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Boat shop launches mentorship program

The Gig Harbor BoatShop has launched the first project of the new Maritime Mentorship Program.

The Maritime Mentorship Program, or MMP, is designed to provide an intensive, hands-on educational experience by pairing a master craftsman with college-age interns. Skills include boat restoration, building and repair.

The Gig Harbor BoatShop received a $12,000 grant from the Hagerty Educational Program at Lemay – America’s Car Museum.

The grant is funded by vehicle and classic boat collectors to serve youth and young adults in their careers in automotive restoration and preservation, along with the long-term interests of collector vehicle and classic boat communities.

The first project of the Maritime Mentorship Program will provide an intensive one-on-one mentor and intern environment. Mahogany runabout restoration expert Bruce Bronson will share detailed hands-on skills, techniques and restoration knowledge with one or two interns at a time. Interns will participate in one of the five intensive restoration phrases of a vintage 1964 Chris-Craft Super Sport runabout. This the first project will run for 16 months, one day a week, with the relaunch of the restored boat set for summer 2016.

The program’s first intern is Megan Winther, a Gig Harbor resident who will be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock next fall.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of the BoatShop and to work alongside a great craftsman like (Bronson),” she said.

The restoration project will be accessible for the public to view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays.