A third time charm: BBY launches Dreadnaught

Last week, Brooklin Boat Yard launched the new, 49-foot Jim Taylor-designed racer/cruiser Dreadnaught — the third boat the yard has built for the same owner.

BROOKLIN — Brooklin Boat Yard seems to have the knack of customer satisfaction.

Last fall, the yard launched Sonny. The boat was an exact replica of the boat BBY launched in 2000 for an owner who developed seller’s remorse after he sold it and asked the yard’s owner, Steve White, and his crew to build him another one just like it.

Last week, a little short of a year after starting construction, Brooklin Boat Yard launched Dreadnaught, a 49-foot racer/cruiser from the board of Marblehead yacht designer Jim Taylor.

The new boat is light, displacing 16,500 pounds, lean with a waterline length of 35.1 feet and a beam of 11.6 feet, and handsome. Dreadnaught also is the third boat that BBY has built for an evidently satisfied customer.

Unlike Sonny, the new boat is not a replica of any of her predecessors.

Built in 2004, the boat Dreadnaught replaces was 18 inches shorter — about a foot on the waterline — about 6 inches beamier and with more than a foot less draft. The real difference, though, is their respective displacements.

Dreadnaught displaces 16,500 pounds with 6,830 pounds of lead in a steeply swept fin keel. The older boat, itself a replacement for a 39-footer BBY launched in 1999, displaced a full 50 percent more.

The new boat was designed primarily for single- and double-handed sailing around New England.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]