Hello! It’s been a busy month here at the boat shop as you’ll see from our updates. The end of the new boat line is moving quickly towards summer so if you are in a hurry for a boat, check out the boats that are on the Available Now listings. If you want a custom boat for this summer, now is the time to call. We are open Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm. But if you want a chance to go out on the water for a test ride, please call ahead at Contact us, as we are busy folk down here at the shop.

You may have noticed that we have been doing some more work on our web site. We have some artwork of a Whitehall which we’ve added to the bottom of the pages to spruce things up. We’ve moved the ‘HOW TO’ Rig your Sailboat from the FAQ page out to the menu on the left so you can find it easier. We’ve added more details about our Footstops to their own page from the FAQ page, and added a Custom Colors page to talk about colored gel coats. There is a new page to talk about roller furling for the jib. Some questions from one of our customers generated another FAQ, this time about Anchors.

We have done all of this so that you can find out what you need to know faster and easier, and to show you what our boats are capable of. We invite you to look around and let us know if anything else needs our attention.

In February, the guys from Oar Northwest brought their boat down for some measurements for their Atlantic Challenge. Our current plan is to build a seat and track system using the Melonseed as the basis for the design. We took some measurements and photos and think we have a plan that will work.



A photo of the specialized ocean dory they are going to use.


Another photo of the dory.


A photo of three of the crew and our adventure dog!


A photo of the hatch, and if you look close, and you’ll see our sponsorship logo!

The offical web site for this effort is Oar NorthWest. We are sure that they can use any help that you can give them.

As you can see from the photos, we’ve got our work cut out for us. This boat is a lot larger than anything we build, these rowers are in peak condition, and we all know how unforgiving and heartless the sea can be. But Dave knows engineering and boats, so we are confident that we will be up to the job.

Gig Harbor Boats is a family business. So when one of our family comes down to do a quality control inspection, we know that no detail on our boats will be overlooked.



Checking the Centerboard on our Jersey Skiff.


Checking the centerboard and the sliding seat.


Inspecting the port storage locker.


Measuring the size of the cup holder on a Navigator Dinghy.


Making sure that the genoa fairlead block spins freely.


Making sure that the mainsheet and cam block are rigged correctly and run free.

Wheewww! Looks like we passed inspection this time! No doubt you will be just as pleased with our boats.

So that’s all the news for now. We’ll be posting some more photos as the work on these seats progresses. And if you write in and send photos, we’ll be glad to put them up. So check back and look for our up and coming newsletters!