CWB is getting ready for a busy summer with a little help from its friends
With help, both financial and in elbow grease, from a lot of friends and supporter The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is wrapping up a series of upgrades at its South Lake Union headquarters that should assure that visitors this summer find the docks safer, safety boats reliable, life vests and foul weather gear dry, and the boatshop warmer when that cold snap in June hits….and you know it will.
“With new boats added to our rental fleet of historic craft, with our new neighbor the Museum of History and Industry open, and with the road construction on Valley Street expected to be complete by mid-summer, this season is likely to be the busiest ever at CWB’s South Lake Union location,” said Betsy Davis, CWB Executive Director. “It’s hard to imagine how we could possibly have been ready for it without the support from the community.”
Among CWB projects completed or nearly complete:
- New lighting and electrical service have been installed on CWB’s docks and to the on shore Pavilion thanks to funding from The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and King County’s 4Culture, the agency that promotes heritage preservation and public art county-wide.
- 4Culture funding has also allowed installation of additional fenders along the CWB docks that protect the museum’s historic sailboats as patrons are coming back in from sailing on Lake Union.
- Safety of boats and people on the lake in Seattle has also been boosted by 4Culture’s funding for new engines on CWB safety Boats.
- Travis Industries of Mukilteo has helped insure that CWB’s boatwrights and woodworking students are warmer by helping provide one of its new Lopi Leydon woodstoves for the floating boatshop.
- Members of Associated General Contractors of Washington, whose office building looks down on CWB’s Lake Union site, are having a special impact at the museum’s by providing skilled carpenters, electricians, roofers, crane operators and other craftsmen for a series of projects, including:
- Lennon Crane is bringing in a mobile crane to lift docks in and out of water for repair.
- Cal Portland is providing a dump truck to remove debris.
- NCM Group is bringing in a dumpster for construction debris.
- KBA Construction Management Company is coordinating many of the services.
- Garner Construction is providing the operator and riggers for the crane
- Snyder roofing has committed to fixing up the roofing on the CWB Floating boatshop and boathouse.
- McKinstry has provided the materials and labor to install stove pipe for wood stove in boat shop.
- Gray Lumber provided the materials and the manpower for construction and repair of wood storage cabinets for life jackets, foul weather gear and other CWB supplies.
- Lease, Crutcher, Lewis has also provided teams for construction and repair of storage cabinets.
- OAC Services is designing a 20’ foot I-beam for the CWB boat shop so it is easier to lift boats out of the water and into the shop for repair
- Yakima Steel is providing the steel for the boat lift
- NECA, Holmes Electric and IBEW are working together to install 190 feet of 70 amp electrical conduit along CWB’s piers and on its floating docks.
When the value of the grants, donations and in-kind donations of good and services is added up the total value of all the improvement at The Center for Wooden Boats ads up to a total value of more than $120,000.
“The amazing generosity of our supporter and hundreds of volunteers who come down to clean and repair boats, repair the docks, stich new sails, teach sailing lessons, give free rides on our fleet of boats or just sit at the front desk with a welcome smile is what makes The Center for Wooden Boats what it is,” said Davis.
“It is that warm giving spirit that will continue to make Seattle such a vibrant city even as it grows, welcomes newcomers to the fold, and finds the time to value the maritime history where this all started.”