Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We’re here to answer them.



Are you open?

Yes! We are open year round at our South Lake Union Campus and have seasonal hours at our Cama Beach State Park location.

Exhibit and Livery Hours For Both Locations Can Be Found Here.

Are you still running Sunday Public Sail?

Sunday Public Sail is on hold until further notice and until we can fully recover with vessels and trained volunteers and staff after the COVID pandemic. In the meantime we continue to offer our free Public Peapod Program. It’s a free hour of rowing to anyone anytime our Livery is open, not just Sundays! Just remember to sign up ahead of time.

Can I just look at the boats?

Yes you can! Our docks are open to the public, and we never charge admission. A section of our docks will be closed when youth programs are taking place.

Can I use the restroom?

Restrooms at the Wagner Education Center are open during regular business hours. Restrooms at the Boathouse are available during business hours when the building is not being used for a private event.

Is your Cama Beach location open?

Currently no. Our Cama Beach Livery rents boats only during the summer season. We do offer a Toy Boat Building activity for children year-round (Saturdays 11am-3pm at the Boathouse; suggested $5 donation), as well as rent our Boatman’s Cabin year-round to CWB members.

Are you accepting volunteers?

Yes! After filling out the online application you will begin receiving invitations to our volunteer orientation. An orientation is mandatory before you can begin volunteering and runs from 10am-12pm the second Saturday of every month.

How do I rent the Boatman’s Cabin?

Make reservations online here. Reservations for multiple nights can be made by booking each night separately. NOTE: You must be a CWB Member to reserve the cabin; become a member here.

Can I buy something in the Gift Shop?

Yes! Visit our gift in the Wagner Education Center during regular business hours or shop online here. Shipping is available. Members receive a 20% discount in our store! If you are a current member, please call 206-382-2628 to place your shipping order over the phone and receive your discount.

Is there parking?

CWB does not have any parking of our own, but there is a city lot directly South of us on Valley Street. There are also parking options along Westlake Avenue, and many public transport options. If you have a disability parking pass, use the call box to contact MOHAI about raising the arm and parking in their ADA spaces down the fire lane near the docks.

Are you renting out facilities currently?

We are! See this page on the website for the options we offer. For further inquiry, fill out the inquiry form and someone from our Event Rentals Team will respond to you.




Which should I sign up for, SailNow! or Private Sailing Lessons?

Both are a means to the same end–learning how to sail! Read more about each option here and go with what feels right for you and your schedule, learning style, experience level, and budget. If you’re leaning towards Private Lessons, don’t forget to check out the Private Lesson Package deal!

I see you are offering CLC Boatbuilding classes. Are these still proceeding?

Yes! We have several woodworking and boatbuilding classes available including the CLC’s. Check out all we have to offer HERE!




Does someone drive the boat?

If you are looking to cruise with a captain, check out our Charter Program. Renters are fully responsible for safe handling of rental boats, and are unaccompanied by a CWB staff person. To rent a sailboat, you need to have passed our sailing checkout (a test of sailing proficiency) ahead of time, and by appointment only. There are no prerequisites to rent a human powered vessel such as a rowboat, canoe, or kayak.

Can I just do a checkout really quick before my rental?

This is unfortunately not an option. Checkouts need to be scheduled online ahead of time because an instructor is required to perform the checkout. If you arrive for a sailing rental without a current sailing checkout, we will offer you one of our human powered vessels instead. Please note that only 1 member of your rental party needs to have a current sailing checkout.

Do you have life jackets?

Yes! We provide life jackets for everyone, infants and up, included in your rental. You are required to keep your lifejacket on securely for the duration of your rental. If you would like to bring your own coast guard approved life jacket, you are welcome to do so.

Can I bring my child on board?

There are no age restrictions to our rentals, as long as anybody under the age of 16 is accompanied by an adult. Please note that the docks and boats can be inherently difficult for those with mobility issues. Call in advance if you have concerns, we are happy to help.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Our docks, boats, and buildings are dog friendly. Please keep your dog on leash and understand that staff has the right to revoke this privilege if your dog is out of control or otherwise behaving dangerously. Additionally, just like their humans, all dogs must remain on board for the duration of your rental–no swimming. We do not have doggie life jackets.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes! You are welcome to eat and drink on our boats during your rental. Please pack out what you pack in and be mindful that no drugs or alcohol are permitted.




How can I verify that my membership is current?

Email or call our front desk at 206-382-2628 and we can check your membership expiration date.

I lost my wooden CWB Membership card. Can I get a replacement?

You don’t need to show your CWB Membership card to take advantage of your membership benefits at CWB – you only need to show a valid ID and we can verify your membership status in our system. Therefore, we don’t supply replacement membership cards for Household, Individual, Senior, or Student levels. When you renew your membership, you will then receive a new card.

If you are a Contributing or Captain’s Circle member, which come with CAMM and ROAM reciprocal membership benefits, you must show a physical membership card to utilize those reciprocal benefits at other museums. Therefore, we will provide one replacement card prior to renewal for Contributing or Captain’s Circle members upon request. Email to initiate that replacement, and note that turnaround time for a replacement card is 2 – 3 weeks. We cannot replace your membership card while you wait.


I’ve moved! Who do I update at CWB?

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date! Email or call our front desk at 206-382-2628 with your new mailing address, email, or phone # and we will update our records. To update your email address for our Enewsletter specifically, contact

I like the new wooden membership cards! How do I get one?

When you become a new member or renew your membership at any level, you’ll get one of the new wooden CWB membership cards by mail. CWB will honor your CWB member benefits with or without a membership card in hand by simply looking you up in our system.

I’m a Contributing or Captain’s Circle member, and I lost my CAMM card (Council of American Maritime Museums Admission Privilege Card). Can I get a replacement?

We will be happy to provide one replacement CAMM card to qualifying members upon request. Email to request your replacement card. Turnaround time is 7 – 10 days.

What does CAMM and ROAM mean? What are reciprocal membership benefits, and how do I take advantage of them?

Through reciprocal membership programs, CWB members at the Contributing and Captain’s Circle levels receive basic membership privileges (like free admission and in some cases, museum store discounts) at over 500 other museums nationwide and abroad! If you’re a frequent museum-goer, paying just a little more for this level of CWB membership can save you a lot of money in admission costs over the course of a year. Both member levels cover 2 adults and up to 4 children at a single mailing address.

CAMM stands for the Council of American Maritime Museums, and their reciprocal membership program grants CWB members at the Contributing and Captain’s Circle levels free admission to nearly 100 maritime museums across the U.S. If you are a current Contributing or Captain’s Level member of CWB, take your wooden CWB membership card and your separate CAMM card to participating museums for free admission. Browse a full list of CAMM participating museums here.

ROAM stands for the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums, and their reciprocal membership program grants CWB members at the Contributing and Captain’s Circle levels free admission (and in many cases, museum store discounts) to over 400 museums of all types across the U.S. (even a few museums abroad)! If you are a Contributing or Captain’s Circle level member of CWB, show the ROAM sticker on your CWB wooden membership card to gain free entry at participating museums. See a full list of ROAM participating museums here.


Couldn’t find your answer here? Give us a ring at (206) 382-2628.