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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.

Willits Canoe

Willits Canoe

Historic Willets Brothers South Sound Classic Rental Boat


Built in Tacoma and restored by Gig Harbor BoatShop volunteers, this iconic canoe is a treasure. Aficionados prize this canoe for its unique double-planked design and meticulous construction. Brothers Earl and Floyd Willits built less than 1,000 canoes on Day Island from 1905 – 1962. Treat yourself to a rare chance to paddle a Willits! Capacity: 400 pounds. Seats: 2-3. Length: 16’-9”. Year built: 1920s. Power: human.