More than 300 people gathered Wednesday, May 18 to celebrate the launch of Trade Wind, a John Alden-designed motorsailer, after a three-year restoration by Rockport Marine.

The 62-foot Trade Wind was originally named Tsunami when it was built in 1938 at the Jacobs Yard in City Island, N.Y. At the time it was built, motorsailers were a common sight on the water.

When the current owners, Michael and Marcy Brenner, bought the boat, it had benefited from some repair work over the years, but was in need of an overhaul.

The Brenners wanted a second home and came to Rockport Marine with pictures of details of yachts from around the world and were involved in every aspect of the restoration, a press release said.

Trade Wind received a complete interior, exterior, rig and systems redesign. The restoration incorporated close collaboration between Rockport Marine’s in-house design office and Niels Helleberg of Niels Helleberg Yacht Design to achieve the owners’ goals while staying true to the original John Alden design.

The first year of the project addressed the structural improvements necessary to Trade Wind, including the repair and replacement of oak frames and approximately one third of the original Burmese teak planking. They yard laid a new teak composite deck, built new cabin houses and deck furniture, and shaped new spars.

Trade Wind is powered by two rebuilt General Motors 671 engines and is equipped with a generator, water maker, diesel heating stove, full galley, and Raymarine electronics package. Rockport Marine and Lowe Hardware custom made much of the bronze hardware.

The boat also carries two tenders, Zephyr, which was constructed by students of the International Yacht Restoration School, and Rose Wind, a small Alden-designed, lapstrake motor launch that was built in-house.

The crew spent the next two years focusing on the details of the deck and interior. There are two staterooms forward, a spacious main salon, an engine room, and an owners’ cabin aft. Leaded glass cabinets and built-ins are featured in the main salon, and the sitting area is fitted with red club chairs. In the owners’ stateroom, a small diesel heater warms the space holding a bunk for two, which is lined with custom drawers and shelves, and cabinets concealing a washer and dryer, as well as a spacious head, complete with a claw foot bath tub.

“Restoring Trade Wind was a complex project, and required our absolute best effort in detail-oriented fine joinery,” Rockport Marine owner Taylor Allen said. “Working with the Brenners has been a pleasure in all respects, but it has been rewarding to work for a couple of such exacting standards. We are honored that they brought their project to us.”

For additional information on Trade Wind, contact Yard Manager Maria Simpson at 236-9651 or

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