Brion Rieff Boat Builders, Inc.


Construction and restoration of wooden boats from 8 to 80ft, wood spars, and custom bronze hardware

Herreshoff Designs

We have worked with Herreshoff Designs on numerous projects, including multiple Alerion 26s and the Newport 29.  In addition, we built ANNIE to a N. G. Herreshoff Sadie design--a close cousin to the Alerion--as well as performed restoration work on numerous Herreshoff-built classics.

Alerion 26


ALERA is the latest of our Alerion 26s. This new Alerion was built as a semi-custom boat for ideal sailing pleasure.

Please click to see a video of the Alerion 26 ALERA under sail (with our Herreshoff Sadie ANNIE) or see our Alerion 26 Brochure (3MB PDF file) for all the details.


LOA: 25' 4"
LWL: 20'
Beam: 7' 2"
Draft: 3' 7"
Displacement: 4,800lbs
Sail Area: 315 sq ft 




Newport 29


IOLANTHE is a beautiful classic, built in cold-molded construction, launched in August 2008. She is the latest in the Herreshoff Newport 29 Class which started in 1914. Nathanael Herreshoff designed and built his own boat, Alerion, then by stretching out her lines by 33% and adding a deeper fixed keel the Newport 29 was created. There were three boats built in 1914 and a fourth built in 1926, all by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Three of these boats continue to sail and race in the Northeast US and abroad. IOLANTHE, true to her heritage, has won or placed in the top three in several races. Her interior was built in a traditional Herreshoff manner with painted raised paneling and mahogany trim. See our Newport 29 Brochure (4MB PDF file) for more information about this classic yacht.

LOA:  36'8"
LWL:  29'
Beam:  10'4"
Draft: 5'4"
Disp: 15,400lb




LWL: 29' 
LOA: 36' 8" 
Beam: 10' 4" 
Draft: 5' 4" 
Displacement: 15,400lb



Nathanael Herreshoff made slight modifications to his personal boat, Alerion III, and built "Sadie" in 1914. We built ANNIE to the same lines in the traditional manner, plank on frame with a canvas covered cedar deck and hollow spruce spars. We have also built a cold-molded hull to this design. 

LOA: 26' / Beam: 7' 7" / Draft: 2' 6" 

Please click to see a video of ANNIE under sail with our Alerion 26 ALERA.