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Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop

The Mathews Maritime Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop, also known as GIBS, is operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. GIBS includes a rented shop building, marina, storage lot, and eight water slips. This waterfront facility allows us to expand our offering of hands-on learning and vocational programs such as family boatbuilding, maritime restoration, boating safety and navigation, and boat yard operations.

A Little History

The location of GIBS was once home to Gilbert Klingel’s Gwynn’s Island Boat Yard where he built steel hulled boats such as the 75’ ketch the Clementine (on left) and the 62’ yacht Manteo (on right). The smaller boat is the 31’ intrepid design sloop the Pleiades shown with Klingel working on it. Photo 1967.

And Pulley’s Marine, as in this photo from 2003. Currently, the Maritime Foundation leases a portion of the property for its Boat Shop operation.

Historic Renovations

The Foundation’s antique boat collection includes the Peggy of New Point, Freya, and Green Heron. Peggy of New Point (above), an historic Mathews deck boat, was renovated at the Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop in 2013, and serves as a floating exhibit and teaching resource. Click here to learn more on the Peggy of New Point blog.

Freya (shown above sailing home to Gwynn's Island), is a 30’ full keel sloop built in 1953. She was the 1st boat built at Gilbert Klingel's Gwynn's Island Boat Yard, and returned there in 2017. For more about Freya, follow this link to

Green Heron (above), is a 30’ Klingel design built in 1977, and was the last boat built at the Gwynn's Island Boat Yard. Nicknamed “Creek Crawler”, the Green Heron was used for exploring the upper reaches of local waterways.

Want to help with restorations? Contact us.

Slip Rentals

There are 8 water slips at GIBS. Call Pete or Dave for slip availability, rental fees, and restrictions, or email them at

Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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(804) 725-4444


Mailing address:

Mathews Maritime Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109-1201

Gwynn's Island Boat Shop
Boat slips available.

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