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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.

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Family Boatbuilding

Build your own boat in a weekend!

No experience necessary!

Family Boat Building Program

All dates are Saturdays & Sundays

May 6 and 7, 2017- One spot left at the original pricing - $595 non-members or $525 members!

June 3 and 4, 2017

July 1 and 2, 2017

August 5 and 6, 2017

Prices starting June 1, 2017 - $695 non-members or $625 members

Call (253) 857-9344 for your reservation

Spots have been filling up fast so reserve yours today!

Each group is assigned their own wooden boat expert who will guide your team every step of the way through the construction of a 12-foot, 90-pound Salt Bay Skiff. On Sunday, after a ceremonial launch and row on Gig Harbor Bay, the skiff will be yours to take home and enjoy forever.
The 2-day workshop is held Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-5pm. Three boatbuilding groups of 2-5 members participate each session. (Children: 12 years and older are welcome)  
Over the weekend you will be introduced to joinery, gluing, clamping, sawing, beveling, planing, sanding, precise measuring and the use of many of the hand tools that are still used by wooden boat builders throughout the world.   

Traveling to Gig Harbor from out of town? Family Boat Building participants receive a special discount at The Maritime Inn in downtown Gig Harbor. 

The Gig Harbor BoatShop Family Boat Building Program is generously supported by:

The MJF Foundation