HOWB 014 – Jake Beattie, exec. director Northwest Maritime Center interview

by admin on December 22, 2011



Interview: Jake Beattie
This week I interviewed the exec. director of the Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation – Jake Beattie.  Jake began sailing an El Toro when he was seven years old, spent time sailing the San Juans on his family’s sailboat, and then went off to college. After college he decided to “volunteer” for 2 weeks on the Tall Ship Bounty back east.  One and a half years later he finished that “two week stint” and then moved onto the Tall Ship Denis Sullivan for several years.  After that Jake became a Seamanship Instructor with Outward Bound, worked on freighters and tugboats and then spent 6 years at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.  While working at the CWB, he lived on the north end of Lake Union and his “commute” consisted of sailing or rowing across Lake Union while stressed out motorists were crawling along Interstate 5!  (I’m a little jealous Jake  – hahaha)

Jake moved to Port Townsend and started as executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in January of this year.  Jake’s a firm believer that “if you gain competency in a physical, real world setting, the skills you learn will have a profound impact on your life”.  Click on the green player button above to listen to this 30 minute interview.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Jake Beattie holding up artists rendition of "Pilot House" learning center


A gorgeous lapstrake wooden sailboat being built in "The Boat Shop"


"The Boat Shop" is one busy place!

Jake’s email is, and you can visit the website at  Thanks again Jake for taking the time to meet with me!!!


Next Week – Interview with Dee & Sara Meek – owners of the 1890 wooden tugboat “Elmore”
Dee and Sara take me on a tour of the Elmore, discuss the history of the boat, and share about the 8 year period they took to fix her up as a liveaboard.  You won’t want to miss it!


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