News from Brooklin Boat Yard

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Brooklin Boat Yard has now built three boats for the owner of VA PENSIERO II (launched in 2004) with the newest of these three being DREADNOUGHT, the Jim Taylor designed 49’ Spirit of Tradition Racing Sloop launched this past (2014) spring. This owner was so impressed with the performance and handling of his new Jim Taylor designed boat that he asked Jim to take a stab at a redesign of  VA PENSIERO II’s underwater profile (modified full-keel w/ skeg-hung rudder) with an eye towards achieving more in the way of sailing performance and over-all handling characteristics. After much thought, design work and number crunching Jim Taylor was able to provide VA PENSIERO II with a new underwater profile that would incorporate a new more modern fin-bulb type keel and a detached, balanced spade rudder arrangement that would greatly improve her performance. This new configuration for VA PENSIERO II would have about 10% less wetted area giving her a big boost in light air performance on all points of sail.  Her displacement would also be about 2,100 lbs. lighter, which would allow her to accelerate more quickly.  She would float only slightly higher but due to the buoyancy lost in the cut away deadwood, she would maintain her effective sailing length and top end speed.  The reduced deadwood volume would raise her center of buoyancy allowing for greater stability with a lighter keel weight.  The new keel would about 15” deeper with a much higher aspect ratio than the original keel shape and so the new keel would dramatically reduce induced drag upwind, and improve her pointing ability.  The new separated spade rudder... read more


  Brooklin Boat Yard launched DREADNOUGHT, a 49-foot cold-molded custom sailboat, on Monday, June 9. Designed by Jim Taylor, the yacht is a lightweight, performance-oriented sloop with a traditional aesthetic above the waterline and a modern underbody below. A repeat customer of Brooklin Boat Yard commissioned the yacht and now plans to sail and race her throughout northern New England. The new yacht is 49 feet overall with a waterline length of 35.1 feet and an 11.6-foot beam. Above the waterline DREADNOUGHT has long overhangs that increase the boat’s effective sailing length and stability with heel. Below the waterline she has a canoe body shape with a fin keel and spade rudder. During initial sea trials immediately after her launch, DREADNOUGHT performed very well in a moderate breeze and maneuvered turns with speed and grace. DREADNOUGHT’s preliminary PHRF rating is 51. “I’m really pleased with the finished yacht,” said Steve White, president of Brooklin Boat Yard. “DREADNOUGHT’s owner worked attentively with both Jim Taylor and me throughout the entire construction. The process was a true collaboration and a shared vision. DREADNOUGHT’s performance and unique details are a testament to team work.” DREADNOUGHT’s bright, airy interior is one of her most unique characteristics. Her sole is built of Wenge wood with a deep umber finish, which is a stark contrast to her bright, varnished Curly Maple wood table, stairs, and countertops. The interior incorporates honeycomb-cored panels to save weight, and the bulkheads are a bright white finish. The yacht sleeps up to six people with a forward master cabin, quarter berth and salon, all of which feature pale sage upholstery.... read more

Update from BEQUIA

16.48 North, 62.01 West To: Steve White and the Boys of the Brooklin Boat Yard. Some seven years ago, [we] commissioned the Brooklin Boat Yard to build a 91′ yawl. In the early summer of 2009 Bequia was lowered into the waters of Center Harbor, and as a wooden boat, joined the fleet of wooden boats built under the direction of the White family. We were deeply honored. There was something sincerely satisfying to be part of a sailing yacht that shares a connection with boats like Grace, Vortex, and the beautiful Wild Horses. So many boats of “sculptural composition and curved lines” paying homage to the artistry of boat building and the universal beauty of a sailing vessel, have called Center Harbor home. To her owners’ eyes, Bequia was a magnificent realization of a dream, and we felt deeply indebted to the craftsman that built her, and the family of boats she joined. The boys of BBY labored to build a “safe, strong, and seaworthy boat”. A yacht that could take a family safely anywhere in the world. And a boat whose beauty and warmth — lined with cedar, ash, and teak — would provide physical comfort and visual joy to those that sailed on her. We thank again, Brian, Eric, and the rest of the crew that built Bequia. Steve once wrote, wishfully, that Bequia “would have her own history and place in the world.” I hope we have made a first step in the foundation of such a history. Bequia has sailed into the bay of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She has traveled south to the San... read more

SONNY’s Launch

On September 3, 2013, the 70-foot Dieter Empacher-designed SONNY launched at Brooklin Boat... read more


 Video by Off Center Harbor featuring the restoration of APHRODITE at Brooklin Boat... read more


In mid July, PARDON ME was moved into the main shop to begin her restoration work. Since the first order of business is to replace the bottom, all machinery and interior components were removed, the boat was rolled upside down, placed on a specially constructed cradle and then ,moved into position for work to begin. Flipping the boat in this manner makes the job of replacing the bottom infinitely easier and faster than working overhead well justifying the extra effort. All bottom planking has been removed exposing the structural members (keel, frames, etc) of the boat. The original oak keel was replaced with a new mahogany keel (better to accept glued planking) as well as many of the frames and floor timbers before replanking began.  ... read more

Brooklin Boat Yard to Build Custom Jim Taylor-Designed Sloop

Brooklin Boat Yard will begin construction of 49-foot cold-molded sailboat designed by Jim Taylor of Marblehead, Massachusetts, in June. The yacht is a lightweight, performance-oriented sloop with a traditional aesthetic above the waterline and a modern underbody below. The yacht was commissioned by a repeat customer of Brooklin Boat Yard, and is scheduled to launch in spring of 2014. The design was developed specifically for single- or double-handed sailing on New England coastal waters as well as occasional competitive racing in a range of classes. The new yacht is 49 feet overall with a waterline length of 35.1 feet and an 11.6-foot beam. Long overhangs increase the boat’s effective sailing length and stability with heel. This traditional feature is coupled with an underwater canoe body shape that’s rounded with low deadrise for less drag, especially in choppy water and during maneuvers. Her fin keel and spade rudder also reduce wetted area while lowering her vertical center of gravity for increased stability. Since the yacht will sail mostly northeastern ports, her keel’s leading edge is swept aft to shed weeds and lobster pots. Her saildrive features a folding prop to also minimize the risk of fouling. “The long sailing length and narrow beam will give this design a meter boat feel,” said Jim Taylor, yacht designer. “Her deep, high aspect ratio appendages feature ample profile area, to provide a user-friendly ‘groove’ even when downspeed or in sloppy sea conditions. Her unusual combination of classic style with contemporary performance will set her apart from — and usually far ahead of — everything else on the water. The boat will be built... read more


Brooklin Boat Yard is very pleased to announce that working in conjunction with designer Jim Taylor we will begin construction of a new 49′ Spirit of Tradition Cruiser / Racer starting in early to mid-summer 2013. This is now the second time Brooklin Boat Yard has teamed up with designer Jim Taylor, the first collaboration being the highly successful Eggemoggin 47 LARK launched in 2012. For some details and insight into this next BBY / JT project read below Jim Taylor’s thoughts on it’s design and construction. “Lively performance, handsome aesthetics, a comfortable cockpit, and ample stability are all priorities in this new design for an enthusiastic repeat customer of Brooklin Boatyard.  The boat will be day cruised and singlehanded routinely, and raced occasionally.  She will not often be taken offshore or on extended cruises, so her interior is focused on comfortable and attractive social spaces rather than on the cargo carrying capacity for passage making. Above the waterline, the long, graceful overhangs, sweeping sheerline, and small counter stern all reflect a classic style. At the same time, below the waterline and aloft, the focus is on contemporary performance, with hull, appendage, and rig detailing that is state of the art.” “The hull and deck are constructed from the cold molded wood for which Brooklin Boatyard is so justifiably famous.  The hull is an artful combination of Alaskan and western red cedars, and the deck boasts a handsome and traditional teak overlay.  The stem and backbone are laminated Alaskan cedar.  The various laminations are bonded with epoxy resins throughout. The keel loads are supported and distributed by a grid... read more

Moving Day

A very active day here at Brooklin Boat Yard as the hull for SONNY (70′ Dieter Empacher designed sloop) was first moved out of the Main Shop then picked up by the Travel Lift to be rotated right-side up, set on her keel and finally moved back... read more

Maine Boatbuilders Show

Brooklin Boat Yard will be an exhibitor at the Maine Boat Builders Show (March 15-17) in Portland, Maine. On exhibit will be one of our newest boats DUCK SOUP which we launched in 2012. We hope you’ll stop by, have a look at DUCK SOUP and talk with us about any upcoming project (new boat, restoration, refit, service or storage) you might be... read more

Planking Begins on SONNY

Planking started today (December 19, 2012) on the 70′ Dieter Empacher sloop SONNY currently under construction here at Brooklin Boat Yard and scheduled for launching late summer early fall of 2013. This first of 4 layers of planking is 3″ toungue & groove Douglas Fir planking at 5/8″ thickness oriented longitudinally epoxy glued and screwed to the frames. In the days to come this will be followed by 2 layers of 1/4″ Red Cedar veneers oriented at +/- 45 degrees and a final layer of 5/8″ thickness Mahogany running longitudinally. The completed wood hull will then be overlaid with 1208 resin-infused glass cloth. When completed the hull will be moved out of the Main Shop, turned right-side up and then moved back into the shop where work will begin on systems installation and interior joinery.... read more
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