in the news: SuperYacht Design

in the news: SuperYacht Design

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Three Boats

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...

Palm Beach in February

A few weeks ago we received a call from a gentleman in Palm Beach, Florida who wanted a new Watch Hill 15 to sail at this home in Connecticut by June 1st.  His research was thorough, and he was sure this was the boat for him; however, we needed to convince his wife.  With two feet of snow on the ground and as many kids here at home in diapers, I had an epiphany:  “Why don’t I tow one of our Watch Hill 15’s down to Palm Beach for a trial sail?”   I left Rockport the following Monday morning and arrived at Cracker Boy Boatworks in Palm Beach Tuesday evening.  The boat was rigged and launched Wednesday, and we went for a tranquil sail that evening.  We sailed again on Thursday morning, which resulted in a bit more excitement, and by evening the boat was back on her trailer. Friday morning I left for home, and was in Maine Saturday night.  Retrospectively this was not quite the tropical vacation I had been hoping for, but I did get to spend a few hours on the beach!   A contract was signed, and we began construction last week.  You can see photos of the progress under Current Projects.  We’ll need to have this latest Watch Hill 15 built and delivered in three months to meet our June 1st deadline.  A fast pace to be sure, but that’s standard procedure around...

October 15

We turned the heat on in the shop yesterday and Chad and Ben got the toe rails on the new Fish.  Josh has nearly finished removing the interior from Glory, as we’ve discovered numerous cracked frames behind the bilge stringers.  There’s a proper Nor’easter blowing outside, and the forecast is for 40-50 knots out of the East today.  Justin has nearly all of the storage boats tucked away for the winter, thankfully, as there’s a four foot swell running through Camden Harbor!  The Fall transition is nearly complete, and we’re all looking forward to a cozy and productive...

Welcome

Welcome to the new Artisan Boatworks website!  This project has been over a year in the making, and we owe our deepest gratitude to Claire Donnelly for her design work and Matt Bagwell for his programming.  Both were patient beyond reason with my continued obsession over details, and I would encourage anyone looking for photography or web design to contact them. Like a wooden boat, this website will never be finished.  I intend for it to serve as an ever expanding resource for anyone interested in wooden boat design, construction, restoration, and maintenance.  There are a wealth of wonderful designs out there which we would love to learn more about and include in our “Classic Designs” section.  Many of you are more familiar with some of the featured designs than we are, and many of you have photos of the featured boats which would compliment the images Kathy Bray was so kind to allow us to use. PLEASE, go through our website and look for opportunities to make it better.  Send us descriptions of your favorite design, send us photos, send a testimonial, or contribute an essay to our “Why Wood” section.  Check out the Links.  The links have been carefully selected, each represents the absolute best in their respected field, and they could easily entertain the casual browser for days!   We will be chasing grammatical and punctuation errors for years to come, and perhaps there is an important link or other piece of important information which is altogether lacking. We look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards,  Alec Brainerd Owner, Artisan...