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The Center for Wooden Boats is a treasure among all Seattle's wonderful organizations that educate and give so much pleasure back to the community. Situated at the south end of Lake Union, it provides education for all ages, demonstrations, boating classes, camps for kids, boat building, restoration and repair know-how for enthusiasts, and opportunities to see historic ships or get out on the water in small craft like this. Over this 4th of July weekend the Wooden Boat Festival will welcome thousands of visitors to its Lake Union Park home. I'm with Ratty: "There is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."