By popular demand: The BBS Calendar Girls are back!

Miss April 2014: The Ben Garvey

Since our Garvey is the work horse of Spring (and Fall), we figured that it would be fitting to honor her this April.  While good looking, this Calendar girl is much more than the sum of her lines and finish.  She is the hardest working boat in our fleet. She tows, pushes, carries and even takes the extended family to the island on the weekends without batting an eye!  The Garvey is the first boat in the water in the Spring and the last boat put to bed in the Fall/ Winter.  This “Spring” she has already sat through a blizzard without complaint, so she is not too squemish about foul weather.

BBS built Garvey

The Garvey was built by us a few years ago.  We chose the design because of her nice look and for her practicality as a work skiff.  Doug Hylan designed her.  We bought the plans from WoodenBoat and built her in Sapele plywood.  Because we knew she might need to take a hit, we covered her with fiberglass cloth then painted her in AwlGrip, a light battleship grey.  The floor boards are oiled Meranti mahogany. We outfitted her with enclosed seats for safe and convienient storage of gear and fuel tanks.  We beefed up her rail with Douglas Fir to provide a practical step for getting onto other boats and for tying off for towing along side.  We covered the rails with Gunnel Guard to protect the beautiful boats she sides up to.   We also put in steps on her transom for when the work day is done and she is ready for fun.  They make climbing back aboard easy when swimming or quoahoging. 

This year we got her a new Tohatsu motor, because, well, she deserves it!  If you are down at Parker’s Boat Yard, feel free to stop by and see her.  She would be happy to accomodate you if she is not too busy.

To see more pictures please visit the Garvey's Album on Facebook. See the Calendar Girls Page for full write up and to see some other beautiful boats in our fleet!

What We Do:

We are a full service yard meticulously Herreshoff power cruiser: Ariel IImaintaining and caring for boats ranging from 16ft to 58ft.

~Storage: indoor, outdoor and heated
~Finish work: varnish and paint
~Yacht Carpentry: custom building and restorations (like ARIEL II seen right)
~Launching and rigging

We specialize in the restoration of classic wooden boats:
~Full rebuilds or gradual upgrades
~Bronze Hardware fabrication for classic Herreshoffs

We upgrade and refine both wooden and fiberglass yachts to mint condition and classic aesthetics.

Ballentine's Boat ShopWe are also now the site for the finish and marketing of the Doughdish and the Stuart Knockabout.



The winter is the best time to come and see our fleet and the quality of our work.  No one is ever disappointed! Feel free to Contact Us, call or e-mail to arrange a time to see us.


Our History:

Ballentine’s Boat Shop (BBS), established in 1974, is tucked away in Cataumet, Massachusetts. We front not a harbor or bay, but a cranberry bog. BBS has grown, at this same location, from a one-man shop with one small building to a facility with 5 large efficient buildings and a 10 to 13 person staff skilled in woodworking, yacht finishing, rigging, and bronze fabrication.

Ballentine's now fully maintains boats ranging from Herreshoff 12 1/2 footers to a 58-foot ketch. Our emphasis has always been to provide quality service, maintenance and restoration of vintage wooden yachts.   The Ballentine's crew is meticulous in their carpentry BBS Dinghiesand finish work.  They have restored and continue to maintain an impressive and varied fleet.  See our Restorations Page to look at our past and current restoration projects.

BBS is probably best known for restoring and maintaining the original Herreshoff 12 1/2 footers. Because we service so many of this design, we also fabricate their hardware.  Our high quality Bronze Hardware is also available for purchase. 


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