The Museum Small Craft Association will meet on October 25 - 28 in Seattle Washington, hosted by The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB). The MSCA annual meeting is the place where small craft professionals meet, learn about recent developments, exchange ideas, and talk with their peers. Also invited are those who share in interest an small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research.
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The Center for Wooden Boats is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving maritime heritage for future generations. It provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB believes that it is essential to preserve the skills and stories associated with wooden small craft by teaching workshops, organizing events and regattas, and igniting a passion for wood and water in young and old alike. CWB has a large fleet of small craft at its two facilities, the original one on Lake Union where MSCA will meet, and Cama Beach at Camano Island State Park. More information about CWB is available at www.cwb.org
The program is being developed. Tuesday and Wednesday will be at The Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle. Please let Betsy Davis at email@example.com or David Cockey at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested in making a presentation or have a suggestion for a discussion. Topics involving small craft and the waterfront, and boat use at museums are of particular interest but please don’t feel constrained. As always, museums are encouraged to provide brief reports of their activities and plans. There will be plenty of time for informal discussions including afloat on Lake Union in CWB’s impressive fleet of small boats. Field trips are planned on Monday and Thursday to visit some of the organizations and locations which contribute to the vibrant small craft community around Puget Sound.
Monday, October 25
- Field trip to Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Kent. Locations visited will include the Gig Harbor Boat Shop, the new Working Waterfront Museum, and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.
- Opening reception at CWB
Tuesday, October 26
- Presentations and discussion at CWB
- Group dinner in the evening
Wednesday, October 27
- Presentations and discussion at CWB
- Museum reports and MSCA business meeting at CWB
- Reception at Jensen Motorboat Company in the evening
Thursday, October 28
- Field trip to Port Hadlock, Port Townsend and Keyport. Locations visited will include the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, the Port Townsend Foundry, the new Northwest Maritime Center, and the Naval Undersea Museum. Registration information will be available this summer at the MSCA website www.museumsmallcraft.org
CWB has worked to arrange affordable accommodations. The Best Western Executive Inn is offering a special $84 per night rate for meeting participants. See below for details as well as a list of other recommended accommodations where individuals may be able to arrange discount rates at those (government, AAA, etc). A small number of berths will be available on the Arthur Foss for those with very restricted budgets – contact David Cockey at email@example.com for more details.Recommended accommodations for the MSCA Annual Meeting
(206) 448-9444; reservations: 800-351-9444
Special Rate: $84/night for those attending the MSCA meeting (need not be an MSCA member)
To get this rate, reservations must be made prior to October 1 and must be made by calling the Toll-Free number (800-351-9444) and asking for the “MSCA rate”. The rate is not available for online bookings. The rate is available for the nights of Sunday, October 25 through Thursday, October 28. After October 1 normal rates apply, starting at about $101/night with discounts for seniors, AAA members, government employees. This is an older but clean and nice hotel. It’s an easy 20-minute walk from CWB along an arterial with sidewalks all the way.
Comfort Suites Downtown/Seattle Center
Typical Rate in October: $109/night, with discounts for seniors and AAA members and varying government rates. About a 25-minute walk from CWB with one steep-sided underpass to negotiate. Grocery store two blocks away (rooms have microwaves and refrigerators).
Silver Cloud Inn
Senior, AAA, Government or Corporate rate: $139. Sometimes has Internet Specials at online reservations: http://www.scinns.com/reservations.htm
Newer facility on
206-213-0100; reservations: 800-321-2211
Currently not offering senior or AAA discounts. Government or Corporate rate is $159/night. Local staff says that may change by October. Reservations phone line is best source of info: Located on
Marriott Residence Inn
206-624-6000; reservations: 800-321-2211
Standard rate right now is $189/night but that usually comes down after Labor Day. Current senior or AAA rate is $161/night; government rate is whatever per diem is (currently $159/night). Located across the street and up the block from CWB. Suite-style rooms with separate bedroom.
For other hotel suggestions (lower rates available further away from CWB; may require a bus or taxi ride) please email