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Three Boats

There are designs that simply cannot be improved on.  The Herreshoff 12 ½, the Herreshoff Fish Class, the Buzzards Bay 15, the Dark Harbor 17…. These are boats that fulfill their purpose perhaps more effectively and with more grace than any small boat designed before or since.  If this blog were titled “The three best designs ever drawn,” or “My favorite three designs,” then perhaps the list would be different. However, I would like to introduce three designs that beyond all else, I yearn to build: The Belfast Lough One Design was drawn by William Fife III in 1898.  The BLOD is 24’ 6” on deck, 15’ on the waterline, displaces 3000 lbs, and has 342 sq. ft of sail.  If these dimensions sound vaguely familiar, it is because they are nearly exactly the same in every respect to Herreshoff’s Buzzards Bay 15 which was designed the same year.  I have always revered Fife as having drawn the most beautiful sailboats in the world, but most associate him with large yachts such as those racing in the Mediterranean today.  If fact, Fife drew many smaller boats as well, but most were influenced by the fishing craft of the day, and did not have the ethereal aesthetic qualities for which the bigger boats are known (ie overhangs!) For me, the Belfast Lough One Design has all of the spirit and grace of the “big boats” but in a wonderfully small package.  To the best of my knowledge, there are none of the original BLOD’s left in existence, and I’m sure no one has built a replica.  The only changes I... read more

Wooden Boat Construction

Our team of custom wooden boatbuilders craft replicas of classic daysailers, mahogany runabouts, electric launches, downeast picnic boats, peapods, and rowboats – just to name a few. We employ traditional plank-on-frame construction, cold-molded epoxy, and/or cutting edge sheathed strip composite. We build new replicas of classic wooden yachts designed by Herreshoff, William Fife, Starling Burgess, B. B. Crowninshield, John Alden, Sparkman & Stephens, Joel White, and their contemporaries. We can make modifications to those designs, or design new cutting- edge Spirit of Tradition yachts to match individual style and practical requirements.

Wooden Boat Restoration

No wooden boat with a history and some pedigree is beyond repair. Our wooden boat repair, wooden boat restoration, and wooden boat rebuild specialists approach each project individually and holistically, returning heirlooms to “as new or better condition.” Particular emphasis is placed on re-establishment of hull shape and sheer, correction of known engineering deficiencies, and preservation of original design, original materials, and original hardware. Whether built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co, Henry B. Nevins Inc., Walsted Baadevaert Shipyard, or some of the premier Maine boatbuilders of the last century like Rice Brothers or Hodgdon Yachts: We will “do it once, do it right,” and insure that your classic wooden yacht continues to nurture family memories for generations to come.

Wooden Boat Service

When it comes to quality, value, and convenience in wooden boat ownership, our comprehensive “mooring to mooring” service program is simply unsurpassed. Our clients are extremely proud of their wooden boats, and recognize that specialized off-season storage and expert finishing is not only critical to the longevity and integrity of their boat, it leads to long term savings and peace of mind. From New York, NY, Newport, RI, Nantucket, MA, Northeast Harbor, ME, and harbors in between: Each fall, experienced wooden boat owners send their boats to our boatyard in Midcoast Maine – and trust our knowledgeable and experienced service team to return their wooden boat each spring in showroom condition – ready to turn heads and win races.

The best of being a customer of Artisan is that they do exactly what they say that they will do, and to an extraordinary level of quality. I would encourage you to visit Artisan’s premises. One genuinely appreciates there the art of building, restoring and maintaining beautiful wooden boats, and the commitment and skill of the Artisan team. Alec treats his customers with the greatest consideration. In 45 years of boat ownership, I’ve not experienced better.