Brion Rieff Boat Builders, Inc.


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

Our Projects

Now Building

Custom 42ft Cutter.  A new Rieff-designed cold-molded cruising cutter--as yet unnamed--will be launched in 2013.  The owners' future plans call for crossing the Atlantic and cruising the Mediterranean. 

If you're curious, recently produced a short video about the advanced laminated sternpost/skeg developed for this boat.  Click here to see the video.







New Projects

We've just started working on the complete keel-up restoration of a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31.  Fourteen of these wonderful 44' sailboats were built by Herreshoff Manu. Co. from 1926 to 1946.  Our project boat was built in 1930 as SURPRISE, now knows as PATAPSCO II.  Her interesting career includes a circumnavigation in the 1960s with a previous owner.  We'll have more details about this restoration soon.

LOA: 44' 0"
LWL: 31' 0"
Beam: 10' 8" 
Draft: 6' 0" 
Displacement: 18,000 lbs. 
Sail Area: 950 sq. ft. 
Builder:  Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. (Hull 1156)


A Gallery of Rieff Boats


In addition to the other boats featured on this web site, here is a small selection of prominent Rieff boats built over the years:

Launched June 2006, Wind Rose is a Bruce King designed cruising sloop styled after Aage Nielsen's classic double enders. The hull is cold-molded with four layers of white cedar and the deck is marine plywood with fiberglass sheathing. The boat has proven to be successful as a long-range cruiser and fast on the race course. She was designed for a retired couple to sail with their family. Forward cabin v-birth with lockers port and starboard. Main cabin has table that turns into a double berth. Mid-ship there is a full galley with a 3-burner stove and microwave to starboard and a navigation area and table to port. After the navigation area is a head with shower with quarter berth to starboard. 

LOA: 42' 
Beam: 13' 
Draft: Board Up 4.5', Board Down: 10'

Designed by Antonio Dias. Whether you're out for a day sail, coastal cruising, or off shore voyaging, TRUTH has proven easy to sail and comfortable in a blow. Construction: Cold Molded hull, hollow fir spars, 3/4 inch plywood deck. 

LOD: 30' 6" 
Beam: 9' 6" 
Draft: 4' 8" 
Sail area: 736 sq. ft. 
Displacement: 14,000 lbs. 
Power: Westerbeke12 hp Diesel


Designed by Richard Hallett and Sean Fawcett to the Offshore Racing Council (ORC) GP33 rule, this racer/cruiser offers both excellent performance and comfortable accomodations.

This modern cold-molded schooner was launched in the summer of 2007 for a repeat customer. Drawn by Niels Helleberg, chief designer at the John G. Alden office in Boston, she incorporates many modern materials and construction methods while keeping with John Aldens ideals of a good cruising schooner. She has two state rooms, two heads with showers, a full galley and a salon. The salon sits in a dog house with full panoramic views. All carvings, inlays and joining work done in-house. Teak, mahogany, lacewood, and oak were all used in the interior. 

LOA: 50' 4" 
Beam: 14' 5" 
Draft: 6' 9" 
Displacement: 50,000 lbs. 
Sail Area: 1500 sq. ft. 
Engine: 75 hp diesel