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Late Summer & Fall Skills Classes

We're past the peak of Summer but still have a variety of skills classes remaining through October. Consider trying some of the classes below. 



2014 Bellingham Traverse Multi-Sport Race


The 2014 Bellingham Traverse is Saturday September 20th and we have rental boats available for race day. Click here for details on the race-day boat rental we offer. 

The Boating Cernter also coordinates the Marine Park transition area so we'll see you on race day. We need volunteers to help coordinate Marine Park and retrieve our rental boats at Cornwall Beach. Interested volunteers should contact us at 360-714-8891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Final Friday Ferry Farewell Flotillas is on September 26

CootFerryEach fourth Friday this summer, beginning July 25, the Community Boating Center will host a flotilla of boats in south Bellingham Bay to bid adieu do the departing Alaska ferry. On those days, the 418-foot MV Columbia is scheduled to leave the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 6:00 PM, bound for Ketchikan. Private boats of all kind are encouraged to join the gathering! To encourage public participation in the flotilla the Boating Center is offering 20% off the rental cost of sailing dinghies and human-powered watercraft (including kayaks, rowboats and paddleboards) starting at 5:00 PM each fourth Friday through September.

On Flotilla Fridays, Plume, the longboat replica built by staff and students of Bellingham’s Home Port Learning Center, will be available for a limited group of folks who want to row out for the ferry send-off. Sign-ups for participating aboard Plume will begin at 5:00 PM, near the public boat launch in Fairhaven, on the evenings of the events. Reservations will not be taken for this free opportunity. 

Ferry Farewell Flotillas are planned for July 25, August 22, and September 26. All participants should wear a life jacket and have clothing available for a variety of weather. Life jackets will be available for Plume participants and CBC renters. 


Volunteer Opportunities

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If you've thought about volunteering but haven't made the plunge then consider visiting our volunteering page to download the application and waiver. Now is a great time to send in your volunteer application as we can connect you to opportunities that match your interest as the season develops. Upcoming volunteer needs include:

  • Waterfront volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays to assist with equiping rentals and minor projects..
  • Volunteers to table and do outreach during events (Farmers Market, School Fairs, etc).
  • Volunteers interested in helping prepare boats for the season (sail inspection, varnishing, scrubbing kayaks, etc).
  • Contact us at 360-714-8891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get involved.



Hours of Operation

  • Open 10am - Sunset
    Saturdays & Sundays

  • Open Noon - Sunset

  • If the weather is unsuitable for boat rentals, the Boating Center will close and be unstaffed. 


Physical Address:
555 Harris Avenue 
Bellingham, WA 98225 
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