Gig Harbor BoatShop Awarded RPM Foundation Grant to Support the Maritime Mentorship Program
GIG HARBOR, WA –Gig Harbor BoatShop, a maritime non-profit organization, is the recipient of an $3,500 grant from the RPM Foundation. The grant will support the Maritime Mentorship Program (MMP), a strategic project central to the BoatShop’s mission to perpetuate working waterfront skills, uses, and traditions at the historic Eddon Boatyard and aboard classic vessels of Puget Sound.
RPM Foundation granted $3,500 to support the MMP’s third project, restoring a 1941 Chris-Craft 101 Deluxe, a classic 16’ wooden runabout. The third project will offer six paid internships to young adults who will be paired with a master shipwright in a hands-on master/apprentice environment to learn boat building, boat repair, and boat restoration skills.
The BoatShop is seeking additional grant funding to support the project. The MMP is designed to introduce a new generation to boat building, repair, and restoration, to foster an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship, and to build awareness of the maritime trades and the role they continue play on our working waterfront. Interns are provided a rare opportunity to learn from an artisan craftsman that is passionate about his trade.
The MMP was implemented in April 2015. Its first project, restoration of a 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport, was completed in June 2016. The second project, constructing an Iain Oughtred-designed sailing dinghy, is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017. To date, the MMP has provided 10 young adults with internships.
RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive / marine restoration and preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit www.rpm.foundation for more information.
More information about the MMP and other offerings at Gig Harbor BoatShop may be found at www.gigharborboatshop.org or by contacting the BoatShop at (253) 857-9344.