The successful restoration of a wooden boat requires a balance of different considerations. First, our designers and builders carefully research the project, looking at original plans, and consulting various experts. The new owners' requirements are paramount, and upgrades and changes must be married to accurate period details. We have restored some of the most prominent classic yachts sailing today, including Bolero, Brilliant, Adventuress and Mary Rose. Please visit us to see what we are currently working on in the shop.

Restoration Projects

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ADVENTURESS was designed and built by Fife and Son at the Fife Yard in Fairlie, Scotland in 1924. William Fife III, part of a line of distinguished boat designers and builders, was known for his balanced designs, and his yard is recognized for the quality of their craftsmanship. Fife III designed many racing and cruising boats, which are instantly recognizable by their elegant lines.

83-feet overall, ADVENTURESS was originally built as a Bermudian schooner. She has a lively history, including being seized and used by the Germans as a patrol boat in World War II. Towards the end of the war she was scuttled at the entrance of Ville Franche sur Mer, where she remained for several years. When she was raised, she was rigged as a ketch. She has spent almost her entire life in continuous service.

One of the only large Fifes of her ilk in North America, Adventuress is a historically significant and beautiful vessel.

Watch a video chronicle of Adventuress on our video page.

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BOUNTY, designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and first launched in 1936, arrived at Rockport Marine after a long trip over land from California. A precursor in type to the classic Herreshoff design TICONDEROGA, the 58-foot ketch came to the yard for some bottom work. On completition she will cross the Atlantic and make her home in Europe.

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BOLERO is known on both sides of the Atlantic as a superb ocean racer. She was designed by Sparkman and Stephens, built at the Nevins yard in 1949 and served as the New Yord Yacht Club's Flagship vessel in the 1950's. She has cruised and raced all over the world, and is known to be fast, sea kindly and handsome.

BOLERO came to Rockport Marine with many broken frames. A thorough inspection revealed that the deck framing was compromised as well, and consequently the crew, under project manager John England, began a restoration that was much bigger in scope than anyone expected. To replace the bad frames, sections of the old planking had to be cut out and the entire interior was removed. In addition to the extensive carpentry work, Bolero had a full systems update.

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AYESHA is a centerboard yawl, originally built in 1932 for sailing in shoal waters. She was designed by Philip Rhodes.

Rockport Marine laid a new, full-thickness teak deck on AYESHA. The crew also did structural work to the deck framing and the sheer strake. They eliminated discontinued deck hardware, made various electrical upgrades as well as installed a new electronics package.

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Trade Wind

TRADE WIND was originally built in 1938 for a discerning owner who wanted an elegant floating home. She was built solidly of teak on steam-bent oak frames, and was the first pleasure boat to ever be tank tested. The restored TRADE WIND is well-appointed in paneled iroko, a tropical hardwood.  She has a generous galley, three heads, a bathtub and a main salon with a fireplace. The engine room is equipped with two restored Detroit 671 engines, a generator and a watermaker. Rockport Marine also built a new ketch rig for the boat with custom bronze hardware and sails by Nat Wilson.

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The six-meter class, a group of one-design racers that compete to this day, attracted designers such as Herreshoff, Fife and Sparkman and Stephens. Known for their elegant lines and nimble performance, the six-meter design remains a popular racing yacht.

Although Jill is technically a "restoration," only the lead ballast remains from the original. The frames are steam-bent white oak, and the hull is double planked, with Alaskan yellow cedar on the inside and mahogany outside.

Since her construction, Jill has been campaigned in several races, with great success.

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Ninety-year-old BERNICE came to Rockport Marine for a complete restoration. After many years of racing, then cruising, she needed some new frames, planking, deck and interior. She was restored for a family of four, and the focus was on classic good looks and comfort.

The Hodgdon yard of East Boothbay, Maine launched the 55-foot "P-class" gaff-rigged sloop in 1916.  BERNICE was designed by George Owen, a contemporary of Nathaniel Herreshoff. Owen was known for producing consistently excellent racing yachts, and for his work developing rating systems. BERNICE is considered to be the last remaining Owen designed P-class boat. She sailed only a few years in the salt water of the east coast before moving to the Great Lakes. In the late 1920s or early 1930s she was re-rigged to a fractional marconi yawl and an engine was installed to facilitate cruising.

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In October 2006, Rockport Marine welcomed BRILLIANT to the shop for a new teak deck and transom. This was the first major upgrade since the boat was built 75 years ago—a testament to her consistent maintenance over the years.

BRILLIANT was built in 1932. In World War II she served in the Coast Guard as an anti-submarine vessel. She has done several trans-Atlantic crossings and raced extensively including races to Bermuda. Considered by some to be one of the finest large yachts ever built in America, she is now owned by Mystic Seaport Museum and voyages with students.

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Mary Rose

The 65-foot N.G. Herreshoff  schooner MARY ROSE (1926)   suffered damage to her hull topsides, rails, bow sprit, boomkin, and chain plates during a gale in the fall of 2006 while in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Rockport Marine repaired the storm-damaged areas including some planking, new covering boards, the rig and parts of the interior. The deck was also recaulked.

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William Underwood

The WILLIAM UNDERWOOD is a sardine carrier, built in 1941 in Dorcester, Massachussetts at the Britt Brothers yard. She was built for the William Underwood Co., a leading manufacturer of canned goods in Boston. The UNDERWOOD carried sardines and herring from the weirs and nets where they were caught along the coast of Maine to the Underwood packing plant in Jonesport. The plant originally opened in the late 1800s for packing clams and sardines.

Boats like the William Underwood are now considered excellent workboats to convert into yachts because of their attractive lines, speed and maneuverability. Yard owner Taylor Allen plans to use the UNDERWOOD as a cruising boat for his family.

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DRAGONERA arrived at Rockport Marine to receive a new teak deck and have some modifications made to the interior. This 74-foot Joel White ketch was built in 1994 by the Brooklin Boat Yard of composite wood construction. She has carbon fiber spars. She is an excellent offshore boat that is simple, strong and low maintenance.

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When ZANABE arrived at Rockport Marine, she had been totally gutted inside and out, with no spars or working propulsion. Rockport Marine rebuilt the boat over a two year period, following a redesign engineered by The Fontaine Group. ZANABE is a Yates designed cold-molded ketch and was built and launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. Originally designed for the 1977 Whitbread Race, the vessel has previously been completely rebuilt and lengthened to 80 feet. New state rooms are paneled in anagre veneered plywood, and the decks have a new teak overlay. She is fitted with carbon fiber spars and has state of the art electronics and a monitoring system that allows off-board computer checks of on-board systems.

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Over the course of two winters, Rockport Marine replaced the bulwarks, caprails, sheer strakes, covering boards, and bottom planks of SAYONARA. The cross sectional shape of the caprails was improved, and a new stemhead fitting incorporating the bow chocks, guide rollers for the anchor rodes, and passages for hydraulic hoses serving the headsail furler was designed and fabricated in house. All of her hardware was rechromed. Formerly SEAFLOWER, SAYONARA is a 1956 50-foot keel centerboard yawl designed by Aage Nielson of Boston and built by Paul Luke of East Boothbay, Maine.

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PENATES, a 43-foot, commuter-style power boat, was completely restored by Rockport Marine in 2003. The restoration included lengthening the boat by three feet, installing a new bottom, putting in a new cockpit, completely refinishing the bright mahogany hull and overhauling her two 425 horsepower Crusader engines. PENATES is cold-molded with batten seam construction. She was conceived by Michael Turner as an adaptation of a Hacker Craft design and built in 1991.

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