Wilbur Yachts is a custom boatyard with a staff and crew trained to respond to the individual needs of discriminating clientele.

Our dedication to personal need is no better exemplified than in the Wilbur/Newman 46, a seaworthy boat for pleasure and commercial use alike. Over the last 30 years Lee S. Wilbur & Co. has built many different configurations of the Wilbur/Newman 46. Among these are pleasure, sportsfishermen, commercial and research vessels (including the Smithsonian Institute’s Beagle IV).

The bare hull is purchased from Jarvis Newman Inc. and is made of hand laid-up fiberglass. Hull design is by Royal Lowell.

There are various standard layouts available, along with an in-house draftsman and engineer to assist you in the development of your boat.

We bring in carpenters, mechanics and electricians to meet with you and discuss in depth your ideas for the perfect 46′.

It is these same people you talk to prior to construction that will build your boat and test each system for your acceptance. Our boat’s excellent quality stems from the unity shared by its craftsmen.

Virtually all of the work (except bare hull lay-up) is done in the Lee S. Wilbur & Co. yard. Our finish and custom work in the joinery shop is excellent, receiving praise from owners, passengers, and the media.

Wilbur boats are known for their seaworthiness, strength, and economy of operation. The Wilbur/Newman 46 has proven itself on both the eastern and western seaboard in the severest of conditions, from the steep chop and strong currents off the coast of New England to a full hurricane off the Galopagos Islands.

For those seeking quality craftsmanship and excellent performance, the Wilbur/Newman 46 is made for you.


  • Length: 46’2″
  • LWL: 44′
  • Beam: 15’5″
  • Draft: 4’6″
  • Beam at stern: 12’11”
  • Fuel capacity: 600-1000 gallons
  • Typical Configuration:
  • Horsepower recommended: 350-110 hp
  • Single & Twin Engines
  • Interior: Custom built by Wilbur Yachts
  • Hull: Hand-laid fiberglass