Sailing Dinghies

Quick to Rig. Fun to Sail.
Go wherever the wind takes you in our fun-loving sailboats that keep things simple.

From Classic Sailing Dinghies to Modern Day Trailer-Sailers.

We believe that the easier it is to sail your boat, the more you will use it (and the more you’ll love it). Our small car-toppable or trailerable sailboats make the sailing lifestyle easy and accessible. The rigging is simple to learn and quick to set up, so you can be rigged and ready in a matter of minutes. 

At Gig Harbor Boat Works, we’re known for building sailing dinghies that are as versatile as they are beautiful. Our premium sailing dinghies are modern fiberglass versions of traditional wooden working boats, which were used by people who earned their living using only wind and oar. Our sailboats all have enclosed flotation, and some models even have self-bailing capabilities that make them safe and fun for adventurous small craft sailors.

Our Best Sailboats

Every boat in our model line has both rowing and sailing capabilities. However, some of them are sailboats that can be rowed, and others are rowboats that can be sailed. We’ve highlighted the ones that make the best sailboats here. We love talking with you about how you envision using your boat, so contact us if you’d like help selecting the best boat for you!

17' Salish Voyager

The sailing rowboat made for adventure. Built-in flotation, self-bailing cockpit, and ample dry storage options so you can outfit yourself for longer human-powered expeditions. A single sliding seat is standard; tandem upgrade available. The balanced lug rig is beginner-friendly and simple to use.

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17' Jersey Skiff

The classic workboat design from the Jersey Shore, updated for modern life. A full sloop rig for sailing in a wide variety of wind conditions, with many custom upgrades available. Includes one sliding rowing seat that can be fixed into place for tandem rowing with a friend. Seats up to 4 passengers.

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The seaworthy “microcruiser” sailboat that spawned a worldwide movement. Includes self-bailing floor, water ballast tank, and tons of dry storage. Has an optional convertible camping cover for overnight adventures! 

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16' Melonseed

Based on the traditional design from Chesapeake Bay, updated with enclosed flotation and sliding rowing seats (tandem upgrade available). A great trailer-sailor for couples who want to take rowing-sailing day trips together.

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12' Point Defiance

An incredibly versatile dinghy equally well-suited to rowing or sailing, beamy enough for comfort while fishing and crabbing. No sliding seat, but can be rowed solo or tandem on fixed seats. Great for teaching kids to sail, or as a tender for larger yachts. Sail it as a cat rig with mainsail only or add the included jib for more versatility.

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10' Navigator

An ideal sailing dinghy for the solo sailor who wants a lot of fun in a small package! Rows beautifully, too. A convenient size for suspending from davits or sidemounting on your yacht’s transom. Includes cat-rigged mainsail, or add the optional jib & bowsprit for a full sloop rig. Weighs only 90 lbs!

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In Praise of the Trailer Sailer

Trailer Sailer? Pocket Yacht? Call it what you like, but when it comes to sailing, a small boat can actually work to your advantage:

  • See a nice breeze you want to take advantage of? Our sailboats sail very well in light air, so you don’t need much wind at all to get moving… head out and catch the wind whenever the opportunity strikes.
  • Our sailing skiffs can be rigged in 15 minutes or less, and are easy to sail singlehanded. When it’s this simple to get yourself under sail, you can spend less time fussing with your boat and more time sailing. 
  • With a trailerable boat, there’s no need to pay for moorage, and there’s minimal annual maintenance since your boat isn’t living in the water. Lower cost of ownership for a sailboat that you get to sail more often? Sounds like a great deal to us. 

Check out the video above to see how easy it is to launch and retrieve even the largest sailing skiff we make—our 17′ Salish Voyager.

Custom Options

We custom build each boat to order, so you can take home exactly the sailboat you want. Decide what model suits you best, then customize it to fit your unique needs. (We’re here to help when you need us.)

A few popular options:

Gelcoat Color

Our standard rowboat comes in classic white — but we can add gelcoat color to personalize your boat or coordinate it with your mother ship. See color options >>

Wood Trim

Get the timeless look of a traditional wood boat by upgrading your boat’s vinyl rubrail to a laminated wood sheer. (Shown here on our 14′ Whitehall.) See examples of our custom woodwork >>

Inflatable Sponsons

Are you a new sailor learning the ropes, or do you have passengers who aren’t yet comfortable sailing at heel? These inflatable, removable tubes add 300 lbs of floatation per side and keep the gunwale from dipping below the surface of the water. They make great bumpers when you’re at the dock, too! See how they work >>

Made in the USA: Gig Harbor, WA

Our Heritage

Gig Harbor Boat Works is a local homegrown company founded in 1986. We are small craft specialists, using our experience as boaters and craftsmen to create boats that combine traditional design with modern materials and conveniences.

Almost 40 years later, our boats are still proudly built here in Gig Harbor, WA and we are recognized for excellence in the small craft community worldwide.

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Curbside Shipping Nationwide

Proudly made in Gig Harbor, WA, carefully packaged, and shipped to your doorfrom sea to shining sea.


How do I place an order ?

We don’t currently have online checkout, so we recommend filling out our online quote form or calling us at 253-851-2126 to consult with our customer service team. Once we discuss your order we’ll generate an official quote from our accounting system. When you’re ready to accept your quote and proceed with the order, a 25% refundable deposit secures your place on our build list.

How long will it take to build my boat ?

Seasonality can impact build times greatly, but we strive to keep delivery times down to 2-3 months from the time we receive your order. Contact Us for current waitlist status.

Can I use an outboard motor with your boats ?

Yes, our boats are USCG rated for up to a 2HP outboard motor. In fact, most of our models include a built-in motorboard on the transom for this purpose. (The others can be outfitted with an outboard motor bracket that provides the necessary support.) We recommend a short-shaft motor with a reverse gear. If your motor doesn’t have a reverse gear, you will need a long-shaft motor to clear the skeg when reversing.

Where I can see your boats ?

We regularly exhibit at the Seattle Boat Show and around the Pacific Northwest, and welcome visitors at our boatshop in Gig Harbor, WA. If you’re further afield, we recommend taking a look at our YouTube for an up-close look at our boats, and asking around at your local marina. We’ve been building boats since 1986 so there are a good number out there, and we have a stellar reputation for quality work!

P.S. At this time we do not have dealerships, we only sell direct-to-consumer with no middle man marking up our prices.

The Buzz About Us

A Year in the Wild

“The Voyager was small enough and light enough to get into smaller bays or inlets, but would also give us more storage than our kayaks ever could.”

Nancy Pfeiffer, an adventurer who spent a year exploring the wilds of Alaska in our Salish Voyager with her husband, Fredrik

See cover story in Northwest Yachting, Feb 2023

Impressive Handling

“I was impressed that the boat’s 125 lbs was so easy to handle. Two adults should be able to lift and walk with the boat if that’s required. . . .  a boat that can be launched from and reloaded on a trailer singlehandedly.”

– Small Boats Magazine, April 2023

Smooth Rowing

“The Salish Voyager enable[s] the rower to keep speed up with slow, steady strokes. The Voyager’s better rowing ergonomics and smooth sliding seats also improve performance, and with two sliding seat stations, horsepower can of course be doubled.”

– Small Craft Advisor Magazine, Jan/Feb 2021

Speedy Solo Rowing

“I maintained a GPS-measured 4 knots at a relaxed pace, 4.7 knots at an aerobic-exercise effort, and hit 5 knots in a short sprint.”

– Small Boats Magazine, Apr 2023

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