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3805 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

(253) 857-9344

Working to Preserve Gig Harbors Historic Working Waterfront this non-profit boatyard located in historic Gig Harbor, Washington is the birthplace of the Thunderbird sailboat.

CBRP Updates

What's Been Going on at CBRP This Month

Gig Harbor BoatShop

March 4th:

Rick drills fastener holes for the inspection ports on the 14'6" GANNET dinghy's side benches. These watertight compartments will provide flotation in the event of swamping. Bob looks ready to install some screws.

Rick drills fastener holes for the inspection ports on the 14'6" GANNET dinghy's side benches. These watertight compartments will provide flotation in the event of swamping. Bob looks ready to install some screws.

Jim is using his shop-built ribbon sander to clean up the GANNET's rudder hardware castings. The sander uses 2" x 72" belts, and is powered by a two speed washing machine motor. It's perfect for jobs like this. Jim is currently building one for the GHB.

Jim is using his shop-built ribbon sander to clean up the GANNET's rudder hardware castings. The sander uses 2" x 72" belts, and is powered by a two speed washing machine motor. It's perfect for jobs like this. Jim is currently building one for the GHB.

We finally put the GANNET's foredeck on for good. Bob is boring some more holes for the screws that Rick is installing. In order to minimize the weight, the deck is 50% thinner than designed. We made up for lost strength by adding an extra deckbeam. The beams are quite light, made of laminated spruce and yellow cedar. Throughout the entire build weight has been minimized to promote sailing performance and ease of handing on land.   

We finally put the GANNET's foredeck on for good. Bob is boring some more holes for the screws that Rick is installing. In order to minimize the weight, the deck is 50% thinner than designed. We made up for lost strength by adding an extra deckbeam. The beams are quite light, made of laminated spruce and yellow cedar. Throughout the entire build weight has been minimized to promote sailing performance and ease of handing on land.   

March 11th: 

Josh and father Edward just finished gluing in the GANNET's deck edge reinforcement. Earlier in the day the team sanded the interior of the LIGHTNING, readying it for paint.

Josh and father Edward just finished gluing in the GANNET's deck edge reinforcement. Earlier in the day the team sanded the interior of the LIGHTNING, readying it for paint.

Rick, Mike, and Larry are painting the areas of the GANNET which will be difficult to reach once the side decks are installed. 

Rick, Mike, and Larry are painting the areas of the GANNET which will be difficult to reach once the side decks are installed. 

Nigel shapes a component of the LILLIPUT pram mold. The pram will be planked over the mold, which defines the shape of the boat.

Nigel shapes a component of the LILLIPUT pram mold. The pram will be planked over the mold, which defines the shape of the boat.

Bill has been working on a replica ship's wheel for the AVALON wheelhouse. Many fussy angles and arcs required in this project!  

Bill has been working on a replica ship's wheel for the AVALON wheelhouse. Many fussy angles and arcs required in this project!