Building Strong Boats
Sailing Rough Waters

Tacoma Community Boat Builders works with at-risk youth crafting and sailing small wooden boats

Boat Building Skills

Youths work with mentors to learn woodworking and boat building skills. Through the practice of craftsmanship and patient skill building they develop a sense of accomplishment

Community

As the youths work with mentors building boats they create a community of trust where building relationships and teamwork are essential

Building Whole People

Participants learn how to shift out of crisis mode and into a more steady, intentional path, learning the value of goal setting, critical thinking, planning, problem-solving, and successful work

On the Water

In addition to learning the principles of boat handling and sailing, participating youths discover the rewarding experience of getting on the water in boats they have built together

Tacoma Community Boat Builders

Building Strong Boats. Sailing Rough Waters

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Tacoma Community Boat Builders

Tacoma Community Boat Builders works with at-risk youth crafting and sailing small wooden boats. Our youth participants work with mentors to learn woodworking, boat building and sailing skills. They also discover the value of integrity and a solid work ethic. Through the practice of craftsmanship and patient skill building they develop a self-discipline, confidence, and a sense of pride in the work they do. TCBB offers a safe and engaging experience that can lead to expanded horizons, better decision-making, higher employability, and positive involvement in our community.

Participants at the TCBB fundraising event, Promises Made, Promises Kept. July 1, 2015, at the TCBB Boat House.

Participants at the TCBB fundraising event, Promises Made, Promises Kept. July 1, 2015, at the TCBB Boat House.

Recent News

Co-Founder Judge Tom Larkin Retires

Judge Tom Larkin with Executive Director Shannon Shea

Executive Director, Shannon Shea presented Judge Tom Larkin with “Promise” recognition, July 22, 2015

At a recent celebration of Judge Larkin’s career he was honored for a life-long commitment to justice and service to the community. Read more…

 

 

Help Wanted: Shipwright Educator

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum seeks a Shipwright Educator. More…

Visit the News page for more detailed news and information.

Our Leadership Team

I believe any person can flourish if given the necessary chance. My passion lies in creating opportunities for that to happen.

Shannon A. Shea

Executive Director

Chuck Graydon

Sharing the work and practice of woodworking and boat building is the meat, potatoes, and dessert in my life. Sailing is the cherry on top.

Chuck Graydon

Program Facilitator

All my life extraordinary people have been mentors to me. That is a gift I want to share because I know what a difference it can make in a young life.

Paul Birkey

Founder and Chairman

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