YOUR SOURCE FOR NEW THISTLES, REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, BLADES AND MORE
Beacon Composites is the official builder of the Thistle Class Association. Whether you want to order a new boat, repair and maintain your current boat, or get new blades, hardware or a trailer, Beacon Composites is here for you.
Ready to order your new Thistle? Beacon Composites makes it easy to get exactly what you want, and you'll have your new boat in about 3 months!
The boat was fast and felt super stiff in the big chop conditions. The glass and woodwork is on par with the best Thistle builders in the class. Alex clearly has an eye for detail.
Over a five-day period we sailed 4052, the newest Thistle, in light air and up to 15+ knots. There is no question that the boat is solid, well-built and fast.
Alex made some great modifications to the GMW design. The woodwork is excellent, and the quality of the fiberglass joints is outstanding. All in all, I could not be more pleased with the boat.
Owner of 4052
I was hugely impressed with Alex, his shop, and his construction techniques. I have been sailing for over 50 years. This is my first new boat, and Kingfisher (4075) is a beauty!
Owner of 4075
Outfit your new Thistle with everything it needs.
Get the stability of an Allen Boat Company trailer with the protection of custom Beacon Composites Thistle bunks for $2,960.
Coming soon: Protect your boat with Gillum Specialty Construction covers.
Take advantage of our new boat sail discount by contacting the sailmaker of your choice: Evolution Sails, North Sails, or Quantum Sails.
Whether you need repair work to get your Thistle back on the water or maintenance to keep it in great shape, make Beacon Composites your first call. For both fiberglass and wood Thistles, Beacon can handle many of your repairs, custom modifications and paintwork.
Repainting • Fiberglass repair • Woodwork • Structural repairs
Rail replacement • New tanks • Re-bedding hardware • And more!
Ready to talk about your project?
Email a few photos of your Thistle to firstname.lastname@example.org to give Alex an idea of the work your boat needs. Alex will get in touch to discuss your project.
MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS
I knew 3951 was in need of repairs, paint and bright work. During the pandemic of 2020 was a perfect time to have it done. I was hesitant to take the boat to Alex at Beacon Composites because I personally had not seen any of his work. I had only heard from a couple people that he had done good work. After talking to Alex I agreed to take my boat to him. I stripped the boat of all the hardware and took it to his shop. He emailed me updates with photos during the process. Alex did an amazing job. I am really pleased with the paint and varnish work. I wished we had weighted the boat before and after. Alex has sailed with me and is very knowledgeable of the boat. He is very open to discussions and very willing to share his knowledge and advise on projects. I have shared with him repairs I have done such as replacing the wood in the bow stem. He was very helpful in advising me through the project. I would recommend him for any of your boating needs.