Our 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.

Our Vision

CWB has defined six reasons for being. By associating its vision with the impact of each, we more completely communicate the future we seek.


CWB envisions a future where lives are enriched with the knowledge of where we fit into the continuum of history and human experience.  We nourish this awareness by collecting, preserving and telling the story of Northwest wooden small craft and maritime culture.

CWB is helping to preserve and explore the history of maritime culture in Lake Union through an underwater archaeology project. Click here to hear more.


CWB envisions a future where every child has the confidence to pursue their full potential.  We inspire young people by providing challenging physical and mental experiences in wooden small craft.

CWB inspires young people by providing hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Click here to learn more. 

Lifelong Learning

CWB envisions a future where people of all ages use their hands and minds to connect to their culture and their physical world.  We promote participation by making maritime craft and skills education available as a lifelong experience.

Click here to learn about three generations of lifelong learners at CWB.


CWB envisions a future where people form connections that strengthen society. We encourage contact by providing an oasis and gathering place at the water’s edge.

Hear how CWB was a welcoming community for a recent Seattle transplant. 


CWB envisions a future without barriers to enjoying our waterways.  We make it easy by making boats on the water accessible to all.

CWB provides access to hands-on learning experiences through maritime activities. Hear more about how homeless and at-risk youth are impacted by this access.


CWB envisions a future where communities around the world are inspired by CWB as a model for community-based, hands-on maritime experience.  We foster this through community leadership and inclusiveness. At CWB, our values guide the spirit and manner in which we pursue our mission. By testing our actions against our values, we can assure those actions are in keeping with the strong character of CWB.

Learn more about CWB’s role as an inspiration for aspiring community-based museums.