Todd French and Peter Webb started French & Webb, Inc. in 1996. Over the years, the company has earned a distinct reputation for high standards and precision joinery as well as exceptional aesthetics, award-winning top-speed sailing vessels, and superb personal customer service. Todd and Peter met while serving on the faculty at The Landing School of boatbuilding and design in Kennebunkport. Each had operated his own shop and worked in various yards before they decided to combine their expertise at French & Webb. Located on the waterfront in historic Belfast, Maine, French & Webb builds wooden boats using cutting-edge methods in combination with traditional craftsmanship. The result is unparalleled workmanship and boats of the highest quality.
At French & Webb, we acknowledge the unique character and building requirements of each boat, and the specific needs of each client. We build to exacting specifications and expect that our products will meet rigorous standards of use and aesthetics. We seek to personalize the building process and maintain a professional and highly interactive relationship with our clients. Having a boat built is an exciting venture, and we are committed to doing it well and in a timely fashion.
Belfast is a rare gem of Victorian architecture and offers a great getaway to the beautiful Maine Coast. Clients of French & Webb enjoy the variety of boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and lodging choices in town and the surrounding area. Some Belfast links:
French & Webb has been featured in:
Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors - 2014 “French & Webb: Leilu: a jewell destined for lake sailing. ” an article by Art Paine.
Yachting - 2013 – “Chasing Quest” an article by Michael McMenemy.
Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors - 2011 – “Quest” an article by Art Paine.
Yachting - January 2009 – “Debutante’s Ball” an article by Dennis Caprio on the Buzzard’s Bay 30 project.
Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors – 2008 Boats of the Year – “Buzzard’s Bay 30’s” by Art Paine.
Cruising World - April 2008 – “A Maine Beauty Takes Flight” an article on our yacht Wings of Grace by Jeremy McGeary.
Woodenboat – April 2008 – Design Review of our Spitfire by Bob Stephens.
Woodenboat – Issue #203 & 204; these back to back issues contain a history of the Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 30 class as well as photos of the restoration and launch here at F&W.
Maine, Boats, Homes, and Harbors – March 2006 – “Boats of the Year 2005 – Wings of Grace.”
Woodenboat – June 2005 – Short piece on French & Webb and Wings of Grace.
OceanNavigator – American Yacht Review 2005 – “Wings of Grace – A Modern Approach to Tradition.”
Ocean Navigator – American Yacht Review 2004 & Dec 2004 – A review of Lion’s Whelp.
Maine, Boats, Homes, and Harbors – Winter 2004- “A Fetching Ketch” – a review of Wings of Grace.
Ocean Navigator – American Yacht Review 2003 – “Top 50 Custom Sailboats- Gusto.”
Maine, Boats, Homes, and Harbors – March 2003 -“Boats of the Year 2002 – Gusto.”
Maine, Boats, Homes, and Harbors – Winter 2002 – “Second Childhood” – a review of Elf.
Woodenboat – Oct. 2000 – “Just in Time – Building Antonisa’s Cockpit.”
Woodenboat – June 2000 – “The Business of Boatbuilding- French & Webb of Belfast, Maine.”
Maine, Boats, Homes, and Harbors – May 2000 – “A Rugged Powerboat With A Fishing Boat Heritage”- a review of Two Bush – a 38′ Garden/Page salmon troller yacht.
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