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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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Maritime Mentorship Program

Maritime Mentorship Program

The Maritime Mentorship Program is designed to pair master boat builders and boat restorers with college-age youth to teach them boat building, boat repair and boat restoration skills, techniques, and practices. The first project, MMP Project #1 -- 1964 Chris-Craft Super Sport, launched in April 2015. The second project, construction of a Gannet sailing dingy, was complete in September 2017. Project #3 began in January 2018 and consisted of restoring a 1941 Chris-Craft 101 Deluxe. 

Along with support from our membership, the Maritime Mentorship Program is partially funded by The RPM Foundation and Foss Maritime Corporation.

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RPM Foundation granted $3,500 to support the MMP’s third project, restoring a 1941 Chris-Craft 101 Deluxe, a classic 16’ wooden runabout. The third project will offer six paid internships to young adults who will be paired with a master shipwright in a hands-on master/apprentice environment to learn boat building, boat repair, and boat restoration skills. The BoatShop is seeking additional grant funding to support the project.

The MMP is designed to introduce a new generation to boat building, repair, and restoration, to foster an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship, and to build awareness of the maritime trades and the role they continue play on our working waterfront. Interns are provided a rare opportunity to learn from an artisan craftsman that is passionate about his trade.

The MMP was implemented in April 2015. Its first project, restoration of a 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport, was completed in June 2016. The second project, constructing an Iain Oughtred-designed sailing dinghy, is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017. To date, the MMP has provided 10 young adults with internships.

RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive / marine restoration and preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit for more information.



"All Hands"  Winter 2015 article.