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Gig Harbor Boat Works

SmallSail02_insideGig Harbor Boat Works is one of the U.S. builders of traditionally styled small boats, including a 14-foot Whitehall, 16-foot New England dory and 15-foot Maine lobster boat.

Dave Robertson - founder of Gig Harbor (Wash.) Boat Works, a family business that builds classic trailerable dinghies that can be rowed, sailed or motored - and his small staff are turning out about 100 boats a year that they sell around the country (mainly on the East Coast) and around the world through their website.

All of the boats can be rowed and sailed or equipped with small outboards. Robertson outsources the glasswork and finishes each hull in the shop on his property. Customers can outfit their boats for individual use, either as pure rowing boats with single or tandem sliding seats, as rowing/sailing skiffs, or with outboards for fishing. Gig Harbor Boat Works also offers a rudder-mounted electric outdrive as an option.

Built from modern composite materials, these boats are light, so they sail and row well and are easy to trailer behind a family car. "Simple, but not dumbed down," Robertson says.

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