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About Edward "Ted" Brewer

Ted was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1933. In 1957 he was a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army but resigned his commission to return to his first love, boating. He was lucky to get a job as yacht broker with George Cuthbertson, who later founded C&C Yachts. At the same time, Ted was working on the Westlawn School of Yacht Design course.

Ted with the 18' runabout he designed
for the Silva Bay Shipyard School

Ted learned a great deal about design from George and also from Dick Telford, a boat builder, very capable designer, and good friend, who also worked there. During his years with Cuthbertson, Ted was racing aboard 8 meter yachts in Lake Ontario and sailing his own small boats up and down the lake. Then, in late 1960 he had a chance to move to Connecticut and work for A. E. "Bill" Luders Jr. as assistant designer.

While with Bill he worked on everything from 5.5 meter sloops (about 50 of them), to 12 meter America's Cup racers, ocean racing yachts and power boats. He assisted in the modification of WEATHERLY for the successful 1962 Cup defence and did all the drawings for the Bill Luders' designed 12 meter yacht AMERICAN EAGLE, and supervised her construction. While with Luders, Ted raced aboard Bill's swift and lovely STORM, and crewed on other Luders designs in the Miami-Nassau, Annapolis-Newport and similar distance events.

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In 1967 Ted moved to Brooklin, Maine to hang out his shingle but still did all of Luders drafting, including the conversion of EAGLE to an ocean racer. In partnership with Bob Wallstrom he produced over 100 custom and production designs, from 18' catboats to the exquisite 62' teak ketch TRAVELLER III and, from the sublime to the ridiculous, even a 64' 3 masted schooner approved by the USCG for daysailing 125 passengers.

In the mid 1970s Ted pioneered his, widely copied, radius bilge method of building metal hulls and, over the years, designed dozens of steel and aluminum craft from 30 to 100 feet. One of these yachts, GLOBE STAR, circumnavigated the globe in 1981 without the use of sextant, compass or instruments of any kind.

In 1979 Ted moved to Washington state and, in the next 20 years, produced 160 more designs including the beautiful Whitby 55 ketch, the handsome 45' schooner SOPHIA CHRISTINA and the fast and powerful 70' schooner TREE OF LIFE, winner of the 2000 Antigua Race Week.

Ted and Betty Brewer

In 1999 Ted and his wife Betty returned to Canada and settled on Gabriola Island, B.C. where he  designed a few more custom yachts, sold stock plans, wrote for boating magazines, and donated time, lecturing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School. In June 2006 they moved to Agassiz, BC.  In addition to completing over 270 designs, Ted has written three books; one of them, Understanding Boat Design, is now in its 4th edition and has been a popular design primer for 30 years. He is now mainly retired, although he still sells stock plans to those who are interested in them.

Ted has raced and cruised in waters from Hawaii (3 Trans-Pacs) to the eastern Mediterranean, and from the Caribbean to the Great Lakes.

Brewer Yacht Designs
1825 Evergreen Drive
Agassiz, BC
Canada VOM 1A3
Phone 604-796-373
2  Fax 604-796-3738

12 July 2014