PARKER MARINE ENTERPRISES sells Construction Manuals, Catalogues, Study Plans and Full Stock Plans. We do custom design work (including charter boats) for construction in cold-molded wood, plywood, traditional wood, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. We do on-site or remote consultant work for new construction and major restorations. We do limited new construction and wooden boat restoration, as well as build components such as custom masts, hulls, Parker Flatiron Keels, foil-shaped centerboards and rudders, and stainless steel fabrication. We have added a new category to our website (CONSTRUCTION--above right) so that you can study sequential photographs of the methods used to build our different designs. To contact us, please write or email the addresses below.
The Pilot Schooner 60 LEOPARD making 12 knots on the Bahama Banks
Reuel Parker Design, 1994
PO Box 651429, Vero Beach, FL 32965
Parker Marine has Photo Albums, Construction Booklets and Articles for sale either on CD or hard-copy (paper). The Photo Albums consist of high-resolution jpeg images which can be watched on your computer as slide shows. The Construction Booklets are Comprehensive step-by-step instruction manuals for building individual boats, restoring boats, and related projects like building hollow "bird's mouth" masts. The Articles are original copies of Reuel Parker's magazine articles before publication and editing (or un-published), and include diverse subjects like cruising, designing, boatbuilding, restoration and rigging. Please see our BOOKS PAGE for available titles. We will add more as we can make them available.
Reuel Parker's third book, THE VOYAGES OF FISHERS HORNPIPE, is available for $35 including domestic shipping. The book, in the works for decades, is about building Capt. Parker's first cruising sailboat on a California beach in the mid-1970's, and sailing her 35,000 miles to twenty foreign countries. There is lots of information on building, planning, provisioning, finding crew (and seeking love), navigation, learning the ropes of international travel, coping with storms at sea, and many anecdotes and revelations about life under sail. Two-hundred-sixty-two pages, with hundreds of charts and color photographs. We had to publish this ourselves, as McGraw-Hill would not touch a book with pictures of naked sailors! THE VOYAGES is a frank, pragmatic exposition of life on the water--if nothing else, it will give the reader a splendid arm-chair cruise, from the communes of California in the 70's, through the Panama Canal to rarely-visited destinations like Columbia, Haiti and Grenada while it was a socialist nation, to coping with a family in New York which could never endorse the cruising life. Please see our BOOKS PAGE.
Plans for MAXI-TRALERABLE sailboats and powerboats are now available (See Prices Page--Sharpies/Powerboats). You can see IBIS, the first prototype Sharpie-45 under construction at Parker Marine Enterprises in our BROKERAGE PAGE. We sailed IBIS through the Bahamas four times, and she is Gulf Stream proven. You can watch an ariel movie of IBIS sailing in Elizabeth Harbor on You Tube: type in "schooneribis" to see!
I have developed two new types of centerboard, made of steel, aluminum or plywood, partially lead-ballasted, which are foil-shaped high-aspect-ratio fin keels when down. One new centerboard is employed in our Australia 47 design. You can see photos of it under construction on our Brokerage Page. After the failure of IBIS's centerboard pennant in late 2015, I designed and built a modified version which functions both as a fin keel and conventional centerboard when partly deployed. I have also developed a new series of SEA BRIGHT SKIFFS and GARVEYS based on the working craft of the New Jersey Shore. More new designs are in the works, including a new book.
PARKER MARINE ENTERPRISES would like to thank you all for your continuing support in this time of economic uncertainty. The world will always need boats, and we will continue to design, build, restore... and sail them!
Reuel Parker is presently building his seventh personal cruising sailboat--a 53' motorsailer with a hard-chine deadrise hull, inspired in part by the Maine coast Sardine Carriers of the early 20th century. You can follow the build on our CONSTRUCTION PAGE.
In our BOOKS PAGE we now include a PHOTO ALBUM CD of the 2016 FAMILY ISLAND REGATTA--the world's greatest sailboat races--Bahamian sloops, in Elizabeth Harbor, Great Exuma. The CD contains 138 action photos of the sloops during four days of racing. Only $25! Samples Below.
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