The Heritage
Boat Shop

Celebrating Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage by representing the past, present, and future of boat building.


Welcome to the Heritage Boat Shop, a vibrant community space where craftsmanship, creativity, and education converge. Nestled in the heart of Tacoma's downtown working waterfront, our wooden boat shop welcomes enthusiasts of all skill levels to explore the art of woodworking.

We offer a wide variety of classes to the public, led by experienced artisans and instructors. Our course offerings range from family craft events to intro-level adult woodworking, to advanced boatbuilding and marine technology. Join us to preserve Tacoma's rich maritime history, and discover the joy of woodworking!

~ A special thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers who make our work possible.

Course Offerings & Upcoming Events

Open Shop Hours

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
5 PM - 8 PM

Access our state-of-the-art facilities to work on your own self-directed project. Complete shop safety training and gain access to mentorship and supervision from industry professionals. Pre-registration is required.

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Introduction to Marine Diesels With Meredith Anderson

Saturday, January 20, 2024
Saturday 8:30AM-3:30PM, Sunday 9:00AM-4:00 PM

This is a two-day course designed for mariners wanting to gain confidence working on their own engines. Instructed by Meredith Anderson, a USCG-licensed marine engineer, advanced diesel instructor at Seattle Maritime Academy, and regular columnist for 48° North magazine.

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Half-Hull Model Carving Workshop

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us on Tuesday evenings in this three-week series to learn the essential skills of carving, offsets, and lofting your own half-hull boat model.

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Contact Us

To contact us with questions on our course offerings or about joining our team of hardworking volunteers, please email our Boat Shop Coordinator, at