E. J. Mertaugh Boat Works

Annelise is a 1950’s Sparkman & Stephens designed, 36-ft. sloop.  Sparkman & Stephens are a yacht design firm founded in 1929 whose designs have won many international races.  Annelise traveled to Hessel for the summer of 2010 and was sold to her current owner that fall.  Thus began a remarkable restoration that spanned the next four years and saw the replacement of virtually every part of the boat. 

As with many wooden boat restorations, the owner didn’t originally intend to do such extensive repairs, but each phase lead to another project and he embarked upon each with enthusiasm.  The owner worked closely with our designer, Geoff to create custom wood built-ins for the salon, galley and cockpit. 

While Geoff fabricated the interiors, the owner researched rigging and hardware.  After locating and working closely with a small foundry in Washington, he placed a large order for all the brass and copper decking hardware, only to have the entire order stolen during shipment to Michigan.  The beautiful new hardware was never located, so a whole new order was placed and eventually arrived Hessel and installed on the decks forthwith. 

Brad traveled to Connecticut in the early spring of 2012 to purchase a single piece of white oak large enough to make a new keel for Annelise.  He was able to locate such a piece at a tiny lumber yard and trucked it back to Hessel, where the yard workers constructed the keel. As much as the owner appreciates the traditional qualities of a S&S designed racing sailboat, he also insists upon using the most advanced electronics available while navigating Lakes Huron and Michigan.  Annelise also boasts new diesel power and beautiful new sails.