Mike learned to sail on his family's Sunfish on a small lake in Connecticut. After earning a Bachelor's degree in history from Union College in New York, he returned to Connecticut to unite his passion for sailing with his love of history at the Mystic Seaport Museum. While at the Museum, Mike learned the fundamentals of sailmaking and sail repair from Captain Dan Moreland of Picton Castle, and proceeded to lead the maintenance of the Museum's sails.
Mystic Seaport has an important role in our history. Not only did it introduce Mike to the art of sailmaking, but it also introduced him to his wife, Harley. Also a Connecticut native, Harley became enamored with maritime studies when she was a student at Williams-Mystic and continued to work at the Seaport.
In 2013, Mike joined the crew at Nathaniel Wilson's sail loft, where he worked on the suit of sails for the Charles W. Morgan and NY-50 Spartan restorations among many other projects.
The idea for M&H Bartles, Sailmakers has been years in the making. Mike has dreamed of owning his own loft since his Mystic days and after his years in Maine, felt drawn to contribute to the state’s prestigious reputation in the maritime industry. After Harley began working at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath in summer 2018, Mike was inspired to finally start his loft. Thanks to a supportive group of friends and family, we opened in the fall of 2018.
Currently, Mike and Harley live in Boothbay Harbor with their two dogs, Rigby and Bowie.
products & services
Our sail loft offers the full complement of support to all sailors, from new sail design and construction right through to annual maintenance and repairs.
new sail construction
M&H Bartles, Sailmakers manufactures high-quality, custom-fit sails for both recreational and commercial sailboats. Through time-honored technique and research, our sails can meet the requirements of restoration and replica vessels dating from the 16th century to present. In addition, we build sails for contemporary boats, utilizing traditional methods to create a superior and longer-lasting product. Thanks to years of training, our sailmakers are uniquely suited to create historically accurate sails to exceed expectations.
Even without a sail plan, we can design a sail to fit your boat, by measuring existing sails or spars. Special attention will be paid to the exact arrangement of hardware on your boat to ensure your sails set perfectly.
Even with careful handling, all sails need mending eventually. Whether it’s a small hole or a major tear, our crew can survey your sail and explain your options for repair. From a simple patch to a larger panel replacement, we can get your sail back together in Bristol fashion. We also offer sail recuts to improve the set of your sail or to convert it to roller-furling.
winter maintenance & storage
Maintenance plays an important role in extending the longevity of your sails. Before we store them for the season, our crew thoroughly inspects every sail. In doing so, we can usually catch any repairs that may not be obvious, such as UV degradation from the sun, before they turn into a problem requiring significant work. We also offer cleaning services contracted through a professional sail washing company, priced by sail weight.
73 Corey Lane
Boothbay, Maine 04537
Loft: (207) 315-6016
Cell: (860) 335-8402