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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.



Consider Volunteering AT THE BOATSHOP

If you would like to work with other people who share your love for boats and the traditions of the working waterfront, become a Gig Harbor BoatShop volunteer!

Gig Harbor BoatShop relies on the hard work and dedication of volunteers. Volunteers contribute to the BoatShop’s mission by maintaining our unique collection of classic boats and by helping to maintain the historic Eddon Boatyard. BoatShop staff members need help with BoatShop program and event preparation, and there’s a need for docents that can share the Eddon Boatyard and Gig Harbor BoatShop story with boatyard visitors.

New volunteers will be asked to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Additional training may be required for specific volunteer assignments. BoatShop volunteers are asked to record a minimum of 2 hours / month. If you’re interested contact: GHB Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities

New - marine railways

The BoatShop is breaking ground on the next phase of the marine railways project in November 2018. We need volunteers to assist with installation in November and December 2018. The work revolves around low tides, so there are specific dates and times volunteers are needed. Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.

Docents / Tour Guides

Docents conduct guided tours of the Eddon Boatyard. They provide a brief history of the Eddon Boatyard and the Gig Harbor BoatShop, offer explanations of our programs, tour the boatyard, and describe our current projects. Docents will be trained and asked to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per month.  Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.

Facility Maintenance Projects

The Eddon Boatyard, a 70-year-old waterfront facility, requires continual attention.  Numerous facility maintenance and upgrade projects are planned or currently underway.  Opportunities exist for those with excellent “handyman” skills, as well as for those with minimal hands-on skills. Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.

Boat Restoration / Maintenance

Our existing fleet of restored livery and programming boats requires maintenance.  This is an opportunity to work with our project leaders, our resident Boatwright, and other volunteers to learn and apply boat maintenance skills. Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.


Volunteers assist with BoatShop events such as our annual fundraising auction and concerts at the boatyard.  Activities include cleaning, setting up, serving refreshments, and breaking-down after the event is over. Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.


We have volunteer opportunities in retail, marketing, fundraising, and other administrative areas.  Email Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.


Call today (253) 857-9344

...or stop by the BoatShop and learn how you can help and be a part of history!