'Brookes Classic Boats '

 Restoration, repairs and new-building of classic boats since 1978

 Classic boat work, surveys and brokerage undertaken worldwide

 Originally established in Maldon, England the business moved to Kumeu, New Zealand 1999

Peter Brookes was born Auckland NZ 1963. In 1976 he moved with his parents to the East Coast of England, and it was here following in his fathers footsteps that his passion for old wooden boats was born.

From the age of 12 Peter was sailing and restoring numerous small wooden boats, and at 14 undertook his first job as a paid skipper of the famous classic gaff-rigged yacht 'Vivette'. At 16 Peter began his apprenticeship with local builders and in his fathers boatyard. On completion of his training he worked on various classic yachts through the 80's. In 1990 he set up his own yard where he undertook extensive restorations on a number of yachts particularly International Metre Boats and the West Solent Class.

In 1999 with his own family Peter followed his parents back to NZ. After a short break his European clients caught up with him and he was asked to restore the 30 sq. metre 'Vivi', which would be shipped from Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The next project was for an English client, the new build of a traditionally built 1880's 50ft replica English pilot cutter, designed by his father Colin Brookes.mSNAME. A string of other projects have since followed.

Over the years a number of articles have been published about Peter and his achievements in numerous boating magazines including the 'Classic Boat Magazine' (some of the articles are listed below) :

July/August 1988 Article "Asti V"

No 107 February 1997 Article "The W Boats"

No. 187 January 2004 Article "An Englishman Abroad"

His craftsmanship and attention to detail is already well known in Europe. With work on 'Iorangi 'and the new build of a 68ft hollow spruce mast for 'Tawera' already completed, word has been spreading not only in New Zealand but throughout the world.

 Your boats location is unlikely to be a problem due to the low value of the New Zealand dollar enabling lower labour costs and overheads, and the cheap cost of shipping.

 We are currently working on projects from the UK, France and Australia

 Peter Brookes at the helm of the 100ft 'Moonbeam'. 2003