A Brief Tour of our Facility
FIRST FEDERAL COMMONS
This public outdoor space in the heart of Port Townsend's downtown waterfront is a focal point year-round for community gatherings and maritime activities, from small-boat launchings and landings to seamanship demonstrations, educational programs and music performances. More than 1400 pavers, laid in the shape of a compass rose, are engraved with the names of community members whose support and financial contributions made this project possible.
WOODEN BOAT CHANDLERY
The well-stocked chandlery and gift shop features top quality traditional marine hardware and supplies, fine hand tools, and an extensive collection of maritime books and artwork. Many items are created by local artisans and are beautiful as well as practical. The chandlery is the west coast's foremost resource for "all things wooden boat." Current Chandlery hours are 10am - 5pm daily. [More info]
VELOCITY COFFEE BAR
Joe, Caroline, and Baby Agnes own & run this lively coffee bar inside the Wooden Boat Chandlery. Possibly the most knowledgeable barristas in town, they bring an artistic flair and quality to their coffees. They also carry Bob's bagels! Open Monday - Saturday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm.
MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS SHOP
Sailmaking, leather and rope work, hand-tooled craft and family boatbuilding are a feast for the creative soul. Observe and converse with working craftspeople or grab a piece of sandpaper and pitch in on a community project. Students are engaged in diverse tasks, lectures, and exercises, including restoration of the Northwest Maritime Center's legacy boats. All of this can be observed from the mezzanine walkway. [More info]
HELEN KEELEY BOATHOUSE
The large boathouse doors open to reveal the sleek hulls of dozens of rowing shells, day-sailers, and sea kayaks. Launch your kayak or sailing dinghy from the beach next to the Boathouse, or drop your shell into the water from a floating dock in the more protected waters of Point Hudson Marina. A public restroom with showers for those who have boats in storage is across the breezeway.
CONFERENCE FACILITY with catering kitchen
Up to 185 people can enjoy the spectacular view while participating in the variety of programs and classes that will be offered. The meeting room features an outside deck, reception-sized lobby, window screens, large retractable doors that can divide the room in half, state-of-the-art multimedia presentation equipment, and full service catering kitchen. [More info]
H. W. MCCURDY LIBRARY
The H.W. McCurdy Library houses a large collection of maritime books, charts, boat plans and magazines. The library shares an online catalog with the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Libraries and is open to the public. Anyone with a Port Townsend or Jefferson County Library card may check out books. The library also has an internet-connected public computer and WIFI access. Library hours are Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5PM. Librarian Carol Baker is on hand on Mondays, otherwise, the NWMC staff can assist you.
A representation of a modern vessel's bridge contains the latest navigation, communication and vessel control equipment. The commanding view of Admiralty Inlet, and the sights, sounds and state-of-the-art technology, transport students and visitors to the world of current maritime commerce.
On the second level, above the Bosun's Locker, well-lit, tech-equipped rooms with high ceilings provide flexible space for small breakouts from the conference area, or for classes that serve ongoing programs.