.

Auction is coming March 31st & registration is now open! Join members of the CWB community for our largest fundraiser of the year. There will be boat rides up for auction, beer & so much more! More details at 🎉 #cwbsupport #cwb #woodenboats #learntosail #auction #seattle #preservation

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We were able to get Admirable’s rudder hardware fixed today! The bottom of the rudder post had worn down to the point that the rudder fell off. We lifted the stern onto the back deck of the boatshop. Then, one of our incredibly talented volunteers, Colin welded the thickness back on to the post. Now we’re back in business for public sail! Many thanks to everyone that helped.