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berkBerkeley Marine is the center of custom yacht construction in the San Francisco Bay Area. Racing yachts built at the yard are generating considerable buzz in California sailing circles for their advanced designs, and for contributing to the rebirth of a local industry.

The yard’s dedicated, experienced design and construction team is the key to its success. Construction is led by long-time boat builder Cree Partridge, whose former company P-Squared Yachts, built dozens of high-performance racing yachts in Southern California throughout the 1980’s. Naval architect Jim Antrim, a familiar name in performance sailing circles, leads the design process. His innovative designs include everything from the Ultimate 24, Sportboat Magazine’s 2003 Boat of the Year, to a series of custom yachts, including an Open 50 built for the Vendee Globe and Around Alone races.

Also key to the team is John Palmer, who provides computer-cut components of the moulds used in the construction process. The team also features outstanding talent in the latest composite construction techniques, in rigging, and in marine electronics. Besides sharing an appreciation for excellence, all members are dedicated to their craft in custom yacht construction.

Building a yacht at Berkeley Marine Center gives the boat owner the opportunity to be as informed and as involved in the construction process as they’d like. Previous owners have taken an active role at the construction site, helping to work out the many details that can make the yacht a truly personal vessel. Additionally, a high-resolution camera monitoring system gives the owner real-time virtual access to the construction site.

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