PHOTO: Bruce Johnson

A Hull of a Trip for the Brooklin 91: VIDEO

The biggest Brooklin Boat Yard build at present took a cruise this week. But, not the kind you might think. Actually, it was just her hull. Regardless, the Brooklin 91 ventured from her construction shed to her finishing shed.

Brooklin Boat Yard subbed out the hull of the all-custom 91-footer (27.2-meter) to fellow Maine builder Rockport Marine. Bruce Johnson, who designed the yacht with Brooklin’s in-house design office, says the cold-molded construction completed on time and on budget. The hull launched on May 4, then hooked up with a towboat in true Maine style to make the trip.

Rockport Marine shared this video on its Facebook page, prefaced with a nice send-off:

Off she goes to Brooklin. 91′, 85,000 lbs, 8 months build time, commissioning next spring at Brooklin Boat Yard. Cruising at 8 kts behind the lobster boat Mojo. Thanks to all involved for a lovely project.

Meanwhile, Brooklin Boat Yard had to do a little maneuvering of its own prior to the arrival. In fact, the reason Rockport Marine created the hull is because Brooklin knew it would essentially be at capacity. That capacity includes a 72-foot (22-meter) sailing yacht, the Botin 22m, that’s been occupying the same shed where the 91 needed to go. So, the morning of May 5, the Botin moved out.

The morning of May 5, Brooklin Boatyard took this drone footage. You can see the Botin 22m to the left, and the Brooklin 91in the slings to the right:

The flush-deck sailing yacht will now remain in that build shed until completion next year. Her carbon fiber mast and boom will carry 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) of sail area. Inside, traditional cherrywood paneling and teak and maple soles take center stage.

Her owner, a three-time Brooklin client, plans to cruise American coastal waters. The shipyard says he’s about as knowledgeable as some of its own craftspeople are when it comes to construction, too.

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