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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.


Family Boatbuilding

Build your own boat in a weekend!

Photos courtesy of Shaun O’Berry Photography

No experience necessary!

Family Boat Building Program

All dates are Saturdays & Sundays

Spring Dates:

April 4-5
May 2-3
June 6-7

$795 non-members or $725 members

For availability and reservations Call (253) 857-9344

Advanced Registration and payment is required

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. Two 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

Click here to become a sponsor!



Please notify us right away if you need to cancel


• Cancellation or change outside of 30 days = full refund.

• Cancellation or change within 30 – 7 days prior to start date = a $15 admin fee and tuition credit for the remaining amount towards a course within the same calendar year. There is no refund.

• Cancellation or change within 7 days of start date = 50% tuition credit of course fee available towards a course within the same calendar year.

• No refund or credit available after the class has started.

In case of emergency, Gig Harbor BoatShop reserves the right to cancel a course and refund the participants in full.

Because of this policy, we strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. The Gig Harbor BoatShop will not be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets or hotel stays.