skipper evaluating spinnaker trim
skipper evaluating spinnaker trim
856-783-4288 Handcrafted Excellence Since 1966
                       856-783-4288      Handcrafted Excellence Since 1966

About Linthicum Sailmakers

About Brad Linthicum

Lightning sailboat photographed in 1959 Brad's Lightning photographed in 1959.

As a child who spent summers at the Jersey Shore, Brad soon developed an interest in boats, particularly sailboats. At age 11, Brad took up sailing at the Hobby Haven Sailing School in Ocean City, NJ. Soon he was racing his Lightning on weekends in Fleet 99 on the Great Egg Harbor Bay. By age 13, Brad was teaching sailing at Hobby Haven.  


While majoring in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, he raced on the college sailing team. After graduating, he took a short -term job building small sailboats with a local boat builder. Short term became longer term. Brad began to make more then the boats, he started making the sails for these small boats which included Sunfish, Comet, Moth, and GP-14. As the demand for new sails and sail service grew, Brad opened his own loft in Audubon, in1974.


In addition to racing Lightnings, Brad has sailed several other classes of small boats. Presently, he races a Laser in the New Jersey area. Brad has also raced off-shore events including the Newport to Bermuda Race. Brad and his wife, Valerie, spend several weeks each winter sailing with friends in the Caribbean and Central America.


Brad installing a pressed ring in the clew of a sail. Brad installing a pressed ring in a new genoa.

Brad has combined his love of sailing with his scientific education to create a sail making career that has lasted for nearly 40 years. It’s easy to see why Brad is confident in claiming that he is the most experienced sail maker in the area.


Today, the loft in Somerdale, NJ makes primarily racing and cruising sails for sail boats in the 20 to 45 foot range.   The loft also provides smaller sails and canvas items. The loft is open throughout the year providing new sails, sail cleaning, sail repair, and sail modification.

Linthicum Sailmakers Inc.
607 Grace St.
Somerdale, NJ 08083

Phone: 856-783-4288


Hours:  It's best to call.

Winter drop off and pickup hours are 9:30 to 1:30 weekdays.

We are also available evenings and weekends by appointment.


Serving the sailing community since 1966

Autumn leaf representing fall cleaning and re-conditioning .






Winter is here! It's a perfect time to beat the spring rush! Bring your sails, canvas and rigging needs in now so you'll be ready for spring splash!

Services include: 

Sail Inspection and Repair

Sail Cleaning

New Sail Construction

Canvas Cleaning and Repair Including Window Replacement Rigging Fabrication

Call Today for Details and Free Estimates!

The Linthicum Promise

We do what we say we are going to do.

We do it when we say we are going to do it.

Rely on Linthicum Sailmakers.


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