Heritage Boat Shop

The inclusion of an active heritage wooden boat shop has always been a part of the Seaport’s mandate. As stewards of the maritime history of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region, we pride ourselves on preserving the techniques of various regional boat builders. The Foss Waterway Seaport Heritage Boat Shop participates in celebrating Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage by representing the past, present and future of boat building. The Boat Shop works on:

  • Preserving the integrity of historic boats
  • Maintaining and building exhibits
  • Building of new project boats and miscellaneous crafts

Our goal is to create a working boat shop supported by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.  We provide opportunities for people of all skill levels to work on a broad scope of projects. The Boat Shop teaches volunteers how to use woodworking tools, work as a team to build small watercrafts, and create smaller artistic wood works.

We encourage participation from the community in our boat building programs and maritime heritage education. Maritime knowledge and skills are vital to the growth of our waterfront and future generations. Guests are invited to observe techniques of the multiple projects being currently performed. Guests and volunteers are always welcome to visit us, ask questions, and join our team! Help us look toward the future.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities CLICK HERE.


Under Construction

Although the museum has been closed to the public for over six months, crews have been hard at work behind the scenes enclosing and building a brand new working wooden boat shop, which is tentatively scheduled to reopen in January 2021.

Once completed, the new shop will have new days/hours of operation; opportunities to observe and admire a variety of boat building techniques; and a number of new programs, i.e. Saturday morning toy boat building classes (for children and their guardians), Boat Shop Heroes Program, etc. that will allow visitors of all ages to participate.

Everyone here at the Seaport shares the excitement and anticipation of the re-opening, and we thank you in advance for your patience and support during this time of change and transformation.

Please track our progress via time lapsed videography below, courtesy of Nat Seymour and Be Good Event Photography.