Current projects at the Spaulding Marine Center

We are constantly finishing projects and taking on new ones. Take a look at the current construction and restoration projects or come by and see for yourself!

Freda is ready to sail!

We are in the finishing stages of our "Friends of Freda" program. "Friends of Freda" is a community sail program where we offer free outings on our historic 1885 gaff rigged sloop. If you are interested in sailing with us or joining our crew or helping us maintain this historic vessel email with the subject line "Friends of Freda".


This is Arete

Designed and built by Myron Spaulding, Arete is a Greek word that means best. 

Commissioned by Bob Crowley, Myron Spaulding's lifelong friend, Arete's keel was laid in 1958, with a myriad of circumstances delaying her launching until 2005. Arete was designed as a bay and coastal racer/cruiser of her era. She is constructed of mahogany with white oak frames, and full length carvel fir planking. Her fastenings are silicon bronze and her ballast keel is lead. Arete is 28' overall. Shown in the photo with her construction molds above, she has been launched, lives at our dock, and now sails the Bay. 



“Nothing sails like a bird.”

Originally called the San Francisco ‘S’ Class, these boats were designed in Sausalito and built for San Francisco Bay sailing. So many of the boats were named after birds (Osprey, Curlew, Petrel, etc.) that they soon became known as Birds or Bird Boats. Owned for some years by Gladys Spaulding, Mavis is one of the few that wasn’t named after a bird. Between 1921 and 1947, approximately twenty-five Bird Boats were built, several of which are still sailing the Bay. In 2017 Mavis was donated to the Spaulding Marine Center, where she will undergo an extensive restoration.



The SV14 is a unique design, created by Alex Simonis and Maarten Voogd, to enable people with disabilities to enjoy sailing. Boats for disabled sailors are often prohibitively expensive, but the SV14 is built from CNC-cut marine plywood, and designed for amateur builders. Master boat builder and volunteer Peter Saggers built this SV14 here at Spaulding Marine Center, as one of five prototypes being built around the world. International collaboration continues to make a high performance sailboat for disabled sailors a reality. We solicit regular input from our friends at BAADS (Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors) for a launch in the spring of 2018.