Welcome to B&B Yacht Designs

We pride ourselves on offering innovative designs with sophisticated shapes, unparalleled performance, and a focus on design details which make the best of boating available to both professional and amateur builders. Around the world, the B&B logo is a symbol of quality and service in yacht design.

Over many years B&B has developed a diverse offering of efficient and beautiful boats. Our designs are born of necessity with an unwavering focus on function, performance, and ease of construction. Our plans are equally professional and comprehensive and all of our work is backed by our commitment to customer service.

— 2019 B&B Messabout —

Signup is open for the 2019 B&B Messabout. Click here to sign up. More information click here. What is new this year you ask? We will be having another race out around the channel maker for the coveted B&B cup trophy. Last years light air winner was Paul Stewart by a nose in the Mini paw followed by Joe and Sally on their EC-22.  Randy and Bobbie have rebuilt the beautiful gazeebo down by the water for all you armchair sailors who want to join in. We’ve got some new boats that have hit the water this year that we are excited to see sailing.

Who is coming you ask?

These boats have signed up so far (scroll down).

Above, Michael Collins expertly glides his CS-17 Mark 3 along in a head to head race with 3 other Core Sound boats looking to take home the B&B cup.

Cape Lookout 28 kit

It's been a long wait but we are happy to unveil the Cape Lookout 28 design now available as a jig kit for cold molded construction. Read all about it.


2018 Messabout Wraps up

What a great year for the Messabout. Despite some rain overnight Saturday we had what we felt was a really great turn out of boats and amazing people. Many new boats where there to play and our "fun race" was a great success and we will definitely have that again next year. Lots of pictures can be seen here. Check out the forum for write ups and more pics. Thanks everyone for making this year a great one.


Everglades Challenge 2018: A great year for the Catch ketch rigged Core Sound 17 and 20.

Team B&B enjoyed a fantastic showing this year in the annual Everglades Challenge. More info on this event can be seen here. With four B&B designs entered in the event and one in the new FCC (Florida Coastal Challenge) we are so proud of our sailors. 

-Core Sound 20 (Dawn Patrol) Paul and Alan Stewart. Placed third overall and second in class. They also bested their 2013 time (and personal record) of 2 days and 2 min with a new finish time of 1 day 23 hrs and 57 min. A new Cat ketch record. (Trip Report...coming soon)

-Core Sound 17 (Half fast) sailed by Matt Pinkley (Pink Dog) and Mark McConnel (Squint) were fourth in class with a time of 3days 10hrs 41min. (Trip Report...coming soon)

-Core Sound 17 Mark 3 sailed by the father son team of Michael and Brian Collins (Greybeard and ChefRamen) came in 5 place in class with a time of 3 days 11hrs 56min. A veteran of the EC, Michael remarked that he slept more on this event than ever before and he absolutely loved his new boat. (Trip Report...coming soon)

-Core Sound 17 (LaPerla) sailed by the Father Daughter team of Phil Garland and Hanna Tillotson placed 8th in class cruising through race course in style and with a time of 4days 2hrs 26min. See pics of Phils boat here from 2013. You may recall Phil and Dan Neri going head to head with Dawn Patrol back then. (Trip Report...coming soon)

Last but not least. 
Core Sound 17 (Cool Change) sailed by Bill Highsmith is STILL on the race course as he is competing in the much longer and newly organized Florida Coastal Challenge which takes him along the ENTIRE coast of Florida. He just made it to Miami as of 3/12/2018. Follow him on the watertribe tracker. Select FCC on the event and click regenerate. Scroll down to see a picture of Bill in last years EC where he placed FIRST in class 4 solo in his CS-17.


Dawn Patrol sails in to the finish. Just under 48 hours! 

Matt Pinkley checking into the Lockbox at CP2.
Father son team landing in key largo in style. I heard they had BBQ in a cooler the whole way? WHAT?
A great time had by father and daughter on their beautiful Core Sound 17.
Bill perseveres to the finish at Key Largo. This is one tough dude!
2017 B&B Messabout Recap

This years Messabout was one for the record books. The weather was idyllic and just about everyone got out on the water. We most enjoyed seeing all meeting all the great people that make what we do possible! Thank you for bringing your boats and spending time with us. We hope you will all return next year. 

We have started compiling some pictures from the event here. Feel free to add yours. And of course most of the pictures are on our Messabout facebook page

Here is a video we shot during the event of Bill Hill's Ocracoke 20 'Mary Lou' what a beauty Bill. 

B&B Boats take First and Second in the North Carolina Ultra Marathon 2017

Congratulations to Taylor and Alan Stewart (Ginger and SOS) aboard Core Sound 17 “Southbound” and Matt Pinkley and Chris Elwell (PinkDog and ChangBiZi) aboard Core Sound 17 “Half Fast”. Both teams sailed their Core Sound 17 in extremely trying conditions and became the only two finishers this year. For race info check out Watertribe NCC. 
For more pictures and video of the start join the watertribe facebook page. . There is also some discussion on the forum.

“Half Fast” finishing the NCC at Cedar Island. Extreme low water in Clubfoot creek forced them to take Adams Creek to CP1 in Beaufort before completing the circuit back to Cedar Island.

Taylor and Alan finish with mizzen only (no we didn’t break a mast). High winds and low water made this year a very challenging sail.

Jump in the thread and read about Graham’s trip on the Texas 200. Check it out here.

— B&B at the Oriental Boat Show —

In case you missed us click the link for some pictures from the Oriental Boat show this year. A huge thanks to our local builder family who hauled their beautiful boats down to the show to display them in the wooden boat exhibition!

Thanks also to everyone who stopped by our tent. It was great to see you. We have had a great time showing our boats to people and meeting new faces in the area. Finally thanks to the town of Oriental for putting on another great show.

B&B Sailors Take First Place in Class 4 Everglades Challenge

The results are in: B&B sweeps class 4 in this years EC race. Full race report is coming soon….
Event Pictures album click here
Winner Class 4 (two up) Alan Stewart AKA SOS and Paul Stewart AKA DancesWithSandyBottom (above left) in the Ec-22 in 4 days 13 hrs 9m.
Winner Class 4 (solo) William Highsmith AKA Swimboy (above right) in a Core Sound 17 in 5 days 8 hrs 4 m.

Special kudos go to Alexander Mehran AKA Nomadic and Drew McMillan AKA Rover (below) who sailed a Core Sound 17 “turbo” two up and successfully rescued a fellow watertriber from dire straights in Florida Bay before continuing on to take 3rd place class 4 double.

B&B Donates Amanda Kit to Sea-Legs.org

We’re pleased to announce a recent partnership with Sea-Legs.org. B&B has recently donated a complete Amanda Kit to this great organization to help them in their fundraising and awareness efforts for their new Apprentice Program– teenage sailors refurbishing donated boats. Sea-Legs recently acquired a completed Amanda and has had it on display at the boat shows in Providence, RI and Hartford, CT. This new kit will be sold to raise money for their programs and also spotlight the Amanda as a great boat kit for all levels of boat builder and sailor. Thanks to Richard Lathrop and the Sea-Legs team for giving us the opportunity to help. Check them out on facebook.

Above: Amanda on display at the Sea-Legs booth at the Hartford boat shown in CT.

Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival “MASCF” 2016

B&B will be waving the flag at MASCF this weekend. Alan and Taylor will have their Core Sound 17 and the Expedition Sailing Canoe. Graham and Beth are bringing the freshly painted Core Sound 17 Mark 3 Carlita. Hope to see some friends there. (below picture borrowed from CBMM website.)

Photo Gallery from the event: CLICK HERE

Introducing the Ocracoke 20B

You’ve been asking for it. The new new Ocracoke 20B is here. We’ve added an integral plywood bracket into the popular Ocracoke 20 and increased the deadrise for even better offshore performance.

Aug. 25: Rough Point 37 Flipped

Hugh Wilde and his team just passed a big milestone on the new Rough Point 37. The boat is now upright. An unprecedented amount of structure was built into the jig allowing the hull to be easily flipped with no additional temporary structure. Hugh reported that the hull didn’t even creak and it doesn’t even have a deck on it yet. Check out more of their progress on the Rough Point FB page.

B&B featured in Watercraft Magazine

Read all about it. B&B’s new Core Sound 17 and 20 Mark 3 design featured in this months issue of Watercraft Magazine. Click here to READ THE ARTICLE.

B&B Finishes First in 2016 Watertribe Expedition Races

Graham and Alan have returned from the 2016 Everglades Challenge and Ultimate Florida Challenge both with first place finishes in their classes. Hard testing like this is what we enjoy most about small boat sailing. We are proud to show once again that plywood, epoxy, aluminum and dacron in the proper configuration results in safe, reliable craft with the strength to carry on as long as the sailor can endure.

Click here to read more about the event we just completed!

Our writeups and lots of video from the challenge will be coming soon so check back here!

Alan Stewart sailing the B&B Expedition Canoe during this years Ultimate Florida Challenge. A circumnavigation of Florida. Alan was the first solo craft to complete the course and set a new record.

Graham Byrnes sailing the new Core Sound 17 Mk3 in this years Everglades Challenge. Graham was the first solo sailor in Class 4 (small sailboats) to finish the over 300 mile course in challenging conditions.

NEW Outer Banks 20 Complete Kit

Now you can build an Outer Banks 20 from a kit!

The first kits for the Outer Banks 20 have been produced and we are looking forward to seeing them go together. This boat continues to attract even the old salts with her shapely lines and great proportions. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the original and making this kit as easy as possible. CNC cut bulkheads, frames, keel, and stem combined with a two-piece developed panel bottom mean that you’ll have the hull put together and on your way to gunk-holing in no time. Check it out.

Announcing the new Ocracoke 256

You’ve been asking for it. Here she is. The 256 features an integral bracket and two cockpit models to choose from. Lots of customization is possible with this kit and all in a package that is offshore capable and trailer-able.

Stay up to date with B&B on our Facebook Page and don’t forget to check out the B&B yacht designs forum at. www.Messing-About.com

Custom Sailtrack

B&B introduces a brand new custom aluminum sail-track for small boats. Currently only available through B&B. This track has been developed to replace the expensive stainless steel external track and utilizes standard 5/8″ plastic sail slides. Check it out!