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Gig Harbor BoatShop Opens Boat-Building Workshops to Public

The Gig Harbor BoatShop will be accepting participants to help build a rowing boat with boat builder Tom Regan.

Gig Harbor BoatShop announces the Boat Builder for a Day workshop. On Saturday, March 3, boat builder Tom Regan and workshop participants will begin the boatbuilding process by setting up station molds for a classic 15’ 8” rowing boat. During the workshops Regan and students will use a combination of traditional and contemporary boat building techniques.

The workshop will be offered on most consecutive Saturdays until the boat is launched in mid-September. Students can sign up for one all-day session or for all the sessions. Throughout the workshop, the participants will learn how to set up a boat’s backbone, build the whole boat and even learn boat-building tasks.

“It’s a chance to build a boat without any of the commitments associated with building your own boat,” said Regan, who owns Grapeview Point Boat Works.

The non-profit Gig Harbor BoatShop,located at the historic Eddon Boatyard on the Gig Harbor waterfront, will provide the materials, tools and the ambience of working in a traditional woodstove-heated boatbuilding space. Up to six people can participate in any boatbuilding session. Gig Harbor BoatShop will sell the finished boat with proceeds benefiting its programming projects.

Sign-up and scheduling information can be found the Gig Harbor BoatShop website at www.gigharborboatshop.org or by calling 253-857-9344.

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