The 27’ TOP HAT launched today after two years acting as a great teaching model for the Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding program. Under the careful eye of instructor Bruce Blatchley, students learned an array of skills with marine plywood, strip planking, fiberglassing, and foam core construction with a custom cabin. Tipping its ‘hat’ to the heritage of the vee bottom boats designed by William Hand in the 1900s, the essential virtues remain — seaworthy, good speeds, and good looks.
Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a non-profit vocational school that has been providing hands-on education since 1981. The school is accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career School and Colleges (ACCSC) and is designated a Veteran Supportive Campus by the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs. Our mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills while developing the individual as a craftsman.
Each year, national and international students come to Port Hadlock, Washington to learn problem-solving skills through the school's 12-month AOS degree programs in Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding and the 6-month diploma program in Marine Systems.
To learn more about the school, visit www.nwswb.edu