News from Brooklin Boat Yard

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

Bruce Johnson to Represent BBY

BELFAST, BROOKLIN, AND ROCKPORT, MAINE – June 4, 2012 –Three independent yacht yards in mid-coast Maine are appointing Bruce Johnson, formerly of Sparkman & Stephens, as their business development executive. Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine reached an agreement to employ Johnson to represent each yard independently in seeking new construction projects. Johnson will be responsible for attracting and negotiating new national and international builds and refits to Maine, and matching them with the yards based on scope. Johnson is leaving his most recent post as president of Sparkman & Stephens, the venerable 82-year old yacht design and brokerage firmwhere he has worked as chief designer for the past 12 years and president for the past three. His relationship with S&S spans 24 years, first as designerand then as vice president before assuming his role as chief designer. He is considered one of the foremost experts in his knowledge of the complete S&S design collection from 1929 to 2012. “Bruce is a very valuable asset for Front Street Shipyard,” says JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “He’s internationally connected to designers, yacht owners, captains and manufacturers throughout the marine industry, and he’ll use those connections to develop new projects.” Johnson’s role for all three yacht yards will be to promote their capabilities and craftsmanship to people who are considering new builds and major refits. Johnson will facilitate relationships between prospective customers and the yard or yards that will best be able to meet the customers’ needs. “Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine each has discrete capabilities and strengths, but more than likely... read more
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