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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.

Ocean Plait Mat

nautical Ocean plait mat workshop

Sunday, January 22, 2017; 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (register by January 19)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (register by March 10) 

Fee for Workshop:  $35  |  Members $25

Additional fees may apply as materials costs vary based on the size of your mat

Location:  Eddon Boatyard

Class is limited to 6 participants

Call (253) 857-9344 or email for reservations


This class will teach the marlinspike seamanship art of making a Nautical Ocean Plait Mat. The ropework mat you’ll make is sometimes referred to as a Napoleon Mat or Block Mat. They can be used for a boat’s companionway ladder steps, as an entry mat at the front door of your house, or even for a wall decoration. You’ll learn how the mat is constructed from beginning to end, and how constructing a jig will assist in speeding up the mat making process. Participants will take their finished products home with them.