Our annual roundup of boatbuilding projects from Maine and beyond features all the usual suspects—sailboats, powerboats, rowboats and paddle craft, runabouts, luxury cruisers, reproductions built to exacting historical standards, and modern designs that incorporate solar panels and electric auxiliary power. There is a continuity of craft that travels with the boats featured in the following pages. The replica of a wooden colonial trading vessel reminds us of the pivotal role that boats have always played in journeys, beginnings, survival, and trade. Then there is the underlying principle that moves beyond practicality, or transportation, to the simple joy of being under way, of water, of heading out from the familiar and the static to the possibilities held by the wind and tide, and the gift of a little time. So sit back, soak in this collective snapshot of design and craftsmanship, and dream about the warm summer winds that will be here before we know it. Click on any page above to view the entire Boats of the Year 2008 section as it appeared in Issue #103 of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. For generations of New England sailors, classic 17?-foot knockabouts are often regarded as esteemed members of the family: they are the stuff of which memories are made and a tie that binds generations together. Unfortunately, most knockabouts were not built to last more than 15 to 20 years, according to Alec Brainerd, wooden boat builder and owner of Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine.
Artisan Boatworks draws on the extensive archives of Herreshoff, Crowninshield, Fife, Starling Burgess, John Alden, Sparkman & Stephens, Joel White, and others in an effort to remain true to a classic’s design, whether it be new construction or a rebuild.
In 2006 Brainerd built a brand-new 17?-foot Dark Harbor named Phoenix for Bill Saltonstall, whose family has owned at least five Crowninshield knockabouts over the years. With the Phoenix experience under his belt, it was not a huge surprise to Brainerd when Polly Saltonstall, a cousin of Bill’s and the great-grandniece of B.B. Because Saltonstall wanted to race the boat competitively, she had the traditional hardware replaced with modern Harken gear. The design requirements for Sea Toy were good visibility, the ability to run smoothly and an interior with all the modern amenities while retaining a classic look. Billings Diesel had some insight into what Rhodes’s likes and dislikes were as a result of his 30-year relationship with the yard. With the customer’s four major requirements as their mantra—the boat had to have good visibility, be easy to handle, be extremely quiet, and be extremely smooth running—the Billings team went to work.
Once Sea Toy’s hull and top arrived in Stonington, the challenge of building the comforts of a 50-footer into a 38 began. To ensure that the boat would be quiet during operation, the Billings crew worked closely with the Soundown Corporation of Salem, Massachusetts. When it comes to living space, Sea Toy’s interior gives the impression of a much larger boat, with a spacious layout and good visibility. With a nod to the classic styling of Rhodes’s old 50-footer, Billings raised Sea Toy’s sheer and extended the housetop aft. A slow-turning QSL-9 Cummins (405 horsepower at 2,100 rpm) proved to be a nice match for the hefty 38.
Sea Toy was launched in time to be shown off at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland last August, and the boat definitely made an impression. Katrinka’s extensive refit included a reversion to its original yawl rig after years as a sloop. Until the past summer, it was probably safe to say that the average Joe Plumber didn’t associate Brooklin Boat Yard with anything but wooden boats. With the re-launching of the completely refurbished Bill Tripp, Jr., cruiser Katrinka, anyone contemplating a state-of-the-art refit (or even new construction) in “composites,” had better add Brooklin to their checklist. Experts in professional boatbuilding couldn’t find a better test case for “secondary-bonding” techniques—even though the test wasn’t intentional—than that represented by Katrinka’s makeover. I am at pains to emphasize that not only the hands-on work but also all the head-scratching took place entirely on the Brooklin Boat Yard premises.
Fresh—part scientist, part technician—and people like him define the vast dichotomy between “glass work” and “composites technology.” Dave began his trade in the Seattle area. I’ll speculate that, while there are many examples of plank-on-frame refits in Maine where nearly all the parts of the boat are replaced, Katrinka is probably the most complete restoration ever done in the state on a fiberglass sailboat. At this point, surveying was done that revealed cracks in the hull’s longitudinal stringers, which were replaced.
There will be some youngsters who will wonder why the owner would lavish such attention on a boat such as this. People of my generation see the likes of Katrinka as the ultimate example of a Bill Tripp, SORC-dominating, Cruising Club of America rule-beater. With confidence in the company and their legendary boats, Joel and his captain, Gene Pelland, approached Don Ellis and the yard’s designer Brian Walls with a new project.
Joel values semi-displacement lobsterboat hull designs for their seakeeping ability offshore, but he also wanted the look of a retro sportfisherman. Joel, Ellis, and Walls worked hard to get all of the yacht’s distinctive curves just right, grabbing a bit here and a bit there from the classics. Argos’s semi-displacement composite hull is vacuum-bagged Core-Cell construction using biaxial E-glass. Argos was a departure for a yard that has been building traditional downeast yachts for more than 60 years, but driven by the boat’s success, Ellis has added the design to its standard lineup of lobsteryachts. Don Ellis’s collaboration with Billy Joel has proven to be a hit for both the iconic boatbuilder and the Piano Man. Almost the same skills are required to restore a traditionally built wooden sailboat as to build a brand-new one.
It is commonly known along this coast that if you were to bundle all these technical and attitudinal abilities into the soul of a single individual, you’d be describing Maynard Bray. Though French & Webb of Belfast are best known as custom builders using modern boatbuilding methods, Bray knew by instinct that they had the capability and attitude to undertake this rather monumental task.
All three boats had suffered some change in shape over the approximately 100 years of their lives, and it was obvious that referral to original design sources would be crucial.
Early Herreshoff boats didn’t use lines plans, since their shape was expanded numerically off carved pine or basswood half models, so yacht designer Doug Hylan was recruited to fair up a lines plan from the Herreshoff lofting notations preserved at the museum. There is a boundary where explicit accuracy in historic restoration crosses good sense and sound judgment.
Nearly every piece of wood was replaced, though the actual types of wood were the same as in the originals.
Kathy Bray, Maynard’s daughter, guided some of the decorative aspects of the reconstruction, including the custom mixing of the topside and bottom colors, and painted the rigged profile illustration. With these three gaffers, French & Webb has established itself among the go-to yards that specialize in refurbishing classically styled wooden sailboats. It was only a matter of time before Doug Zurn, a talented young designer based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, got together with the likes of Lyman-Morse in Thomaston, Maine. The catalyst for this project, as is so often the case, was an experienced boating couple with a dream boat in mind. As with Zurn’s MJM boats Mad Max mixes understated traditional good looks with modern composite construction. The Joneses plan to cruise the entire east coast in their new floating home before transiting the Panama Canal and heading north up the west coast and settling in the Pacific Northwest. As to performance, Doug Zurn reported that during the initial sea trials Mad Max jumped up on a plane quite readily, exhibited excellent handling characteristics, and surpassed the projected top speed of 31 knots.
The latest custom project from Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor is the 57-foot offshore pilothouse sloop, Circe. Circe is geared toward single-handed and short-handed sailing, and as such the rig is manageable with a mast height of 79'10" above the waterline. As with all Morris Yachts, the interior joinery, featuring satin-varnished teak, is flawless and graceful. Circe’s centerboard is raised and lowered via a fluted stainless-steel box and pipe mounted to the centerboard trunk.
The heart of Circe’s integrated electronics system is an Ethernet-based network that includes graphic displays that are easy to read, weather-tight, and capable of providing up to 18 pages of information. The new yacht is testimony to the owners’ vision in bringing together talented collaborators. From working boat to pleasure craft: This old-school Jonesport-type lobsterboat has been given a new lease on life. The advent of fiberglass coupled with the introduction of lighter weight but powerful diesel engines began to change the look of lobsterboats over time. The final decline in wooden lobsterboats started in the early 1980s, as they were largely iron fastened. In the spring of 2002, the half-century-old Lindsay D (then named the Annie M) was not yet on its last legs, but it was certainly limping.
Late in the fall of 2004, Lindsay’s beloved wooden Gower lobsterboat was put away for the last time.
Salvation came when a wealthy Islesboro summer resident began poking around Pendleton Yacht Yard and discovered the Lindsay D.
When the Lindsay D finally got to the shop floor it was stunning how bad its condition was. The first step was to block, jack, and drop sections of the hull until it had its original shape. Now completed and awaiting another summer of use, this shiny “new” Jonesport-style lobsterboat gracefully tugs at its mooring line.
Following an ocean-racing career, Ocean Planet is ready for a new life in the racing and charter trade. When most people think of the boats built by Robinhood Marine Center, they think of wholesome, traditionally handsome cruisers. Besides the structural work, the crew stripped, faired, and repainted the bottom and topsides. Rockport Marine has become a specialist in the construction of Colonial-era reproductions.
For those who study maritime history, especially the history of shipbuilding in Colonial America, it seems that people did the impossible. Charles Towne Landing originally featured a 70-foot “colonial ketch” designed by Bill Baker in 1970 and built by Jim Richardson for the colony’s tercentennial celebration. Meanwhile, project manager Marty Allwine had a conversation with Rockport Marine’s yacht designer Sam Chamberlin. That glitch and its solution may have eaten up a couple of weeks, but Adventure was launched, sailed down the east coast, and came to the dock at Charles Towne Landing in Old Towne Creek on Saturday, October 25, 2008, nearly a month ahead of the contract deadline. The owner and Paul Rollins collaborated on the creation of a solid, beautiful cruising home for the family’s travels. One of the great visual treats of the Maine coast is the number of schooners that ply the waters, from historic vessels in the windjammer fleet to the occasional new builds whose launches are still the community affairs that most launchings once were. Built for veteran circumnavigator Sid Imes and his family, Magnolia is what Maine shipbuilding is all about. Paul Rollins is one of but a handful of builders for whom a vessel like Magnolia is possible. Paul Rollins’s son, Paul, Jr., worked throughout the build of Magnolia and the delivery south, and has since managed the yacht as captain.
In design, execution and equipment, this vessel is a refreshing change from the overloaded, over-electrified, and over-equipped passagemakers characteristic of today’s custom builds. While the rest of us porch-bound voyagers will miss having another Maine schooner in our home waters, Magnolia will follow the trades as have many before. We can only envy the Imes family as they see the world from the deck of a Maine-built schooner, a most rare opportunity in the twenty-first century. Last summer I visited the John Williams Boat Company yard, a picturesque operation located in a former granite quarry at the appropriately named village of Hall Quarry, halfway up Somes Sound, on Mt. I’m quite sure that neither yard owner Jock Williams nor the boat’s designer, the late Lyford Stanley, would mind having the 28 compared to those beauties that Raymond Bunker and Ralph Ellis built back then. Actually, the Williams 28 was born as the Stanley 28, a popular, small, lobsterboat-styled day boat. Lyford Stanley designed boats the traditional way, by building a half-model and working away at it “until she looked just right,” then taking off the lines.
The sea was calm when I went along for the sea trials, but obliging lobstermen provided us with enough wakes to take at full speed.
The engine is soft mounted, which certainly contributes to the quiet and the vibration-free ride. The Williams 28 is truly a modern take on going-back-to-basics: simple where no extra bits are needed (a head and holding tank are tucked away under the foredeck), subtly engineered where necessary (hand-holds cut out in the windshield frame contribute to the overall appeal). Better ideas might not always be appreciated at first—after all, Raymond Bunker went back to building his lobsteryachts after his one experiment with an open-cockpit runabout—but 50 years later Williams has picked up where Bunker left off. One of the catch-phrases of our time is “pushing the envelope.” In boatbuilding, Maine is widely respected for technical innovation, but what few boating writers realize is that the boundaries of boatbuilding are truly pushed only when one gets outside the envelope.
After pushing our best minds as far outside the envelope as we could, MBH&H created the ideal vehicle to stretch the boundaries of our obsession, the zucchini.
The First Annual Great Pen Bay Zucchini Boat Regatta and Design Competition was held at the 2008 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in August.
Frustrated by a market filled with hard-riding, cramped rigid inflatables, Grant Parkins of GP Engineering decided it was time to design and build a RIB that would satisfy the most discerning customer = himself. An avid outdoor sportsman and highly-experienced marine engineer, Grant knew what features were vital to ensuring high-performance handling, passenger comfort and safety, room for diving, fishing and hunting gear, and flexible configuration to accommodate various activities. In 1996 he launched his first hand-crafted alloy-hulled rigid inflatable boat and he named her, Wavebreak. Designed to provide optimal room and stability, Wavebreaks endure rugged treatment without compromising rough water performance or safety. Our RHIB models include Bare (tiller-style), Centre-Console, Sport, Jetboats and Outboard Jet Boats, Blue-Water Cruisers and Offshore Series. Each and every Wavebreak is individually constructed by Grant Parkins in our workshop in Nelson. Our hands-on approach and accessibility enables customers to talk directly to us before, during and after construction and delivery. The Wavebreak's superiority is proven: Maritime Operator Safety System Build Certification is available for coastguard, rescue, police, tour, boat hire and other commercial operations. Wavebreaks are built to exceed strict survey standards as administered by Ministry of Primary Industries and other international organizations. Both recreational and commercial users agree that the Wavebreak delivers what is promised: our outboard models provide smooth dry rides in rough seas and our jetboats allow fast, confident navigation over rocky riverbeds.
Each and every Wavebreak is handcrafted using only the finest marine-grade materials available.
Wavebreaks are available with standard features, customized from our extensive selection of options, or completely custom-built as one-off models. And because we are precision and marine engineers as well as boat builders, we can design and manufacture components necessary to suit particular needs. GP Engineering has built Wavebreaks for a variety of users including blue-water yachtsmen, commercial dive boats, deep-sea trawlers, recreational fishermen and divers, the Auckland Coast Guard, New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, NZ Sea Cadets, NZ Department of Conservation, various yacht clubs, tour operators and guest lodges.
Our hands-on approach and accessibility enable customers to talk directly to us before, during and after construction and delivery. These John Dory were drawn to the Wavebreak Sport, so Grant took advantage and snatched them up with a little bit of squid on a 20lb-test line. The sun was shining, birds were singing and the grouper were chomping in the Milford Sounds, Fiordland. We can provide the jetski parts you need for modifying, repairing or upgrading your watercraft. GP Engineering's custom-built alloy jetski trailers and jetski trolleys have no rivals when it comes to superior construction and great style. Our use of only the best components helps to ensure your jetski will be well-protected from harsh road and salt-water conditions, without compromising looks! We couple the highest standard of workmanship and products with fair and honest pricing, striving to exceed customer expectation and satisfaction. Seaward, builders of the famous Nelson all-weather pilot, harbour and work boats will be showing plans for a new 8-seat Nelson 42 Pilot Boat configuration alongside their extensive range at this month’s Sea Work 2013 International show at the ABP Port in Southampton. Seaward has been building rugged Nelson commercial and leisure motor boats for more than 3 decades, and all 254 of them are still hard at work. Indeed, the first Seaward built vessel was a 40 footer, which continues to provide sterling service in the Caribbean. Seaward’s latest Nelson 42 is a highly developed and refined version of earlier TT Designs, but now has an extensively developed hull form and a ‘floating’ wheelhouse, which reduces noise and vibration considerably – very important when pilot crews are out on station for 8 hours or more at a time.
The latest Seaward Nelson pilot boats are operating out of harbours as far afield as Denmark Tenerife and La Reunion. To discover more about the new extended wheelhouse Seaward Nelson 42 with eight seats, or discuss your particular requirements for a Seaward 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 35 40 or 42ft Nelson model, visit us on stand B69 at SeaWork 2013 between 25-27th June at Southampton.
Freedom Berthing members in the UK enjoy exclusive rewards and benefits such as staying at over 90 marinas for free, fuel at cost, discounts on boatyard services, free MDL WiFi and much more. Classics on the Quay - March EditionOn the 27th March 2016Do you own a classic car built before 1990? Posted: 19th February 2016Last year, MDL Marinas teamed up with Marwell Wildlife to announce MDL’s involvement in the public art extravaganza, Marwell’s Zany Zebras, which will take place this summer. Posted: 26th November 2015Our marina teams have done a brilliant job this year, working together to raise funds for some amazing charities. Our promise to you is to find a buyer in the shortest possible time, at a price that’s right. Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair and Advanced Rigging are an integral part of the Ancasta Group. Our dedication to providing you with a truly unrivalled level of service has led us to carefully select partners that ensure your dream continues each and every time you step aboard. NELSON 42 MK2 aft cabin, custom built in 2002 by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders ltd under supervision at the Agamemnon Boatyard.
The interior of 'Lady Hamilton of Beaulieu' has been beautifully constructed from teak, with upholstery in blue, and teak and holly sole boards covered by blue carpet throughout.

The owner of this boat had her built in order that he could commute safely and quickly, and single handed, in virtually any weather conditions between his home in Guernsey and the mainland. Wavebreak Jet RIBs set a new standard for innovative, well-designed and superbly constructed rigid inflatable jet boats. Our jet rhibs have undergone strict design evaluation and survey testing making them one of the few small jetboats eligible for placement in Maritime New Zealand's MOSS (formerly Safe Ship Management) programme for commercial operations. Designed and built exclusively in New Zealand Wavebreak Jets endure harsh conditions and rugged treatment without compromising performance or safety.
Our progressive design, loaded with safety features, sets the Wavebreak apart from others and enables you to explore more areas you wouldn't dare approach in less durable boats.
We only install motors that are specifically designed to withstand harsh marine conditions. Powered by your choice of either new 200hp Mercury Optimax, 120hp Turbo-Charged Textron Weber or reconditioned Polaris, these technologically-advanced motors are lightweight and provide perfect power-to-weight on our 3.8M to 5M jet boats. These high sides enable the Wavebreak to remain floating and more importantly, operational even with fully-deflated bladders. The alloy sides also form D-shaped pontoons which free-up floor space, providing excellent internal room and high freeboard. Wavebreak RHIBs feature heavy-duty inflatable butynol bladders encased and protected by puncture-resistant thermo-welded rip-stop polymer-coated outer bags. It takes practically an act of vandalism to puncture through the Wavebreak's protective outer bags and into its inflated bladders! But even if the unthinkable happened because our dual-layer pontoon system is removable, most repairs can be made with a simple truck tyre repair kit - right where you are!
The Wavebreak's inflatable pontoons can take heavy knocks without denting or splitting open - an important consideration when traveling through rocky rivers or choppy seas. Inflatable pontoons enable heavy loads to carried on the boat without compromising freeboard which is greatly appreciated by game hunters and paua divers.
Inflatable boats remain afloat even when full of water, and in the case of the Wavebreak because its battery is protected and the engine compartment water-tight, the motor will continue to run and the boat can be emptied in mere minutes. Wavebreak rigid inflatable boats are handcrafted: each boat is custom-built to satisfy your specific needs. Diverse interests convinced Grant Parkins, owner of GP Engineering, to design and manufacture the jet-powered RHIB.
Wavebreak rigid inflatable boats are designed, custom built, sold & serviced directly by GP Engineering of Nelson, New Zealand. We strive to exceed expectations, and being absolutely accessible to customers is key to our success.
We also build Wavebreaks to accommodate Outboard Jet units, which we can supply and install.
Many of our customers appreciate having the option to convert their traditional RIB from an outboard model to a jet boat at their whim - especially during whitebait season! The Wavebreak Outboard Jet features a modified hull specifically designed to facilitate the flow of water pass the hull and into the Outboard Jet unit, providing excellent power and maneuverability. By keeping a 19 degree deadrise, the Wavebreak Outboard Jet model also maintains a great ride in the sea. Lightweight with plenty of room for gear and passengers, our OB jet models are the perfect choice for those wanting to access both river and sea without having to own two kinds of boats!
Call us, email us or stop by our workshop - and experience the new standard in Rigid Inflatable Jet Boats! It goes beyond styling and sheerlines to pride in work well done, an honoring of past designs, and a blending of form and function. Downeast lobsterboat hulls speak to the nourishment and livelihoods derived from the sea, and the value of a time-tested design. Plan to wander the docks of the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, August 7-9, 2009, to step aboard fine vessels from these very builders and to see the latest designs.
Crowninshield in the early 20th century, Dark Harbor 171?2s—and their knockabout cousins in Bar Harbor and on North Haven Island—are making a comeback. It is no surprise to learn that a hand on the tiller brings back the memory of sultry summer days, a first sail, or a smoky sou’wester on the bay.
Crowninshield in 1908 and built for the Manchester (Massachusetts) Yacht Club, these gaff-headed sloops established themselves as an important one-design class that quickly spread to North Haven, Dark Harbor, and Bar Harbor, Maine. Brainerd also works closely with yacht clubs and class associations to ensure that Artisan’s reproductions and rebuilds are accepted and competitive on the race course.
Crowninshield, approached him about a refit of Frolic, a 1936 Dark Harbor 17? from Bucks Harbor that she had bought from her cousin Leverett Byrd. Saltonstall said that she could have done less and still kept the boat sailing but felt that Frolic deserved the work. The sails were cut by East Boothbay sailmaker Nat Wilson using modern sail cloth dyed to resemble traditional Egyptian cotton for a classic look. In fact, he recently rescued another 17?-foot knockabout, Winnona, which he found listed for sale in the Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide. Foley stressed that one of the keys to the yard’s success was good communication among the department heads, specifically paint shop foreman Doug Siebert, Greg Sanborn, and Foley himself. The casual observer would never suspect that a 12' x 4' section of the saloon floor can be lifted out if need be.
The yard services, stores, and brokers boats built of all materials, but their fame until now has been hewn and vacuum-bagged from wood. That’s because this hull and deck, having been built during the infancy (or at least the childhood) of fiberglass, were hyper-cured.
That’s where, because of the influence of Boeing, such technologies as carbon fiber, Nomex honeycomb core and S (structural) glass, chilled pre-impregnated fabrics, and autoclaves were first introduced to boatbuilding. First, decisions about work to be done were broadly outlined, such as the reversion from the current sloop rig back to the original yawl configuration, installation of carbon fiber spars and modern wire rigging, elimination of the wooden interior “ceiling,” completely upgrading all electronic and mechanical systems, making minor changes to the accommodations, and adding that teak deck. The boat also had a significant number of fiberglass “frames” that were broken or delaminating from the hull. Fewer, cleaner, and better-draining cowl ventilators were drawn up, and some clever changes were conceived for the interior.
And now that the nav station in the after stateroom faces forward, it is possible to speak directly with the cockpit crew through a perfectly located porthole. Like the infamous Touche, Katrinka’s predecessor and sister ship, but built of wood, the boat looks terrific in grey. The boat is a bit of Hemingway, a bit of Huckins, and a bit of Carolina boat and Rybovitch, all with a solid downeast pedigree.
They wanted to combine the best of Ellis’s hull design elements with an art-deco look from the 1940s and 1950s to create a solid offshore hull that worked for fishing yet would be at home stylistically in South Florida. He specified a center-console helm—a move toward a more southern style—in lieu of a bulkhead-mounted wheel. Guests won’t be clustered behind the helmsman, talking to the back of his head, nor will they be blocking the companionway. The choice of engine combined with the hull shape gives the boat the full range of cruising speeds typical of an Ellis semi-displacement boat and a top speed of about 30 knots. With head-turning classic looks, speed, and maneuverability the Ellis Patriot is sure to be a winner, from Monhegan to Miami. A thorough knowledge of the properties and handling characteristics of familiar boatbuilding woods is essential. This story of the rebirth of three exquisite antique Herreshoff gaff sloops in Belfast properly begins at his doorstep, in Brooklin.
A wealthy client residing there whose interests run to old and beautiful objects had long been fascinated by Herreshoff sailboats.
Armed with this testament of faith, it wasn’t long before French & Webb got a phone call out of the blue from Finland. Bray, who stayed on throughout the project as a consultant, approached Kurt Hasselbalch, curator of the Hart Nautical Collection at MIT for offsets. As these couldn’t be improved, new versions of some of these, and other metalwork, were made under subcontract by Bill Lowe, of Owl’s Head. French and Webb hired local marine artist Eric Green to decorate the cotton-duck pipe-berth cot, using it as a canvas for his artwork. Zurn has been involved in a number of intriguing projects of late, including designing custom, one-off boats for singer Billy Joel, and new production boats for Bob Johnstone, co-founder of the renowned J-Boats line of performance sailboats, who more recently founded the MJM line of powerboats.
Californians Sandy and Helen Jones were looking to retire; after years of cruising aboard a 35-foot sailboat, they wanted a large, comfortable powerboat. The resin-infused hull consists of a vinylester laminate vacuum-bagged over a Core-Cell foam core; much of the interior joinery is also a lightweight cored composite, skinned with lavish wood veneers.
The boat’s layout consequently was designed to accommodate an active liveaboard cruising couple that likes to entertain guests and family frequently.
In addition to the open, airy bridge deck and raised saloon area, there is also a “great room” with a wet bar and both lounge and counter seating down at galley level between the two staterooms. The galley features a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer, a four-burner electric induction stove, an electric oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, a garbage disposal, and a wine cooler.
Add to that a useful range in excess of 600 miles when traveling at a cruising speed of 21 knots, and you have one very versatile vessel. The concept and construction of this boat were the result of a group effort by the yacht’s owner, designer, and builder.
All sheets and control lines lead back to the cockpit and include a manual in-boom furling system and roller furling on the headstay. As he prefers not being relegated to Spartan accommodations, the boat has been equipped with air conditioning and a fully appointed walk-through galley with sizable counters. It has a retractable sunroof but is also heated for chilly nights and provides excellent visibility. The lifting pennant is led through the pipe to a deck block aft of the mast collar, then through a sheet stopper to a dedicated electric winch located on the starboard side of the coach top. A soft patch in the cockpit sole allows overhead engine-room access for the removal of the main engine should the need arise. DC power is supplied by two primary battery banks that are charged by the engine alternator and a battery charger. The skill and experience of Circe’s designer and builders are evident throughout, proof of what is possible when the best in the business join forces.
Born of a pedigree generations old, the Gower-built beauty represents the pinnacle of wooden lobsterboat construction. As lobster fishermen were able to move farther offshore, the need to carry more gear increased. It was bought by a nine-year-old girl named—what else?—Lindsay Durkee, who lived on the island of Islesboro in Penobscot Bay. Recognizing that the boat was one of the last of its kind, Lindsay’s father actively sought an owner who would preserve the boat and give it a new life. He bought the boat and asked PYY, no strangers to wooden boat restorations and rebuilding projects, to plan a total rebuild. The hull was twisted and out of shape, and the transom drooped like a wilting rose petal on a hot day. Wood that could be salvaged was reused; wood that was too far gone was replaced in a fashion true to the original.
A utilitarian boat lacking a yacht’s varnish and teak, it is fitted out as it should be with a simple bronze steering wheel on the forward bulkhead and a pot hauler by the rail. The company offers two classic semi-custom sailboat models and the Robinhood 33 poweryacht. Once you get to know the Robinhood crew, however, especially owner Andy Vavolotis, you learn that just under the placid surface is a raging need for speed. Schwab, sailing Ocean Planet, was the first American to complete the Vendee Globe single-handed ocean race (See MBH&H #86, Autumn, 2005).
Robinhood Marine went back to work on sensible boats for sensible people, but just one look in Andy Vavolotis’s eyes told me that another “need for speed” project couldn’t be too far away. Colonial shipbuilding took place outdoors, often in virtual wilderness, with varieties of wood that were chosen primarily because they were available. They were also involved in deep-sea commerce (as opposed to “coasting”) with the West Indies, the primary commodities being salt, molasses, and rum.
Today the state’s Division of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism operates Charles Towne Landing, an historical interpretive site on the Ashley River opposite the city. No matter how robust or well cared for they may have been, many succumbed to storms, groundings, and collisions.
It was planked with 1? inch cedar, the several wales and protective rub-strakes of seasoned white oak. Then, when the in-house designers were working out the installation of the engine and propulsion shaft, the required weight calculations drew attention to the overall trim and displacement. There was a celebration reminiscent of the old days when Paul Rollins’s latest big build, the schooner Magnolia, rolled down the road to the launch site in York at the end of 2007.
Deck hardware was installed and rigging was adjusted into March 2008, when the boat left for warmer climes.
Massively built of white oak frames, Douglas fir planking, some pretty amazing pieces of teak, and a stunning American cherry interior, the boat holds the promise of great adventures to come.
A protege of Bud McIntosh, Rollins started boatbuilding in 1974 by constructing a boat for himself; he has since gained a steady trade in wooden boatbuilding. A modest 5-kw generator will supply power under way and in port, and indicates that Imes intends Magnolia to spend its time as a sailing vessel in the classic sense of the word. Laurence LePage, known in aviation circles as a pioneer in the early development of the helicopter, approached Raymond Bunker, the renowned designer and builder of a long-lived series of traditional lobsteryachts.
So I feel comfortable when I say that when I walked down the gangplank to board the new boat I had one of those deja-vu moments. Clients from Buzzards Bay wanted an open-cockpit runabout, smaller than their current Stanley 36 but with the same seakeeping virtues.
When it came to structural integrity, though, tradition easily gave way to modern techniques—Stanley was all for those.
A second, similar flange is molded in at the sheer line to support the side decks and tie the whole assembly into a single structure.
The initial phase of our sea trial was conducted with the engine box open to allow the Yanmar mechanic who came along to electronically tune the 240-horsepower diesel. Another, less obvious feature is that the cockpit sole, which rests on two 2-inch fiberglass I-beams for additional support, floats on a layer of Sylomer, an “elastic interlayer,” as the manufacturer describes it.
While he, too, is known today for his elegant lobsteryachts, he is nevertheless also happily building bass boats using current technology. As Joan Miro, Catalan sculptor and painter pointed out, to truly soar one must start with one’s feet planted firmly on, or, in this case, in, the ground.
In addition to a handful of rogue entrants, desperate for something to do with the overabundance of zukes their gardens had produced, the competition attracted entries from Six River Marine of North Yarmouth, and Redfern Boat of Lamoine. This extended wheelhouse version allows such vessels to serve multiple ships and or provide personnel transfers.
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Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles in an effort to raise an additional ?1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team are hoping to smash! For ten weeks throughout the summer, starting on 16th July, zebra sculptures will inhabit the streets of Southampton, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild zebras and how the Southampton business community can make a difference. MDL’s popular Cleat Challenge, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will be making a welcome return. We scooped the award for our commitment to reducing carbon emissions across our marinas and our work protecting the environment. We couldn’t do it without your help, so we’d like to say a big thank you for being so generous and helping us to make a difference!At the beginning of the year, many of our marinas underwent a Red Nose Day makeover and we launched a social media initiative encouraging our berth holders and team to post selfies of themselves making their faces ‘funny for money’.
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Our flexibility in the manufacturing process ensures your boat is outfitted the way you want it. Our flexibility in the construction process ensures that your RHIB is outfitted exactly the way you want and need it. There is also evidence of a forward momentum that unites the practices of the past with modern innovations, such as the push for fuel efficiency and environmentally aware building practices.
Sailboats, from a knockabout to a pilothouse sloop, affirm that the wind continues to fill sails just as it always has. In the meantime browse through each of the featured boats listed below or click on the magazine image (which will open a new window) to see the entire article as it appeared in Issue #103 of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.
Current projects include a reproduction of a Herreshoff Watch Hill 15, a 1922 variation of an 1898 E-boat, more commonly known as a Buzzards Bay 15.
Saltonstall told Brainerd that the boat had been sailed until the day that she bought it and that it had been restored in the 1970s.
To ensure a glass-like finish the hull seams were filled with epoxy, splined, and faired, with the result being a hull that is not only easier to maintain but also stiffer. This was put to the test during the building of Sea Toy when Foley was literally flattened at one point by a continuing problem with his back, which required him to be airlifted from the boatyard by a Lifeflight helicopter. Isolating bulkheads and fuel tanks, installing double-gasketed hatches and a floating floor, along with making the previously mentioned core choices, created an extremely quiet boat in the end, but also contributed to the already existing space issues during construction. Designed in 1969 and laminated into being in 1970, the hull consisted of a single, resin-rich skin of woven and chopped strands in a hand-saturated polyester goo.

Both the hull and the deck were given a new “cored” structure, not for strength, but for sweat prevention, sound insulation, and appearance, and also to help offset the weight of a new 800-pound teak deck. Fresh went on to whet his skills at Morris Yachts and Boston Boatworks, and has become a vital hand in the Brooklin Boat Yard crew. Fortunately, a good part of the technique was familiar, because the yard has been building boats using epoxy resin and vacuum-bagging since 1981. This was the point at which coring the hull began to enter the discussion, the logic being that it would be easier and better to strengthen the skin with core, rather than add lots of framing that would make installing the interior more difficult.
The latter included reversing the aft-facing navigation station in the after cabin and concocting ingenious sliding and double-duty doors for the forward stateroom and head. The pre-McPherson suspension and steering is not much more sophisticated than that of a cattle cart. His keen eye for design and understanding of what goes into the engineering of a good boat led him back to Maine and the Ellis Boat Company in Southwest Harbor, where, 10 years ago, he took delivery of a 28-foot Ellis lobsterboat. The result, Argos, named for an ancient Greek ship, is a dramatic departure from the Ellis lobsteryacht look.
The center console was a radical departure for Ellis; it is fitted with electric lifts, and tilts up for unencumbered access to the engine compartment below. The seats aboard Argos are arranged fore and aft, an arrangement that improves access below and out to the deck. The deckhouse settees can double as berths should the need for additional sleeping space arise. Argos is extremely quiet thanks to the Ellis’s “Silent Service” sound-reduction floor and a suspended-component exhaust system. A great deal more ornamental bronze and porcelain—fixtures and hardware, including ornate, custom fold-down Pullman sinks and heads—came from Historical Arts & Casting, of Michigan.
Zurn’s MJM designs, featuring modern composite construction techniques and traditional styling, have set new standards for blending speed with fuel efficiency.
They visited Lyman-Morse’s yard in 2005 to discuss possibilities, and the folks there, after hearing the Joneses out, at once gave Zurn a ring. The hull is relatively narrow, with a deadrise of 18 degrees, and has an efficient and seakindly motion.
The master stateroom with a full king-sized berth is amidships, with an ensuite head and shower. While outdoors, guests can comfortably gather both on the flybridge, accessed via an elegant handcrafted spiral stairway at the after end of the saloon, or in the aft cockpit, which is split level. Auxiliary fridges are found in both the saloon and on the flybridge, plus there’s an ice maker in the great room wet bar.
The Fontaine Design Group of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, drew the plans for the elegant Circe, which is vaguely reminiscent of an earlier Fontaine design, Amelia3.
The comfortable main saloon has a concealable flat-screen television, a bar, and a U-shaped settee that converts to a double berth.
The hull sheathing is creamy white; it is offset by a teak and maple sole sealed with durable polyurethane. The helm was designed with comfort and practicality in mind—the hard dodger should keep the watch crew dry and smiling. A 12-inch LCD computer display is mounted on the starboard side of the nav area in the hard dodger. A working boat, its lines were never analyzed by marketing directors or agonized over by naval architects.
Hydraulic pot haulers and wire traps became the norm, and a new generation of wider, flatter boats was born. This is especially true of iron in oak, which is acidic, and was the primary wood for boat frames in New England.
Some went to novice “fixer-uppers,” whose chainsaw-and-glue carpentry or application of fiberglass sheathing did little to prolong their life.
Lindsay then fished the boat with her father for three years, until such time that the battle with deterioration became a losing one; the boat was almost literally held together by a thick coat of paint, threaded rod, and turnbuckles. Mark Clayton, service manager at Pendleton Yacht Yard on Islesboro, stepped up to the plate. An interesting request by the new owner was that the yard would allow his seven-year-old son to help with the rebuild during the summer. The keel was mostly sound but the iron fastenings had already had their way with the planks and frames. Instead of cutting down to the keel and building what would essentially be a new boat, wood was removed and replaced piece by piece.
And that is how it should be, as the new owner plans to fish with his son (using a recreational license), who is now about the age that young Lindsay was when she first began hauling traps with her father. These are boats that will get you there and back without much fuss, boats of ample displacement built for folks who know the beauty of moderation. Schwab has made Maine his land base for a number of years, and many in the boating community have helped him further his racing goals. A centerpiece exhibit there is Adventure, a near-replica of a typical trading vessel of the time of Charleston’s founding. Among those that escaped such fates, the fishing boats in the northern colonies fared the best, outlasting seagoing “common carriers” because of the combined preservative effect of salt and fish-oils.
Because of limited state funds for maintenance and a few unlucky bits of wear-and-tear associated with being a “prop” in the movie Roanoke, the vessel came to the end of its short service life last summer. It didn’t escape notice by Rockport Marine’s two yacht designers—Brendan Riordan and Sam Chamberlin—that, as is often the case with drawings of historical vessels, a designed waterline was not shown on even one of the sheets of plans. Because of the requirement for very quick construction, several parts were subcontracted out. Photos of the first Adventure didn’t match the designer’s instinctive calculation of the vessel’s immersed volume. The crew sailed the schooner southbound via Bermuda to the Virgin Islands, then worked south to Grenada to sit out the hurricane season. Rollins and Imes collaborated on all aspects of the design, perhaps helped along by the ghosts of Bud McIntosh and John Alden. Fuel capacity is 180 gallons, with water tankage of 200 gallons supplemented by a water maker. They had just that morning launched Trumpa, the first in a series of Williams 28 bass boats, and Jock Williams himself proposed that we take it for a ride. There it was, the modern reincarnation of Rainbow, bow flare, sweeping sheerline, varnished windshield, and all.
Remove the cabin trunk and the deck house, install a windshield, and there you have it: the Williams 28 Bass Boat. The boat managed the task with that perfect combination of cutting through them enough to run smoothly, yet riding over them to stay dry.
We were nonetheless able to maintain a conversation over the noise as we sped along Somes Sound. Like any good chowder, sometimes a better idea needs to simmer for a while, and get even better when reheated.
So we looked to the earth for the essential natural metaphor for the next wave in naval architecture, the squash that launched 1,000 ships. Redfern Boat, led by Carlton Johnson, took the Fastest Zuke prize, while Six River took home the innovation award for their Zucchini Catamaran, piloted by Crazed Gnome. Whether for business or pleasure, in this day and age most of us demand and expect excellent internet access wherever we may be. Those participating will have the chance to win one of three Henri Lloyd jackets by competing for the fastest rope cleating time!
We donated ?1 for every photo received.In May, Brixham and Torquay Marina organised a charity boat lift to raise funds for The Fisherman’s Mission, whilst June saw one of our berth holders, Gary Pearson, lead a mammoth 68 mile bike ride from Penton Hook Marina, near Chertsey-on-Thames, to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. The teak furnishings are given a panelled effect to reflect the history connected with the marque. He has sailed Dark Harbor 12?s, little sisters to Crowninshield’s 17?-footers, as well as many other classic daysailers. But cruise that car down the boulevard today, and even the most cyber-jaded blogger-dude will see it for what it is—class—though he might have difficulty defining the word. To round out the look, the aft deck is fitted out with twin Scopinich fighting chairs from the 1950s that Joel had refurbished. Although the standing rigging is multi-strand flexible wire very similar to the original, eventually Norseman-type terminal fittings were substituted for solder-imbedded forks and eyes at the ends. The result is the custom 62-foot flybridge cruiser, Mad Max, launched in Thomaston in June 2008. The conventional inboard prop shafts, set in shallow pockets, are turned by a pair of 1,000-hp Catepillar diesel engines.
Up forward there’s a lavish guest stateroom with an island double berth and private access to another head and shower. The lower level all the way aft is large enough to stow a good-sized water-jet-powered inflatable tender; it can also be used as a lounging deck when the tender is deployed while the yacht is at anchor. There is also an attractive laundry area up forward with a washer and dryer, a dedicated ironing board, and a very useful workbench. State-of-the-art fabricator and boatbuilder Goetz Custom Boats of Bristol, Rhode Island, built the hull, house, deck, and structural bulkheads, then Morris’s world-class craftsmen and engineers completed all joinery, systems installations, paint, finish work, and rigging. Fontaine’s six-foot draft design emphasizes form stability via its substantial beam and minimizes wetted surface by creating a steep deadrise. Its intrinsic beauty is the result of common sense: it’s easier to lift a lobster trap onto the deck of a boat with a low freeboard, the great sweep of the sheer makes for a high and seaworthy bow, a narrow beam and long, open, after deck provide an easily driven hull with plenty of room for gear. He purchased the boat, but as he had no immediate plans for restoration, it was laid up in the back of the boatyard. It was obvious that a total rebuild would be necessary—decks, house, planks, and frames—everything. Robinhood Marine Center was part of this team, so when Ocean Planet needed a shore-side refit, Schwab brought the boat there. Even the biggest ships were normally completed, from keel laying to launching, in far less than a year. Southern-built, non-fishing vessels were attacked by worms and marine growth, and succumbed to rot due to year-round warmth. Not to worry, Rockport Marine’s new Adventure was to be an almost identical replacement of the Landing’s previous Adventure. For example, because of a pesky modern bridge that the ship needed to pass under, the main topmast was set up so it could be easily lowered.
Once bolted into place, this keel, while not authentic—lead ballast was unheard of in Ye Olde Colonial Tymes—made a significant improvement in Adventure’s performance and safety. The result is a solid and beautiful cruising home, which is soon to take the Imes family through the Panama Canal and west into the Pacific Ocean. I was startled to find myself suddenly shouting; then I realized that the mechanic had simply closed the hatch and we were moving quietly along. It’s no secret that Maine’s finest boatbuilders advanced their craft on the ancient chutes of Camden, where toboggans they built have competed at the highest level of the U.S. Furthermore, MDL will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at their stunning five-star marina in Italy, Marina di Stabia. The judging panel was very impressed with the recent sustainability measures that MDL has introduced, spanning a number of different environmental issues, and the company’s dedication to continually pursuing ways to protect the environment.”Our commitment to protecting and preserving our local environments in and around our marinas continues.
He was supported by five dedicated members of the MDL team and the ride raised over ?9,000 for the British Heart foundation – a brilliant result.August saw 24 berth holders from Cobb’s Quay Marina exchange the rolling waves of the sea for the rolling hills of a golf course where they organised a tournament – raising ?2,000 for local children’s hospice, Julia’s House. They became the boat of choice for club racing, as they were competitive, easily handled, and reasonably priced. After working with Taylor Allen at nearby Rockport Marine, he established Artisan Boatworks in 2002 and now specializes in building and maintaining wooden daysailers for customers up and down the east coast. The deck, which was originally pine or spruce, was replaced with marine plywood, covered with canvas, and painted.
The deck was carefully removed and flipped over, supported so it would keep its shape, and the existing balsa core and thick inner skin were scrapped. And yet, informing and guiding all these qualities, nobody should undertake the rebirth of a classic yacht without a heartfelt reverence for history.
As discussion progressed, the idea quickly gelled for said client to purchase and restore not one but two derelict Buzzards Bay 30s. The sails, produced by Nat Wilson, use a cloth that looks identical to Egyptian cotton but is actually a modern synthetic. An active stabilization system, by Island Engineering, features fully automatic trim tabs, both to reduce drag and to maximize ride comfort. There are also three convertible berths—a collapsible dinette table in the saloon, and two nifty kid-sized trundle beds—that can sleep four more.
Open 60s are fast and rugged for their type, but like any thoroughbred, they need periodic refits to keep them going. Instead of a forged iron anchor, a welded one was manufactured by Rockport Marine, then sent to Erie, Pennsylvania, for galvanizing by American Tinning and Galvanizing Co. Cook had personally sweated through the removal of the internal lead out of the bilges of the rotten original. Bunker hesitated at first, then relented and built Rainbow, a 26-foot craft that was as graceful and sporty as his larger yachts were lovely and seakindly. When I am berthed in the marina, it’s important for me to be able to access the internet to pick up emails, connect with friends and family via Skype, as well as view and download large files. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates.
We recently teamed up with The BLUE Marine Foundation and Land Rover BAR to design a customised pontoon, which aims to assist with the restoration of the native oyster in the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. The marina also held its annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised an impressive ?1,500.Each year, we raise money for our long standing charity partner, Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South).
They were also built to a variety of specifications and accommodation plans to suit the needs and budgets of individual owners.
Brainerd re-lofted the sheer and built a new hollow Sitka spruce mast, but saved the original boom and gaff. Naturally, to keep all this exquisiteness off the bricks, modern navigational electronics and diesel auxiliary power entered the picture. The lead keels were cast by Mars Metals of Canada, and the tenders were built by Taylor & Snedicker of Connecticut. Cabin heat is provided by a diesel-fired hot-air heater with vents in the cabin and saloon as well as under the hard dodger. With Ocean Planet, the key need was repair to the blade keel, 3.5 ton bulb, and trunk that had been damaged in a fall 2006 grounding.
Roofing tar was used for bedding some parts, where pitch and oakum might have served in the past. A majority of the rigging details were worked out by consultant Tom Ward, who had worked with Rockport Marine in the past on Godspeed, (see MBH&H #93, March 2007). He said something like, “I could be wrong, but I think it was 23 tons.” Back to the drawing board. Local artist Tom Joyce, has innovatively designed ‘Zebastian the Seabra’, a Grevy’s zebra sculpture painted with over 100 fun and unique cartoon sea creatures including a catfish, swordfish and jellyfish. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.
The newly developed pontoon structure, which bolts directly to the side of existing walkway pontoons, was designed to accommodate cages that will be used to house brood stock oysters. This year, we donated over ?700, as well as working with the charity to run the Sail Training Awards, offering admirable young people the chance to take part in a sailing voyage aboard OYT South’s training yacht.Most recently in November, a 15-strong MDL team cycled 100 miles (the distance from Hamble Point Marina to Cobb’s Quay Marina and return) as part of an epic static bike challenge to raise funds for Children In Need.
Ward’s improvements included adding topmast shrouds and working out the details of how the topsail yard would be lowered to the deck. The winning creation will be included in Tom’s final painting on ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ for all to see and receive an annual family pass to Marwell Zoo.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We look forward to be exhibiting once again at the London Boat Show. The top three entries will also all receive family day tickets to Marwell Zoo and the Southampton Boat Show.Marwell’s Zany Zebras aims to raise money for charity, promote local business and encourage local tourism.
With over 100 fantastic marina destinations to choose from, including those in UK, Italy, Spain and France, our friendly staff will be on hand to help you to plan for an exciting season ahead!”The show promises over 300 exhibitors showcasing thousands of boats, products and brands, the latest in technology and innovation, alongside world debuts and product launches. This research will help identify optimum conditions for the oysters, which we will then replicate across pontoons in all of our marinas across the Solent.
Despite having to replace our exercise bike part way through the day, we managed to raise over ?500.We’re sure you’ll agree it’s been a very successful fundraising year and we hope to raise even more in 2016! Experts from the MDL team will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand. It’s a fantastic way of raising awareness of the conservation work Marwell Wildlife carries out to protect endangered Grevy’s zebras.
Plus there are some new attractions that promise to really capture your imagination including a purpose-built Mediterranean Bay and a 60s revival showcase.
Fishing for oysters was banned in 2013 due to a drastic decline in numbers, but we hope our pontoons will be instrumental in returning the oyster numbers to a satisfactory level throughout the Solent and allow fishing to be permitted once again. Don’t forget, MDL berth holders are entitled to receive a preferential rate - please ask at your marina office for further details.

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