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The Center for Wooden Boats was created with the intention of creating community and sharing knowledge about wooden boats over 40 years ago. Down at the Boathouse is a podcast inspired by the stories that have been exchanged on our docks over the years. It is a community lead discussion covering all things wooden boat related featuring history and modern topics related to maritime. In the midst of a pandemic, our hope is that we can continue to exchange knowledge and discussions on a digital platform shared all over the world!

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January 2022 Third friday speaker:

dustin espey

CWB's Lead Boatwright, Dustin Espey, holds a 'State of the Boatshop'. He recaps our 2021 work and progress, and looks ahead into 2022 to see what we plan to get up to next in our Wagner Education Center boatshop, Floating Boatshop, and more.

This talk was held on January 18th, 2022, at our Wagner Education Center Boatshop and on Zoom. Head here to keep track of upcoming Third Friday Speakers, and RSVP to attend a future event!



CAMA Beach: Step Back in Time

Less than 90 minutes north of Seattle, is The Center for Wooden Boat's secondary location, a hidden oasis at Cama Beach State Park. Hear first hand from the family members (Gary and Sandra Worthington) who donated the former 1930's family fishing resort property and the 18 year process of turning it into a state park. Additional guest speaker, Jeff Wheeler from Washington State Parks shares the importance of how CWB has created a unique experience as an enduring partner and continuing to honor the native cultural history.

This episode was recorded aboard Seawitch, the first motorized life boat/rescue vessel in San Francisco in 1906. Want to know how you can live aboard Seawitch? Check out the Boatwright Apprentice Program!



CWB: A Living Museum, Part 1

Part one of a two part episode that dives deep into the beginnings of how The Center for Wooden Boats was formed. Hear first hand from founding members Marty Loken and David Cox on what it was like working with founders Dick and Colleen Wagner, and how a City of Seattle employee went from reviewing the first permit applications for CWB to becoming a current Board of Trustees member (Elsie Hulsizer).

This episode was recorded aboard Nonchalant, a 1927 motor yacht. Make this your next home by purchasing it in our Boats for Sale!



Small boats - big adventure

Rowing is one of the most accessible ways to get on the water and you can get on one for free at The Center for Wooden Boats! Learn about the history of rowboats in the Pacific Northwest as told through late CWB Founder, Dick Wagner. This episode cumulates to the unique story of Pacific Northwest born, Nate Rooks, as he recounts his rowing journey from being a Stanford rowing coach to building his own boat, to taking on Race to Alaska.

This episode was recorded aboard J.D. Crow, an Ingrid 38 built in British Columbia by a fisherman of shore-scavenged fir and yellow and red cedar. Pilothouse and tall rig designed by Tad Roberts.



Welcome to the boathouse

In one of the fastest growing cities in the US, a small floating oasis sits on the shores of Lake Union, underneath the shadows of tech mecca of downtown Seattle, WA. What is The Center for Wooden Boats? CWB staff members Sandy Lam and Josh Anderson share a brief introduction to this unique and historical organization and how it came to be. Special guests Mike and David Wagner share memories of life on the docks, and clips from archived interviews with late-founder, Dick Wagner, describing the early days of The Old Boathouse.


This episode was recorded from the desk of late-founder Dick Wagner, our founder, navigator and true north. Inspiring us from beyond his time here on this earth. We are forever grateful for everything he and his wife Colleen contributed to CWB.

Down at the Boathouse wouldn’t be where it is without

the dedication of CWB Volunteer Producers, Jig Wiley and Allie Cheroutes!


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