Preview: Walkabout at Brooklin Boat Yard, Part 6 – 12/1/12

December 3, 2012

Eric Blake

For those of you just tuning in to Eric Blake’s weekly walkabouts, the boats he describes being built new in Brooklin Boat Yard’s main shop are a pair of 47’ daysailers designed originally by Bob Stephens and later tweaked by Eric, Keith Dibble, and others here at the yard. (Two others of the same design, LENA and LARK, were built here earlier.) The other new construction for this winter is the 70’ Dieter Empacher-designed SONNY—a duplicate of an earlier sloop of the same name that the owner donated to Maine Maritime Academy. This will be her replacement—for the very same owner. The place is booming!

Now for Eric’s tour in his own words:

Babson Island 35 TENDRESSOne of the best things about running outside to the stockroom to get a box of #10 x 1 1/4" bronze wood screws is what you might find hanging in the yard’s Travelift slings. Those of you who have followed my posts know by now that I have a few favorites. TENDRESS is one of my top five. She was designed and built here just before I started about 10 years ag. The design is called a Babson Island 35, and was drawn for a customer who loved the Center Harbor 31 design but wanted something just a little bit different. Her beauty mesmerizes me. The exterior trim (cabin sides, coamings, toerails, etc.) is done in an African maple called Anegre and is heavily figured with tiger stripes. Take a close look at the grain in the transom. The way that the sun catches the figure in the wood is really stunning. In the low morning light, all this brightwork stands out unlike anything I have ever seen before.

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