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Brooklin Boat Yard image Brooklin Boat Yard specializes in new construction of custom yachts (power & sail), restoration of classic yachts along with service, storage and sales of yachts of all types and sizes. Started in 1960 by famed yacht designer and boat builder Joel M. White the yard is still family run, owned and operated by Joel’s son Steve White.

Brooklin Boat Yard (Lat: 44/15/38, Lon: 68/34/36) is located along the shore of Center Harbor in the town of Brooklin, Maine. Center Harbor is in the heart of the best cruising grounds on the coast of Maine as it is situated along the northern shore of the Eggemoggin Reach connecting the Penobscot Bays (to the west) with Blue Hill Bay and Mount Desert Island (to the east). Easy to reach by water, the yard is (being at the bottom of a peninsula) not quite as easily reached by land but well worth the effort not only for the scenic drive but also for the opportunity to visit the yard and see the exceptional boats built, restored and maintained right here.

Brooklin Boat Yard is perhaps best known for its work with the design, construction, restoration & maintenance of wooden boats of both traditional plank-on frame construction and modern cold-molded, wood-epoxy composite construction. Working with wooden boats is a specialty of the yard but being a full service operation we are equipped and have the expertise to work with boats of all construction types be it wood, fiberglass, aluminum, steel or custom composites and regularly do so.

Brooklin Boat Yard offers the yacht owner a “one-stop shopping” destination for any project large or small. With an 80 Metric Ton Travel Lift and 20 Ton Hydraulic Travel Trailer we can haul, launch and move boats of considerable size. For new construction and major restoration projects our Main Shop can accommodate boats up to 120 feet and we have over 22,000 square feet of inside (heated & cold) space for seasonal or long term storage. In addition to our large Main Shop we have additional buildings and work spaces for designated purposes such as a complete machine and metal fabrications shop, a state of the art paint facility along with carpentry shop(s), electrical shop and rigging loft. Our crew members are highly skilled individuals representing all aspects of the marine trades who work together as a team committed to not only building the best boats in the world but also making sure they stay that way.

Many of the boats built and maintained by Brooklin Boat Yard were designed by the yard’s founder Joel White. After Joel’s death, the reins of the design office were taken over by Robert (Bob) Stephens who, along with partner Paul Waring, formed the independent firm of Stephens Waring Yacht Design. Today the design office is staffed by Keith Dibble, Eric Blake and Will Sturdy. Brooklin Boat Yard also regularly works with other yacht design firms. New boats built here at Brooklin Boat Yard have come from the drawing boards of some of the world’s leading yacht designers such as Sparkman & Stephens, Dieter Empacher, Alden Yacht Design, Stephens Waring Yacht Design Jim Taylor Yacht Designs and German Frers to name a few.

Brooklin Boat Yard has built over ninety boats since our start in 1960. Maybe yours will be next.

Featured Boat
photo of 82' Brooklin Boat Yard 82' Spirit of Tradition Sloop
82' Brooklin Boat Yard 82' Spirit of Tradition Sloop
2019 Call for Price

In the spirit of tradition Brooklin Boat Yard is pleased to introduce an 82’ cruising sloop with classic lines that respects the design aesthetic of Joel White, the yard’s late founder and prominent designer. “The importance of design was engrained in me early on” says Steve White, son of Joel White and company President. “We have a team of in-house designers working to createworkable solutions and shop drawings in support of the various designers’ clients who we are currently building boats for. I thought it important to challenge the team and demonstrate our own creative capabilities, generating designs that exemplify our philosophy: designs that are attractive and classic in style but with modern underbodies and appendages and modern sail handling: designs that are efficient to sail or power and designs that are efficient to construct.”

This first is the attached 82’ sloop that got her inspiration from a 74’ ketch named Dragonera that Joel designed in 1992.  She is a flush deck, pilothouse design.  She was intended to be an all-around, ocean going cruiser with a good turn of speed.  She is still owned by her original owner and has traveled back and forth from Maine to the southern oceans every year of her nearly 25 year life span, and is ready to go for another 25 at least.

The new 82’ sloop is a twin cockpit design with slightly raised pilothouse for additional light down below. The interior layout has the Owner forward with island berth and three additional guest cabins each with heads and separate showers. The main cabin has an open galley for social interaction, generous dining table and casual seating and also a proper navigation area and wet locker adjacent to the companionway. The boat can be sailed by a group of experienced sailors but the port quarter cabin abaft the galley can be used by a professional crew, such as a husband and wife/captain and chef team or could be configured with bunk berths.

The twin cockpit design keeps the center cockpit strictly for social sailing and all sail handling led to the aft working cockpit. The twin hydraulic headsail furlers provide a working jib on the inner stay and a reaching sail on the outer stay and the mainsail is to be handled with in boom furling.

Construction is to be cold molded laminated wood utilizing WEST SYSTEM epoxy resin and vacuum bagging techniques, which is the yard’s standard practice. Mast and boom are to be of carbon fiber, as well as a carbon fiber rudder. The yacht would take 18 months to construct and comes with an estimated price of $4,800,000US, depending on the complexity of the desired interior finish and equipment. Specifications are available by contacting the boat yard.

“I think this boat would very satisfying to own; fast enough to make quick passages, comfortable for family and friends to really relax on and competitive in the regattas.”

                                                                                                            Steve White, President


Brooklin Boat Yard

P.O. Box 143
Brooklin, ME 04616, United States

Tel 207-387-8383
Fax 207-359-8871
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