Building Strong Boats Sailing Rough Waters

Tacoma Boat Builders works with marginalized 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


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

Mark your calendar for October 11th and join us at the Tacoma Yacht Club for this year’s auction, Promising Journeys.

VIP Captain’s Cocktail Hour will be at 5:00  PM and features special treats and early access to the silent auction. The event will begin at 6:00 PM and includes a silent auction, dinner, live auction, dessert dash, and an opportunity to raise your paddle to support the Tacoma Boat Builders!

Can’t make it? Show your support with a gift to Tacoma Boat Builders!

As many of you know Tacoma Community Boat Builders has been working with Rusty George Creative to develop a new logo and brand. 

You can see it here!

We love the Northwesterly point of the compass and the woodgrain in the center. The inner triangles represent you, our community, gathered around the youth served in our programs.

 Thanks to Rusty and his fine team, and after much contemplation and hard work, we are ready to make the biggest change of all! Soon you will see a new website and our new name: Tacoma Boat Builders.

 The name is little shorter, and easier to remember. Community is an integral part of our mission, that will always be true. We feel this new look and name are a great match to the mission and vision for supporting youth and families through building and restoring boats as well as lives with hands-on learning and mentorship from some of the finest humans you’ll ever meet.

We're the 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year!

Tacoma Boat Builders was recently recognized as the 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year by Pierce County. Read more.

Tacoma Boat Builders

Creating transformational opportunities for marginalized youth through boat building and positive mentorship

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As a non-profit service organization, we are completely dependent on grants and contributions. Please make a donation to Tacoma Community Boat Builders to allow us to continue our work with at-risk youth.