Bernie Hyland works on old boats and makes his wooden parts in a small rental space in Wareham, Massachusetts. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Last summer, when I was looking for a replacement rudder for my son’s 1984 Sunfish sailboat, I happened to run into Bernie Hyland of Wareham, Massachusetts.

A finished Sunfish rudder. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Bernie is a lifelong boater, musician and mechanical jack-of-all-trades, but he excels at woodworking. From a tiny rental space he turns out all sorts of beautifully crafted wooden sailboat parts ranging from the aforementioned rudders to tillers, centerboards, toe rails and more. He also refurbishes old boats—when he has the time.

Bernie can make just about any wooden boat part you might be looking for—including many hard-to-find items—and he does so at a fair price.

To reach Bernie Hyland, call him at (774-283-5660); email berniehyland707@yahoo.com.

Photo Gallery:

Bernie makes all his parts by hand from high-quality wood. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

 

Wooden rudders and a centerboard, in various stages of completion. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

More parts take shape in the shop. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Hyland reinforces his rudders with stainless pins. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

 

Freshly varnished parts dry in Hyland's shop. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

 

Hyland displays a finished rudder. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

 

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