Center for Wooden Boats

Center for Wooden Boats information

Seattle , USA
1010 Valley St
+1 206 382 2628
Getting there
Tram: Lake Union Park
More information
sailboat/rowboat rental per hr $30/25, beginner sailing course $375
Opening hours
12:30pm-dusk Sat & Sun & by appointment Oct-Apr, 12:30pm-dusk Tue-Sun May-Sep
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If you have an interest in the history and craft of wooden boats then you’ll definitely want to visit this place. A museum and enthusiast’s center, it features vintage and replica boats and offers sailing lessons, including an excellent beginner course that gives you as many lessons as it offers in a four-month period (usually eight to 12).

Seasoned sailors who are a little rusty can take a one-on-one lesson for around $50 per hour, and there are also classes on sail repair and boat building. You can rent sailboats and rowboats, but one person in your party has to know how to sail and must do a checkout ($10 fee) before you’ll be permitted to rent. It’s pretty straightforward: you need to demonstrate tacking, jibing and docking. The center also offers free boat rides every Sunday afternoon.