Brion Rieff Boat Builders, Inc.

 

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

Restorations & Spars

At Brion Rieff Boat Builders Inc. we have worked on a wide variety of traditional boats--both sail and power--but our speciality is in the restoration of 6 Meters, Herreshoff sailboats, and  wooden spar fabrication. Let us handle your partial or complete renovation based on traditional designs.  We craft our boats in the best woods available, including Alaskan yellow cedar, mahogany, Douglas fir, white oak, and teak.

6-Meter Restorations

We enjoy restoring 6-meters. The original design dates back to 1908, and Sixes were the first Olympic racing class.   They were raced in the Olympics until 1954.

There has been a resurgence of interest in these boats in the New England and in Europe, and we are proud to say that three of our restored 6-meter boats competed in the North American and World Championships.  ALANA, a 6 Meter designed by William Fife III,  is currently in our shop for new spars, deck hardware, and other work. We also restored LUCIE (1930, Clinton Crane), TOTEM (1930, Bill Luders), and FLAPPER (1939, Christian Jensen).

 

 


 

Power Boats

While the majority of our projects are sailboats, we also restore vintage powerboats.

CURLEY
First built by Dodge Motor Company in 1932, totally rebuilt at our shop. New deck, engine and structural members. Power is a 292 straight six, speed 25 mph.

CAPRICE
A 16' 1946 Chris-Craft Runabout. Caprice came to us as a basket case. Her deck was redesigned as a two seater gentlemen's runabout. Re-powered with a 3.8L V6 gas engine, she is fast with speeds in excess of 45 mph.

RIVERBIRD
A Chris-Craft restoration/rebuild.  Information to come.

 

 

 

 

Custom Wooden Spar Design & Fabrication
We have the experience and the facilities necessary to design and fabricate all types of wooden spars. Our properly rigged, completed spars are as beautiful as they are durable.  We recently built a brand-new mast and boom for the Fife-designed 6 Meter ALANA.

 

 

Custom Bronze Hardware

We have in-house capabilities for fabricating all types of bronze hardware as an integral part of building or restoring a boat or spar.