BELLE launched six years ago today

Six years ago today, BELLE launched into the cold April waters of Brooklin Maine. Since then, she’s sailed in the warmer waters of Long Island Sound and, with her new owner, the Chesapeake. It’s been fun!

–Daniel Gonneau, Designer/Builder, Belle Boats

Belle Now Available from Hylan & Brown – Boatbuilders

Through special arrangement, you can now order a custom-built Belle daysailer from Hylan & Brown – Boatbuilders in Brooklin, Maine.

Hylan & Brown are no strangers to Belle, since I built the original in their shops a few years ago. They are the ideal builder to put together a quality sistership, not only for their fine craftsmanship but also their familiarity with the design. Having worked there in the past, I eagerly approached them with the idea of offering the Belle design.

In addition, they offer maintenance and storage services not currently offered by Belle Boats. This might be of particular interest if you have a place on the New England coast and are looking for a full-service yard–specializing in wooden boats–to build, store, and maintain a Belle daysailer.

Their website discusses Belle at the following page:

–Daniel Gonneau, Designer/Builder, Belle Boats

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Belle Boats Facebook Page Launched

The Belle Boats Facebook page is now available! We’ll be posting the latest news, photos, and events, so it’s a good way to keep on what’s happening at Belle Boats. We hope you’ll “Like” or “Follow” us at the following link:


BELLE in Small Boats Monthly

BELLE’s owner took her to the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in Maryland.  In addition to an award, BELLE was also written up, with a few nice photos, by Anne Bryant of Small Boats Monthly:

“I also happened by the relaunching and re-christening of BELLE, a Herreshoff 12 1/2-inspired small sailing boat designed and built by Daniel Gonneau. With her more open layout inboard and with no internal ballast, she’s quite different from the design of her keelboat cousin, but no less gorgeous.” — Anne Bryant, Small Boats Monthly

Many thanks for the comments and photos!

Sights from the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXIV