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{{Advert|date=February 2009}} [[Image:Seattle - Center for Wooden Boats 06.jpg|thumb|right|350px|CWB's "lagoon", with a Beetle Cat in the foreground and several wooden [[rowboat]]s in the background.]] '''The Center for Wooden [[Boat]]s''' is a museum dedicated to preserving and documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. Unlike most other museums, at CWB the public is invited to touch the exhibits and explore maritime history first hand by rowing, paddling or sailing the diverse collection of classic boats. Visitors also participate by attending events such as the annual 4th of July Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, regattas, boat shows, by taking a free Sunday afternoon sail, attending maritime skills workshops, volunteering, or simply by walking the docks. Admission is always free. CWB has two locations; South Lake Union in downtown Seattle, and at Cama Beach State Park, 65-miles North of Seattle on Camano Island. == Overview == The Center for Wooden Boats was founded by architect Dick Wagner. Dick, and his wife Colleen, first began a traditional boat rental out of their own [[houseboat]] in 1968. By 1976 the idea of a small craft museum was born and 1977 saw the first [[Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival]]. In 1981 the Center was formally established at Waterway #4 on South Lake Union in [[Seattle]], [[Washington (U.S. state)|Washington]], USA, and building began. Boat livery (rentals) began in 1983, with the SailNOW! Sailing instruction program beginning in 1989. CWB has had IRS [[non-profit]] 501(c)(3) status since 1978. In 2006, the Center’s operating revenue was $1 million. A 17 member elected board governs the Center, while operations are overseen by the Executive Director. Founding Director Dick Wagner remains active in decision making processes and sits on the board. CWB has around a dozen paid staff, a few Americorps volunteers, half a dozen full or half-time volunteer positions and several interns. The second campus opened in June 2008 at [[Cama Beach State Park]], 90 minutes north of Seattle, WA. Cama Beach offers visitors a chance to step back in time to a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows. The Center for Wooden Boats is a tenant of Cama Beach State Park and operates year-round programs, events, and boat rentals. == Mission == To provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. == Programs == [[Image:Saaduuts 02A.jpg|thumb|[[Haida people|Haida]] carver Saaduuts at the Center for Wooden Boats, 2007.]] The Center’s many programs are made possible by a vast cadre of [[volunteer]]s– more than 1000 people – who teach sailing, work in the boatshop, help with special events, run the livery (boat rentals), man the front desk, and provide docent interpretation to the public. CWB has continued to grow in its programs for the public and now annually has 1800 [http://www.cwb.org/InspireKids.htm youth program] participants, 160 [http://www.cwb.org/LearnToSail.htm adult sailing] students and more than 200 people taking part in other [http://www.cwb.org/LearnASkill.htm workshops and classes]. The various educational programs are a major part of CWB’s goals to preserve small craft heritage through direct experience, to provide comprehensive info on historic small craft, and to be an integral part of the community. They rent [[sailboat]]s and [[rowboat]]s from their large collection, and provide free public rides on Sunday afternoons. The Center for Wooden Boats works with many different members of the local community, including various schools, provides [[internship]] opportunities to students from several schools and universities, has sailing programs for the disabled, people battling [[AIDS]], and disadvantaged youth, and works with numerous other local maritime heritage organizations. == Collection == The CWB collection includes over 100 vessels, mostly small [[sailboat]]s and [[rowboat]]s. The boats are divided into a number of sections. The livery fleet includes day sailers, rowboats, and one [[pedal boat]].{{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} The {{convert|20|ft|m|sing=on}} [[Blanchard Junior Knockabout]] is the mainstay of the CWB's rental fleet. They have five or six{{Which?|date=October 2009}}, which are used for teaching and rentals. The [[El Toro (dinghy)|El Toro]] fleet is used mainly for youth programs.{{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} The non-floating collection is composed of historical craft, many of which are less seaworthy. Some are on display in the main Boathouse, while others are currently in storage. The CWB also owns or has stewardship of a number of larger sailboats. Two [[steam launches]] are used for public rides.{{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} == See also == * [[Lake Union Park]] * [[Lake Union]] * [[List of maritime museums in the United States]] * [[Myrtle Edwards Park]] (Other end of Broad Street) == External links == {{Commons category|Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, Washington}} * http://www.cwb.org/ * [http://www.maritimeheritage.net Maritime Heritage Network], an online directory of maritime heritage attractions and organizations in the [[Pacific Northwest]]. * [http://www.lawrencewcheek.com/ Lawrence Cheek: Seattle writer and boat builder] {{coord missing|Washington}}