Archive for the ‘our yachts abuilding’ Category


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016















Here’s Tom Thumb– a FRANCES 26 built in Australia. Watch for an article on this, my first ever design, in the next issue of Classic Sailor in the UK. She’s going to windward really well in over 20 knots apparent- note that the mainsheet traveler has been let down to leeward so that the helm is dead on centerline. Reef a Frances when she heels twenty degrees, carry the headsail as long as you can, and she’ll chug ahead into a whole lot of wind.


It’s almost that time again.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Here I am sailing Amelia. If you want incredible fun for modest cost, schedule a test sail here in Maine and you’ll never regret it!

chuck and amelia leebowBLOG


Sunday, March 20th, 2016

On March 12th I had the honor of speaking at the Victoria/Shadow Owners’ Association 25th Anniversary luncheon in Warsash, England. Peter and Ida Gregory started with my FRANCES 26 design, then went on to build over 500 yachts to three more of my designs in the heady days of the late ’70s through the 1980s. I had not seen Peter for many years, and it was great to catch up with one of the ambitious entrepreneurs who, along with Tom Morris and Charles Maunder, propelled my firm to a position among the more successful yacht designers of the past century.

Peter Gregory and Chuck Paine

Peter Gregory and Chuck Paine


Monday, January 25th, 2016

York Marine of Rockland, Maine asked us to do just one more design. It’s a 19-foot fiberglass keel/centerboarder. The use of a shallow keel has three benefits: It retains shoal draft for easy trailering and beaching; it enables some lead ballat to be fitted for enhanced stability, and it lowers the centerboard trunk so it has minimal impact upon the cockpit, merely serving as a nice footrest when seated in the bench seats. Keep your eyes on this blog to watch the design progress.




Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

I have put together a number of fascinating illustrated talks, which I present at yacht clubs and boat shows. Quite a few people wonder, “How did a kid from the wrong side of the tracks whose parents didn’t know what a yacht was, end up designing million dollar yachts?”

In just over an hour I can answer this question, and bedazzle my audiences with hundreds of photos of gorgeous yachts of my design. All I need is a powerpoint projector, a young person to help me through the inevitable computer glitches setting it up, and expenses reimbursed for myself and my wife, who likes to accompany me. All you need to do is to tell me, do you want me to cover both sail and powerboats- which we designed in almost equal numbers- or just to stick to sail, as they are arguably more beautiful.

I will be away, travelling, this early winter. So far for next year I will be speaking at the Victoria/Shadow Yacht Owners Association in Warsash, England on March 12th, and at the New York Yacht Club on April 6th.  If you would like me to talk at your club, just email me and we will find a mutually convenient time.



Friday, October 9th, 2015

Here’s another photo. Pretty hard to take a bad photo of this beauty.

Leslie takes Chuck for a sail.

Leslie takes Chuck for a sail.

Breaking the rules

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

They say never take photos of sailboats from the windward side- makes them look ugly.



Leslie and Bella Luna

WITH THIS IMPROVEMENT, you should build this boat!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Here is the new sailplan.



Thursday, October 1st, 2015

We designed Pentimento back in 2006.  She was our interpretation of what Nat Herreshoff might have done at 25′ – 6″ in length. She was lovely, very fast in light airs as you probably can tell, but her builder insisted on fitting a heavy wood mast and boom that were never right for the boat and compromised her performance in a breeze. Along came a new owner who asked what could be done, and I suggested a carbon fiber mast and more slender boom, as well as removing some of the leech of the mainsail so she could be fitted with a permanent backstay. This is the sort of work that I still love to do, for it will make this boat perfect!

The Paine 25- beautiful but not perfect in 2006.

The Paine 25- beautiful but not perfect in 2006.

Capt’n Nat’s genius, ineptly trimmed

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Who’s trimming that jib? Despite our ineptitude, she sailed better than anyone expected.