The Restoration Team

A detailed and illustrated summary of NELLIE’S restoration was presented in a paper at “The Herreshoff Classic Yacht Symposium 2010” by Boal, Alva and George.**Boal, J., F. Alva and W. George, 20100. Read Here:The Restoration of NELLIE: A Nontraditional Approach to Project Management Yields a Beautiful Result.

WAYNE GEORGE - Wayne George of Marblehead led the Nellie Restoration Team. Wayne grew up on water spending summers exploring the north and south shores’ of Massachusetts on his Dad’s various boats. He bought his first wooden boat when he was 13 and has never looked back. An engineer by education, Wayne spent the first 15 years of his career working for the McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Company, and then spent the next 15 years running worldwide marketing teams for major software concerns. He served as a technology partner to Team Prada for both the 2000 and 2003 Americas Cup campaigns and has sailed in classic events from the Med to Maine. He sails a beautiful 1956 Concordia Yawl – SKYE, has a restored 1926 Herreshoff 12 ½ (purchased with his wife when they were dating) and a 1935 Lawley double-ended motor launch. Wayne is the proprietor of F.L WOODS. He lives by the boatyard in Marblehead with his lovely wife Kim, two sailor boy sons, Nathanael and Joshua and the great Scupper Dog.

TERRY WHITING - Owner of Whiting Marine Services, Terry lead the systems design and installation activity on Nellie’s restoration. Since 1986, Terry has been involved in all aspects of the boatbuilding industry. He has specialized in providing Mechanical and Electronic systems design, installation, and repair on the southern Maine seacoast.

BOB EGAR - Bob grew up spending summers sailing small boats in Wellfleet and working at a local yard. We suspect the twinkle in his eyes most likely developed at birth. He broke off his college career at UNH to work on a Maine schooner, and then went on to build the Piscataqua River Gundalow. Bob has worked on many wooden boatbuilding projects both for local builders and for himself since 1993. He is the co-owner of Warren Pond Boatworks in South Berwick, Maine. Bob headed up the ships carpentry on Nellie.

MARK DRUMMOND - Mark Drummond, is co-owner of Warren Pond Boatworks. Mark is a highly skilled shipwright. He worked with Bob on Nellie’s carpentry. He is a registered Maine guide and can be found restoring Old town Sponson Canoe’s or guiding fly-fishing excursions on the coast of Maine.

DIETER EMPACHER - Dieter has over forty years of yacht design experience and is recognized as one of North America’s prominent sailboat designers. He headed up all design aspects of the Nellie restoration. Before opening his own yacht design and consulting firm, DIETER EMPACHER DESIGNS he was Ted Hood’s Chief Designer. Dieter has over one hundred individual designs on the drawing board and he has worked with yards from Maine to British Columbia including many well-known builders such as Kanter Yachts of Canada, Bristol Yachts of Rhode Island, Hinckley and Lyman Morse of Maine.

Many others contributed significantly to NELLIE’S remarkable and historically accurate restoration including: Nat Wilson – Rigging, French & Webb – Cabin House and Deck Furniture, J.M. Reineck & Son– Blocks and Hardware, Historical Arts & Castings – Blocks and Hardware and East Coast Lumber – Lumber and Materials.