Eddon Boat Park

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Located at 3805 North Harborview Drive, this 2.89 acre historic boatyard site was acquired by the City in 2004 as a result of a voter approved bond to save Eddon Boatyard.  Acquisition of the site prevented the demolition of the historic site. The Boatyard building was restored in 2009 and leased to Gig Harbor BoatShop, a non-profit organization that provides traditional shipwright educational classes and programming to the public as part of the City's commitment to preserving the community's maritime heritage.

​​​The boatyard was constructed early in the 20th century.  The brick house was constructed in 1946.  In 1950, Ed Hoppen and Don Harter opened Eddon Boat.  Eddon Boatyard was the birthplace of the renowned 26-ft Thunderbird sailboat class (1958), and Ben Seaborn/Ed Hoppen design.

​Eddon Boat is a classic example of a family operated boatyard and is the last known facility of its type on the west coast. With two marine railways, a large boat shop of a height to accommodate a boat's superstructure, Eddon Boat is recognizable and unique to Gig Harbor's waterfront. The site is listed on the Gig Harbor Register of Historic Places and may be eligible for listing on the national register.

Features

  • restrooms
  • street parking
  • public pier
  • public float up to 2-hr moorage  (no fee)
  • public kayak launch 
  • life jacket loaner station
  • public viewing 
  • beach with sand and pedestrian water access
  • historic boat building and programs
  • public art - granite mussels