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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.

Events

Wood Cleats
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Wood Cleats

Register by Wednesday, November 13, 2019
 
Fee for Workshop + Materials:  Non-members $50   |   Members $40

Location:  Eddon Boatyard Joiner Shop

The class is limited to 6 people

Call (253) 857-9344 or email info@gigharborboatshop.org to register.

 

Attend this workshop and you’ll learn to design and make wooden horn cleats, thumb cleats and more. We’ll design cleats, select wood, make patterns and shape cleats in various types and sizes. You’ll learn how to make practical beautiful cleats easily and inexpensively.

Fees are due at the time of registration. Classes may be cancelled or rescheduled in case of emergency or if the minimum attendance is not met. In the event a class is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

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Santa's BoatShop
Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

Santa's BoatShop

The historic Eddon Boatyard will be transformed into Santa's BoatShop on Saturday, December 14. Children are invited to build and paint model boats at this festive holiday event.

Available Sessions:
Maximum of 10 participants per 30-minute session

10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:30
3:00 - 3:30
3:30 - 4:00

It takes roughly one hour to build your boat. Advance registration is recommended. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Fee: $15 for one child | $10 for each additional child (includes all materials)

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Boat Lofting
Jan
15
to Jan 17

Boat Lofting

Session runs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | January 15, 16, 17, 2020

6 pm to 9 pm

Register by Friday, January 10, 2020
 
Fee for Workshop + Materials:  Non-members $175  |  Members $150

Location:  Eddon Boatyard Joiner Shop

 Due to class size limit of 4 persons, pre-registration is required

Call (253) 857-9344 for reservations

The best way to learn lofting is to do it.  Join GHB resident boatwright Tom Regan (a self-described lofting fanatic) in a three-evening workshop to learn about lofting tools, concepts, and techniques.  After three nights of lofting what seemed mysterious, complex, and intimidating will be seem logical and enjoyable.  The skills learned will be applicable to any boat design.

Workshop participants will work as a team to loft a small dinghy while working in the historic Eddon Boatyard woodstove warmed joiner shop.  You'll take home the workbook you used in the program and a new appreciation for boat design. You'll never look at boat plans the same way again!



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Advanced Boat Lofting
Feb
12
to Feb 14

Advanced Boat Lofting

Session runs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday |   February 12, 13, 14, 2020

6 pm to 9 pm
 
Fee for Workshop + Materials:  Non-members $175  |  Members $150

Location:  Eddon Boatyard Joiner Shop

The class size is limited to four people

Call (253) 857-9344 or email gigharborboatshop@gmail.com for reservations

 

In this workshop we’ll continue lofting the dinghy we started in the introductory workshop. This time we’ll lay out stem rabbet, transom bevels, and bulkheads. We’ll also develop construction details such backbone construction and fastening.

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Splicing
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Splicing

Fee for Workshop + Materials: Non-members $35  |  Members $25

Location:  Eddon Boatyard

Class is limited to 6 participants

Call (253) 857-9344 or email info@gigharborboatshop.org for reservations
 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make an eye-splice for mooring lines or other types of nautical applications? This class will teach three-strand line eye-splicing. Three-strand splicing is an excellent foundation for learning how to make splices in other types of lines or ropes. And, if you're tired of looking at electrical taped ends on lines that you don't want to unravel - this class will also teach you how make a professional looking seizing or whipping on the ends of your boat lines.

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Float the Boat(Shop)
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Float the Boat(Shop)

Join us as we Float the Boat(Shop) and celebrate the Gig Harbor BoatShop with a festive evening of heavy appetizers, drinks, fun activities, and giving. You'll have the chance to win some amazing raffle items too!

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 at The Club @ Gig Harbor Marina in downtown Gig Harbor.  

Click Here to purchase tickets online

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Music at the BoatShop Featuring Steve Itterly
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the BoatShop Featuring Steve Itterly

Steve Itterly is a northwest-based singer-songwriter who draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music that is timeless without being overly nostalgic.

Hailing from New York, Steve ventured to Boston after college where he studied country blues and ragtime guitar with local greats Paul Rishell and Radcliff Thomas. It wasn’t until he moved to Colorado where he honed his skills and began writing songs of his own, pulling from genres such as country blues, early jazz, western swing, folk, and ragtime.

Steve’s musical journey began in his early teens when his father and brother introduced him to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Blind Willie Johnson to name a few. There was something mystical in the raw passion of the guitar and vocals that moved him deeply.

Steve’s musical style is true to form with his passionate vocals, finger-style prowess, and ripping slide guitar. He has won the Telluride Blues & Blues Festival’s Country Blues Competition and he is a recognized songwriter in his own right. He has shared a bill with greats such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Steve Winwood, Jack Broadbent, Anders Osborne, and Benjamin Booker.

General Admission: $20 | $25 at the door

Members: $15 | $25 at the door

All Ages Welcome | Open Seating | Complimentary Appetizers | Doors Open at 6:30

Beer and wine will be available for purchase

Purchase tickets in advance- Day of tickets only available if space permits. Call (253) 857-9344 or stop buy the BoatShop to purchase tickets.

Purchase tickets online here.

Click here to listen to some of Steve Itterly’s music.

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Leathering Oars
Sep
19
1:00 PM13:00

Leathering Oars

Fee for Workshop + Materials / oars & lines not includedNon-members $55   |   Members $45

Location:  Eddon Boatyard Joiner Shop

Register by Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

 Class size is limited to 6 people

Call (253) 857-9344 or email info@gigharborboatshop.org for reservations

 Learn techniques to protect your oars and dock lines from chafing with leather. Bring your own pair of oars and mooring lines to the workshop with spliced eyes and pre-marked for chafing areas such as toerails and chocks. 

Spruce spoon or flat blade oars are available to purchase. Please pre-order oars one week or more prior to the workshop.

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Varnishing
Aug
15
1:00 PM13:00

Varnishing

Join us in the joiner shop for this workshop focused on varnishing! We'll begin by discussing the tools, materials, and techniques used. Then we'll break out the sandpaper and brushes, and practice varnishing various items around the shop. And since here in the PNW varnishing sometimes needs to be done under less than ideal conditions, we'll look into what can be done to get the best results possible in difficult circumstances. With the hands-on experience you gain in the workshop, you'll leave with confidence to tackle those Spring varnishing projects. All materials are provided, please wear work clothes.

Fee: $45 members | $55 non-members

Class is limited to six participants

To register please call (253) 857-9344 or email info@gigharborboatshop.org

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Waterfront Block Party
Jul
27
12:30 PM12:30

Waterfront Block Party

Enjoy wine & food tasting on Gig Harbor's downtown waterfront on July 27! The 2nd annual Waterfront Block Party features 23 party stops sampling some of the region's best wines, brews and spirits. Many stops will feature samples of savory small food bites, tasty cheeses or tempting desserts. Some stops will feature live music while you taste! A wine store will be available to purchase bottled wines you have tasted throughout the day.

Tickets are $45 through this Sunday - July 21 - so act today and save!  Tickets are $50 July 22 - 26, and $55 on July 27.

 

Ticket price includes 15 sip tickets for alcohol, a wine tasting glass, a map/program guide, and complimentary shuttle transportation if desired. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/wineandfoodexperience2019 or Eventbrite.com.

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Float the Boat(Shop)
Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Float the Boat(Shop)

You’re invited!

Join us as we Float the Boat(Shop) and commemorate Gig Harbor BoatShop’s 10-year anniversary with a festive evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing; storytelling, giving, and toasting 10 years.

A decade ago, the BoatShop was founded after a true community grassroots effort saved the historic Eddon Boatyard from demolition. Since then, we’ve opened our doors to the public and engaged thousands of people with Gig Harbor’s working waterfront.

The work we do is only possible because of you: our neighbors, friends, and community members. It’s only fitting that you join us as we celebrate ten years of providing public benefit and look forward towards the next ten years.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Club @ Gig Harbor Marina in downtown Gig Harbor.  

Tickets are limited! Click here to purchase your ticket online now!

 

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Donkey Creek Chum Festival
Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

Donkey Creek Chum Festival

  • Austin Estuary Park/Harbor History Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It takes a fish to raise a village. Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to our local waters in a day-long event at the Harbor History Museum at Donkey Creek and Austin Estuary Park. The BoatShop will be at the Chum Festival with a Family Boat Building skiff, a fun activity for kids, and lots of information about our programs and projects. 

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