PSA - Lofting Class - carolafilmercom

By Don Reyes,2014-08-17 15:55
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PSA - Lofting Class - carolafilmercom

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Service Announement


    Guy Hoppen, President - Gig Harbor BoatShop (253) 278-4201 (CELL) -

    Carola Filmer, Marketing Gig Harbor BoatShop (253) 857-9344 or 851-2551-

    John McMillan, Treasurer Gig Harbor BoatShop (253) 858-1985

    Chris Erlich, Secretary Gig Harbor BoatShop (253) 229-6052

    Learn the Art of Lofting a Boat

    at the Gig Harbor BoatShop

    GIG HARBOR, WA April 1, 2010 The Gig Harbor Boatshop is offering two Lofting the

    Thunderbird Sailboat workshops during April and May. Lofting is the first step in building a new boat and class participants will experience hands-on boat building while learning a maritime tradition. Class participants will loft the Thunderbird Sailboat using the table of offsets and lines given in the original plans. Interested participants can take the first or second session, or both - and learn the

    ththstndprocess of lofting. Workshops are scheduled for April 17 & 18 and May 1 & 2 and will be taught

    by Steve Helgeson, Program Director at the Gig Harbor BoatShop, located at 3805 Harborview Drive in downtown Gig Harbor. Once completed, the loft will be preserved and used for a variety of purposes in Gig Harbor BoatShop’s on-going work with the Thunderbird Sailboat. Class is limited to 6 participants per weekend class and fee is $150.00 for members and $165.00 for non-members. For more information or to register call (253) 857-9344 or link to the workshop on our registration page at


    Lofting involves drawing the design of the vessel full scale on the loft floor. Once the initial design is laid down, the lines are “faired”, a process of correcting minor errors in the design caused by the small scale in which designs are created. Once the fairing is complete, the builder uses the loft to generate all of the patterns and templates necessary to setup and build the hull. Building on the history of boatbuilding as one of Gig Harbor’s defining industries, the Gig Harbor BoatShop is a local not-for-profit organization created to preserve, interpret and perpetuate Gig Harbor's working waterfront. GHB recognizes the contribution that working waterfront families have made, and continue to make, to both Gig Harbor's and Washington state's diverse social, economic, political and cultural history.

    For more information about our public tours, programming and our mission, please visit our website at


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