News from Brooklin Boat Yard

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

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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