Fall In Boothbay

Posted on Tuesday September 27

Fall has arrived in Boothbay and time has come to close the shop for the season. A number of new standard models were built this year and are show on the website. In addition, a number of custom models were built including a S&S Yankee 38, Sabre 38, Oyster 46, Duffy 26, Krogen 42 and a Bristol 32.
This year, I made the transition to Awlgrip on the painted custom models. I hope to extend this to all painted models. Although this adds some cost, the resulting finish is well worth it.
Next season, I will not be stocking any models since different colors and woods are often requested. The portfolio models shown on the website will be delivered in about 2-3 weeks after order. The price shown is approximate since the painting and wood may alter the price.
Next season, I will be limiting the number of models I build to allow me to accurately schedule the delivery. If you are thinking about a custom model, I request you contact me soon since the schedule for 2012 is filling up.
Have a great winter and thanks for your continued interest and business.

Model Building Time is Here

Posted on Friday April 8

There will be quite a few additions to the website in the month of April. The following new models will be added:

Alerion 26
Boothbay Harbor One Design
Bridges Point 24
Holland 32
Lowell 36
Marshall 22 Catboat
Sakonnet 23
Stuart Knockabout

These will be In Stock Models in varnished finish and painted finish. This year all In Stock Models will be 18″ long. Other sizes can be ordered as a Custom Model. A list of available alternate colors and woods will be added to the website. These will be available for a 10% premium. This year all prices will include free shipping in the US.

The 2010 In Stock Models will all be updated with rudders and centerboards if applicable.

Since this is a major addition, all may not be ready by the end of April. Please be patient, all should be done sometime in May. If you need something for a special occasion, please let me know and I may be able to shift things around.

Best Wishes for a New Year

Posted on Saturday January 8

The New Year has begun and the time to start making models approaches.  At the current time, I am busy working on the designs of the new models that will be built in 2011.  Please check the “Upcoming Models” page to see what is new.

Another addition, I hope to make this year is an expanded collection of classic Maine lobster boats to be offered as in stock models.

I have had a number of requests and questions concerning custom models.  Yes, I do these.  In order to simplify the process, I have added a section to the “Custom Models” page which addresses most of the frequent questions.  If this section does not answer your question, please contact me.

Fall in Boothbay Harbor

Posted on Saturday October 16

October Blowing in the Wind is appropriate.  The leaves have turned colors and the northerly winds have appeared in Boothbay Harbor.  It seems the fine summer has come to an end.  September and October was a busy time at Riley Marine.  In addition to supplying some classic models for holiday gifts, four new models were added namely the 28’ Stuart Knockabout, Marshall 22 catboat, Lowell 36 lobster boat and the largest model to date the Flying Cloud.  The Flying Cloud shown in the photo is approximately 29 inches long.  In a final push for this fall, I plan to finish a couple of Rozinantes.  Most of these are available upon request.  Some may be added to the In Stock model collection.

Toward the middle of November, my wife and I will be heading to Key Largo, Florida for a while.  Not many chips will be flying during the winter.  If you see any classic models on the website, we may still be able to get them to you for the holidays.   Over the winter, I plan to work on model designs for five or six more classic boats.  If you have any suggestions, please pass them on.  Although I do not build all that are suggested, I do consider those for which I receive multiple requests.

Orders for In Stock models will be accepted until November 5, 2010.  It is unlikely that any more will be shipped until April, but please inquire.

Website Update and Upcoming Shows

Posted on Sunday August 8

The Riley Marine website is currently being updated.  Several new models including the long promised Friendship sloop will be added.  In addition to new models, two new sections will be added.  First, by popular request, we are expanding our custom services.  A page has been added to describe them.  Second, we have added a page listing the standard models, which we expect to add.  No timeframe has been set for these models, but they will be added as interest warrants.

During the week of August 8, the site may look a bit strange.  We expect the update to be done by August 14.  Please come back and look again.

For those of you in Maine, we would like you to know that we will have an exhibit at the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors show in Rockland August 13-15.  If you attend, please stop in for a visit.  We will also be at Windjammer Weekend in Camden on Labor Day weekend.

April News

Posted on Monday March 29


Coastal Fishing Boat Became a Classic Cruising Sailboat

Riley Marine Models announces the latest addition to its line of half-hull models with the release of the Friendship sloop, a cruising type popular on the coast of Maine and elsewhere.

Friendship sloops originated in the coastal town of Friendship, Maine in the late nineteenth century. Originally used for fishing and lobstering, the gaff-rigged sailboats were later adopted by cruising sailors for their seakindly ways and superb good looks. Friendship sloops range from about 21′ to 50′ in length, and are still being built in both wood and fiberglass. The one shown in the photo is Bay Lady of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Riley’s laminated-wood half-hull model measures 13″ long, and is mounted on a 16″-long mahogany backboard. The hull itself is available with a gloss natural finish, or painted in custom colors by special order.


Opens New Shop to Accommodate Rapid Business Growth

Riley Marine Models will move into a larger manufacturing facility in April, 2010. The move into a brand new 2,300-square-foot building represents the second expansion in just three years for the rapidly-growing builder of half-hull models of historic boats and ships.

The new shop is located in the Boothbay Industrial Park, home to many other marine-related businesses in the historic coastal town of Boothbay, Maine. The move provides additional space for design and manufacturing processes and wood storage. It will enable Riley Marine Models to build larger models and to stock a wider variety of wood species.

“Some of the trees that we cleared from the building site will be used in our models,” said company president Ed Riley. “We’ve milled up some nice white oak, and these will make lovely half-hulls for display.”

The company’s contact information will not change. It is still at PO Box 86, Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538. Phone: 207-415-7661. Email: info@rileymarinemodels.com


Riley Marine Models will exhibit at two boat shows this summer. If you’d like to meet our staff and see our models up close, these are fun events and good places to do it.

8th Annual Boat Builders Festival in East Boothbay, Maine. August 1. The festival benefits the Boothbay Region Land Trust.

Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland, Maine. August 13-15.  A big celebration of Maine crafts, food and, of course, boats.

Details of our exhibits are yet to be determined, so please check back closer to the event dates for specifics. Thanks.

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