Andy Giblin grew up sailing and racing on Fishers Island Sound and lives in his native Noank.
As a teenager, he apprenticed with Capt. Jack Wilbur, Noank’s last practitioner of traditional workboat building. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1985, and after earning a Coast Guard license with a sail endorsement he captained the Herreshoff cutter NEITH, following her extensive restoration in 1980-1984. He later worked on the major restoration of the Wm. Fife yawl Cotton Blossom IV (ex. Hallowe’en) at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, RI.
In 1986, Andy joined Ben and Ed and McClave, Philbrick & Giblin was born, based in Stonington. In 2000 Andy built a new and larger building for MP&G in Mystic, on the property of Noank Marine Services.
Andy has developed a number of applications that use modern technologies to update traditional wood boat construction and restoration without sacrificing the advantages of modular plank-on-frame boatbuilding. His refined techniques eliminate planking butts in both old and new construction, and he has adapted modern hull-fairing techniques to be compatible with traditional planked construction. He continues to research and develop new systems of fabric deck coverings for wooden boats.
In the early 1990s Andy helped the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI maintain and race their fleet of Herreshoff-built boats. This association helped MP&G be selected to restore three boats that are now on display. Andy also directed the restoration of the Key West fishing sloop Jeff Brown for the Noank Historical Society. MP&G’s computerized accounting is managed by Andy’s wife Mary.
Ed grew up in Groton and now lives in Noank. He received his B.S. In Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer in 1972, then served as a naval officer. He began woodworking, boatbuilding and boat restoration commercially in 1975, working as a researcher and boatbuilder in museum small-boat shops at Mystic Seaport and Strawbery Banke. He received his M.S. In Ocean Engineering from URI in 1991, where his thesis was on fishing vessel stability. Ed has been a partner in MP&G since the company’s founding in 1981 and has participated in the design work, as well as hands-on restoration, rebuilding, and repairs to more than fifty vessels. He has also built many wooden small boats, some to his own designs.
In 1994 he was a member of the USCG working group that developed new wooden vessel inspection guidelines, and he later updated major sections of those guidelines. He has been a member of the boatbuilding program advisory committee of the Landing School for many years, and also served on an advisory committee for the Museum of Yachting.
Ed has written a number of articles for Woodenboat magazine. He also co-taught all of the ABYC’s marine corrosion seminars from 1991 to 2003, helped develop the curriculum for their certification program, and contributed to the development of related ABYC standards. He has for many years served as an independent marine corrosion consultant for private vessel owners and for government agencies, and as an expert witness in legal proceedings involving wood boats and marine corrosion.
Ed also developed the computer program Bevelgage, used by boatbuilders to assist with geometric, construction, and scantling calculations and to provide technical information.
As a lecturer, Ed has taught a range of topics (boatbuilding, marine corrosion, and marine history) to groups from the USCG, SNAME, ASNE, NAMS, the MIT Museum, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the Landing School, Mystic Seaport, IYRS, and some others he can’t remember. Somewhat uniquely among wood boatbuilders, Ed did not come over on the Mayflower.