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About Us


Lyndon, Erica & Bob Pickett...

ACMC all started with several conversations I had with Erica and Bob Pickett in the Spring of 2004.  At the time, Erica and Bob owned Flounder Bay Lumber in Anacortes.  They were well known in Anacortes, and they have a long history associated with traditional small wooden boats.  Both were involved with the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle for a number of years.  Bob was a former member of their board.

Perhaps, we thought, we could do the same thing in Anacortes.

Garry Cline, Jim Taylor, Jean Baily...

In June, we filed with the IRS and officially became a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation for the purpose of providing marine education to the residents of Anacortes, La Conner and throughout Skagit County.  In September, ACMC members were instrumental in joining with the Marine Resource Committee to found Fidalgo Bay Day; and, in the following Spring, we began building our first Beach Peapod by Joel White.

Gary Cline, former Director of the Anacortes Museum, was one of our initial board members.  Other board members include Jim Taylor, current member and former Captain of the Sophia Christina, Erica Pickett, who remains an active member  and who also serves on the Anacortes City Council, Jean Baily, former resident who has moved to Portland, Oregon, and myself -- current president of ACMC.

Long-term members also  include Dennis Mazza, Cary & Pat Tolman, Tony Bull, Paul & Vicki Dinnel, Charlie & Nancy Drake, Carolyn Barney, and John & Mary Bame.  Past board members include include Mike Lewis, Sheila Constance, Mike Swietizer, and Scott Bullock.


cary rowing his wherry

Membership & Affiliations...

Membership varies each year between 20 - 30 people.  As of March 2011,  we have 32 members & several friends.  Among our members we have a marine biology teacher, a retired high school teacher, banker, doctor, lawyer, boat builder, shipwright, newspaper photographer, and several people who have worked in private industry.

We continue to support the Center For Wooden Boats - Cama Beach,  the Wooden Boat School in Port Haddock, the Anacortes Maritime Museum, the Anacortes Library, the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, the Anacortes Arts Festival, and the Anacortes Boys & Girl Club & the Youth Sailing Program.


acmc picnic

Currently, ACMC is an active member of the Anacortes Small Boat Center and also the Traditional Small Craft Association or TSCA-Puget Sound.

ACMC continues to partner with  Emerald Marine Carpentry in promoting small boat building & "messabout" in the local area and throughout Whatcom, Skagit, and Island counties.

Anacortes Community Maritime Center

Our mission is to build a community where good friends meet to celebrate, learn, and preserve our rich maritime traditions and explore our connection with the waters of Puget Sound.