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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.

Avalon Exhibit


"One of the best-known fishing boats ever built in Gig Harbor has met a bittersweet fate.  In March 2015, the purse seiner Avalon, built in the Skansie shipyard, was dismantled in Port Townsend. But even as she was torn apart, every board and bit of hardware was documented by the Gig Harbor BoatShop."   read more ...

On the afternoon of March 4, 2015 the Port of Port Townsend moved the Avalon from the storage yard to the large, haulout washdown pad and blocked the vessel upright. Members of the Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op (PTSC) removed Avalon's mast, boom, rigging, and the forward face of the wheelhouse, all wheelhouse windows and doors, and misc hardware.

Avalon Deconstruction Report