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
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
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
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