Return to glory for historical boats

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For some, she’s a newborn; for others, a grand old lady. Either way, the Thunderbird No. 2 needs her rest.

The classic wooden sailboat has been put to bed for the winter, six months after volunteers at the nonprofit Gig Harbor BoatShop finished a two-year renovation project.

They spent thousands of hours returning the boat to its former glory at the same place it was built and launched in 1959. Ed Hoppen owned the boatyard back then, and he built the sailboat in response to a contest from the local plywood trade association.

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