Brion Rieff Boat Builders, Inc.


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


Rieff Designs


Innovation by Design  

For over 10 years we've been involved in designing our own boats. We have the ability to design and build to your specific boating pleasure. From daysailors, off shore boats, to power boats we bring innovation by design.


A Few of our Designs

A daysailer in the Spirit of Tradition, this clipper 32 yawl has proven to be a fast sailer and an excellent weekender. She is very easy to single hand. Launched in 1999, she now sails Eggemoggin Reach. There is a quarter berth port and starboard, a small galley with a sink to port and a stove to starboard, and a forward V-berth with a head underneath. Construction: 5 layers of 1/8 inch veneer with a layer of fiberglass sheathing. Deck is 1/2 inch plywood with fiberglass sheathing. 

LOD: 32' 
Beam: 8' 9" 
Draft: 5' 6" 
Displacement: 8200 lbs. 
Sail Area: 600 sq. ft. 
Power: Westerbeke 12hp diesel

This daysailer, designed by Brion Rieff in the Spirit of Tradition Class, combines classic looks with a thoroughly modern underbody and rig. Hull and deck are cold-molded wood over a foam core. With carbon fiber spars, rudder and keel she can race competitively in the Spirit of Tradition Class and PHRF as well as be a beautiful daysailer. 

LOA: 42' 
Beam: 9' 
Draft: 6' 3"

A fast efficient center console runabout. She's able to handle rough weather and sea conditions. Construction:  glued-plywood lapstrake. 

LOA: 24' 
Beam: 7' 6" 
Draft: 12"

The images with orange backgrounds are renderings of various proposals we've prepared over the years.  Any of these can be fleshed out a new client or provide inspiration for a custom design.

A new Rieff-designed cold-molded cruising cutter--as yet unnamed--will be launched in 2013.  The owner's future plans call for crossing the Atlantic and cruising the Meditteranean. See Our Projects for the latest on this design.




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