The Mathews Maritime Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop, also known as GIBS, is owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. GIBS includes a building, boat yard, 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.
The location of GIBS was once home to Gilbert Klingel’s Gwynn’s Island Boat Yard where he manufactured metal boats such as the Green Heron. This photo is from 1967.
And after that, Pulley’s Marine, as shown in this photo from 2003.
Currently, the Mathews Maritime Foundation leases a portion of the property for its Boat Shop operations. The Boat Shop shares the grounds with Rionholdt Once and Future Boats Ltd. The Foundation also has a partnership with RCC, who uses the facility to hold marine classes.
The Foundation’s Antique Boat Collection consists of three boats, Towbat, Green Heron, and Peggy of New Point. The Peggy is currently being renovated at the Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop, with a completion goal of mid 2013. This historic Mathews deck boat is already serving as a floating exhibit and teaching resource.
Since 2004, the Maritime Foundation has been accepting and selling donated boats through its Donor Boat Program. The Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop has allowed this program to really take hold with expanded storage, repair, and restoration space.
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