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Small Boats in the Big City

  • The Center for Wooden Boats 1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

Sail, paddle or row along with regional pocket yacht enthusiasts to an overnight rendezvous at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. All boats welcome, not limited to wooden boats. 


To reserve your space at the rendezvous RSVP to Lee Bjorklund, CWB Board member at For questions or additional information email or call Bjorklund at +1206-523-4518.

Don’t have a boat yet? CWB’s expansive livery boat fleet is always available for experienced skippers. Please join the pocket yachters on the CWB docks during the August 3-4 weekend. To see more about what sail, human, electric and low-powered “pocket yachting” is all about check out these links: Port Townsend Pocket Yachters; or Traditional Small Craft Association as well as Western Oregon Messabouts at


Saturday 8/3

  • 10am: Meet at Shilshole. Transit the Locks with experienced boaters.

  • All day: Join or see the pocket yacht boat show on CWB’s docks.

  • 12pm: Tour CWB’s new Wagner Education Center & Boatshop.

  • 2pm: Lake tours aboard Dora, the 1895-replica electric boat. Experience sailing on the runway of an international airport!

  • 4pm: Learn about the 128 sunken vessels on the bottom of Lake Union.

  • 6pm: Potluck BBQ.

  • Overnight: Group on the CWB docks.

Sunday 8/4

  • All day: Join or see the pocket yacht boat show on CWB docks.

  • Boats depart mid afternoon.


See what’s behind the recent growth of small craft adventuring (R2AK, 70/48 Race, Salish 100, Pocket Yacht Palooza & Crooza in Port Townsend, etc.) Learn the tips and techniques for route planning, navigation, cooking, overnighting, anchoring, etc. 

Boats from the East side of the sound and the Seattle area will met up at Shilshole Public Boat Launch on August 3rd joining West side boaters crossing from Kingston before meeting up to transit the locks as a group. Others may want to launch on Lake Union or Lake Washington and join the “fleet” overnight at CWB. This rendezvous is FREE except where launch fees may apply.