REFITS & WINTER PROJECTS    click an image to enlarge with caption

NEB awarded “Best Sailing Yacht Refit” for our work refitting an 80-foot Swan built in 2000
The scope of this project included replacing the existing hydraulic system and hardware, providing the necessary structural solutions, rewiring the entire yacht, upgrading all mechanical systems, and cosmetically refinishing the entire yacht from masthead to the bottom of the keel.

Aluminum ketch. Both masts being painted this winter in preparation for an early spring launch.70 Ft. Alden design - Aluminum ketch (1985)
Built in Germany. Maintained to a high standard for years, this well travelled New England based yacht
is undergoing a winter refit in one of the climate controlled work sheds at NEB. A few jobs on the yacht’s
long list include:
  • Service and paint both masts
  • Teak deck repairs-reef seams and re caulk
  • Teak cap rail-strip, re varnish and re caulk
  • Electrical system upgrades
  • Fit / Install wind generator
  • Refrigeration system upgrades
  • Bow thruster service/repair
  • Modify stern davits for larger tender
  • Modify/upgrade dorade box vents
  • Complete deck prep, prime and paint with Awlgrip
  • Topsides- Prep, prime and paint with Awlgrip

42 Ft. Spencer Lincoln design - “Lobster Yacht” (2001)
Built by NEB. After spending 8 years in Florida during winter and returning to New England for summers this
classic "Down East" yacht has spent the last couple years in storage. New owners have commissioned NEB
to service and re- commission all systems in preparation for an early Spring launch.

66 Ft. Reichel-Pugh design - IRC Racer (2000)
Built by NEB. Zaraffa won the 2003 North Atlantic Challenge Race to Germany and has recently returned to
NEB for upgrades and modifications in preparation for the upcoming 2011 Transat Race to England. Work in progress includes:
    Bella Mente - Transon Extension. Stanchion sockets are fitted before titanium stanchions are fabricated. The part will be trucked to Florida for installation.
  • Rebuild saildrive system
  • Engine/fuel system overhaul and upgrades
  • Service all seacocks and pumps
  • Prep and paint- racing bottom
  • Prep and paint nonskid deck
  • Fabricate pre preg carbon bow sprit
  • Winch and deck hardware upgrades

50 Ft. Ker design - IRC Racer (2005)
Built by NEB. Snow Lion is also getting lots of TLC at NEB this winter before her second Transatlantic Race. Several upgrades are currently underway including:
  • Five year engine and sail drive system overhaul
  • Fuel system upgrades-replace tank
  • Propane storage and stove upgrades
  • Battery and electrical system service/upgrades
  • Prep and paint-racing bottom
  • Bow sprit modifications
  • Rudder bearing service

Bella Mente - GRP Stanchion socket.69 Ft. Reichel Pugh design - IRC Racer (2008)
Built by NEB. Bella Mente has seen considerable success on the grand prix racing circuit in the US and in Europe. After Key West Race Week plans are to remain in Florida while undergoing IRC modifications in preparation for the Transpacific Yacht Race, July 2011. NEB has just completed a hull and deck-transom extension which adds 5 ft of powerful downwind waterline length for surfing to Hawaii. This carbon composite structure was recently shipped to Palm Beach for installation.

65 Ft. Tripp design - Performance Cruiser (1999)
Built in NZ. With the addition of a new carbon bow sprit Sirona is now 72 Ft. LOA. The European owner
sailed for a season after purchasing the yacht before commissioning NEB and Tripp Design to help him incorporate his vision of performance enhancing upgrades into the sailing systems and controls. His ideas
also required considerable changes to electrical and mechanical details to suit his extended cruising plans.
    Tripp 65 - Carpenter fits pre assembled TDS custom built teak deck.
  • New teak deck using the TeakDecking Systems patented preassembled custom deck replacement system. (
  • Varnish work including cabin soles
  • Deck structure modifications as per Tripp Design
  • Nav station modifications to accommodate major electronics system upgrades
  • Water ballast transfer system upgrades
  • Hydraulics system overhaul: winches, jib furler and anchor launcher along with
    associated electronic components control system upgrades
  • Engine and generator service
  • Engine space insulation upgrade
  • Fuel system upgrades
  • Tank monitoring system upgrades
  • Bilge alarm system upgrade
  • Engine space layout modifications after re-design
  • Refrigeration system upgrades
  • Gray and black water system upgrades
  • Electrical system upgrades including integrated Mastervolt MasterBus interface
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  • Tripp 65 - NEB head electrician Everett 'Buzz' Flanders installs a new electronic tank sender on the GRP integral fuel tanks.
  • Shore power system upgrades
  • Replace conventional batteries with lightweight lithium batteries
  • Air conditioning system modifications and upgrades
  • Paintwork: complete cabin house and topsides
  • Sail handling system upgrades including moving main halyard and reef controls aft
  • Composite and glasswork: Remove structural mainsheet arch over cockpit
  • Install carbon structure under deck to support the main sheet traveler on deck
  • Build and install custom carbon handrails on pilot house cabin top

38 ft Jeanneau ketch (1975)
Built in France. Back at NEB again this winter after several performance modifications last year including
new engine, new mast and chain plates as well as deck hardware and rigging upgrades. NEB recently
designed and built an aluminum bow sprit to replace the conventional spinnaker pole. The owner is currently
consulting with a local Naval architect on possible keel and rudder modifications.

J 65 (2002)
The new owner from Australia contracted NEB for upgrades and modifications before sailing to Europe in the spring.
This winter's list includes:
  • Autopilot upgrades including steering ram foundation mods
  • Fit/Install Lewmar vertically retracting bow thruster (

Woods Hole Oceanographic Instititute
Build fiberglass “Dive control planes” for a new deep sea robot called Sentry. The autonomous underwater vehicle
can survey wide swaths of undersea territory on dives lasting a day or more.
The composite crew at NEB has always been interested to help the engineers at Wood’s Hole over the years by
building custom components for their undersea research vehicles.

80 Ft. Swan ketch (1982)
Melinka. This professionally run and maintained yacht is preparing for a Pacific cruise in the Summer of 2011.
In preparation the maintenance list includes:
    Melinka - Swan 80. Sections of engine exhaust system being removed for access to shaft seal.
  • Paint masts and booms with Awlgrip
  • Paint topsides with Awlgrip and clear coat, with new gold leaf cove stripe and name
  • Paint all gloss surfaces on deck with Awlgrip
  • Service Generator
  • Service bow thruster
  • Service refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Drive train system repairs

80 Ft. Swan sloop (2003)
Capo Giro. Here at NEB after several winters in the Caribbean.
  • Engine & Generator service

46 Ft. Swan sloop (2000)

48 Ft. Swan sloop (1981)
  • Investigate & repair lightning damage

For more information on these projects or any service or repair work contact NEB: Email or Tel +1 401 683-4000
Phantom - Cabin top hand rail mods.Pre-preg carbon rudder for a new Stephens, Waring & White designed Brooklin 68.
More than 300 boats stored on land waiting for spring commissioning to begin. Meanwhile boats are constantly moving in and out of heated work shops for service and refit work.Swan 80 and 68 ft Aluminum ketch being prepped for paint.