About Phillips Boatworks

A Family Who Sails Together…

Phillips Boatworks is a family owned and operated Outer Banks Sailing and Marine Services company located in Buxton, Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After more than 65 combined years in the sailing industry, The Phillips Family relocated onto Hatteras Island in 2018 and began offering sailing charters and marine services on Cape Hatteras.

For more than 40 years founder Jay Phillips has been working in the Sailing industry – racing, sailmaking, rigging, building and teaching. “We take people sailing for the first time and help them level up their skills, boats, parts, rigging, and sails. It is just what we do. All of us. Bunny isn’t teaching yet, but she will be soon enough”, says Jay Phillips of his family. Sailing is a whole family affair for the Phillips. Jay and his wife are both certified sailing instructors and USCG Licensed Captains. In 2020 during the Covid Pandemic, they founded Hatteras Sailing Organization during a time when other sports were closed and the local kids really needed outdoor activities. “I wanted my kids outside and playing with other kids, and so did other parents. We were lucky. Hatteras Sailing got a kickstart in the vacuum of Covid and has been going strong ever since”, says Meg Phillips.

Together in 2015, Meg & Jay developed and launched the Stiletto-X Series Catamarans, and are currently working. on a similar line of Phillips Catamarans called the pH-Series with two models, 8.5m and 10m, high performance daysailing catamarans in the style of the classic Stiletto-27 Catamaran used by Phillips Boatworks in their charter business.

Our Founders

Captains Jay & Meg Phillips

Capt. Jay Phillips has worked in the yachting industry since the age of 14 refinishing boats at his local boat yard in Havre de Grace, MD. In 1984, Phillips bought a Stiletto-27 Catamaran daysailing business at Fager’s Island Restaurant in Ocean City. After running his Stiletto Catamaran Charter for about 5 years, he moved to Annapolis MD to level up hone his competitive and professional sailing skills. Jay lived in Eastport Annapolis just behind the Chart House for the next 10 years and in the heart of the “Sailing Capitol of the World”. He focused on racing high performance yachts and fell in love with high tech catamarans. He worked professionally as a sailing coach, charter captain, rigging technician, sailmaker, and boat builder as part of his effort to balance and improve his understanding of yacht performance and offshore safety.

Through decades of boatbuilding projects, charter skippering, and yacht racing Jay became intimate with the waters of the Bahamas, Windward and Leeward Islands, Yucatan, Chesapeake, New England, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, and Bermuda. “Sailing opens doors for exploring new places, competition and meeting new friends”, according to Phillips. The ocean is a lifelong passion and he remains committed to sharing this passion with a new generations of sailors.

In 2006, Jay returned from living in the British Virgin Islands and settled in Fort Myers, Florida where he met Meg at McGregor Baptist Church. They bought a Stiletto-27 in 2007, spent their courtship sanding and finishing the catamaran, married in 2008, and had Noah in 2009. In 2013 they moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Beau Dudley Phillips was born in December of that year. Together from 2015 to 2018 they developed and launched the Stiletto X-Series, and in 2018, Meg & Jay moved to Hatteras Island. Bunny was born in May of 2019, and she began sailing Opti in the summer of 2022. Beau teaches beginner Optimist and hopes to campaign seriously in 2023/24. Noah sails Stiletto-27, Hobie-18, and C420, and is on the lookout for the right C420 partner. Currently, Jay is the Chairman of the Board for Hatteras Community Sailing and Meg is the Program Director. Together with their children, they own and operate Phillips Boatworks.

Our History

January 1, 2009

360 Yachting – Charter Yacht Management

Managed marketing, maintenance and execution of 1000’s of Bareboat and Crewed Charters in the Bahamas, Keys, Gulf of Mexico. Sailing and Power Yachts from 36 – 60 ft

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2013

Gunboat International

Rigging Team Leader for the new Gunboat 55 line of luxury all carbon epoxy resin infused performance catamarans

January 1, 2013
January 1, 2015

Stiletto-X High Performance Catamaran

Founder and Product Developer of the Stiletto X Series Catamaran Design. Founded production facility and built new prepreg carbon design demountable trailerable 33 ft high performance catamaran

January 1, 2015
January 1, 2018

Custom 72′ Schooner, Belle

Project Management of this 60′ LOD 72′ LOA Traditional Schooner. Specified, Designed and Installed all inboard systems on the vessel – Generator, Plumbing, Drivetrain, Steering, Gray/Black Water, Exhaust, HVAC. Designed Rig and Sail Plan.

January 1, 2018
January 1, 2019

Founded Hatteras Community Sailing

Just before the onset of COVID, Jay and Meg decided to go all in to form a new US SAILING Community Sailing Program for Junior Sailing on Hatteras Island and to fill the percieved need for continuing education for those wanting to learn more and go further with the sport than what the current resources in the region had ever before offered.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2020

New! pH850 High Performance Catamaran

Designed a new 8.5 meter demountable ultra lightweight prepreg carbon catamaran. Prototype construction, marketing, and outsourcing of parts production. Final Assembler

January 1, 2020
July 1, 2021

Established the Hatteras Sailing Center

To more firmly establish the educational objectives and promote the regional maritime heritage through long term and immersive hands on involvement, the Phillips’ aquired the old Fish House Restaurant Property on the Buxton Harbor/Boatyard frontage, which had been abandoned for years.

July 1, 2021
August 1, 2023

Established OBX Regions 1st High School Sailing Teams

Hatteras Sailing spearheads region wide SAISA Interscholastic High School Sailing Team Program and competed successfully in 2 major Southeastern Regional Events in Raleigh and Charleston.

August 1, 2023

Boat Building Projects

  • J24 Refinishing
    The Owner of the older J24 in Colington Harbor NC came to us to help him refurbish his boat. As with any older boat with limited value there is a big problem investing lots of money into it when the the improvements cost in today’s labor and materials market overshadow the potential resale value of […]
  • Sabre 42 Refinishing
    Winter 2023-24 we decided to refurbish and refinish this Sabre 42 Classic. The hull had been paint patched for over a decade and the luster on the old Awlgrip finish was no longer able to be kept up. The project started in early winter of 2023 in Beaufort NC at Bock Marine Boatyard, where we […]
  • Sea Ox Repower, Transom Rebuild, Floor Rebuild
    Repowering? Is your Hull Up to it??? Lets face it. Powerboat construction techniques have not always been the best. Maybe they do this so you will want your next boat sooner, maybe just to cut costs. It doesnt matter why, but its likely to need correction before your engine falls off the back of the […]
  • pH Series – Trailerable High Performance Catamarans
    pH Catamarans from Phillips Boatworks are the culmination of decades of multihull sailing, charter operations, sailmaking, rigging and boatbuilding experience. The pH Series Suite of hull designs feature common themes of being extremely lightweight and durable; easily trailered and road legal; and finally very agile and easily managable high performance. In essence, all of our […]
  • Hatteras Island – Yacht Rescue and Salvage
    Responsible and Safe Recovery from the Graveyard of the Atlantic The danger of offshore transit around Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals is frequently underestimated. Each year 5 – 20 vessels get stranded on the shallow bars of the Outer Banks as they approach Hatteras Point and Diamond Shoals off of North Carolina’s Barrier Islands. Especially […]
  • Gunboat 55 Rigging
    Leader of the Rigging Team at the Wanchese, NC Gunboat Factory. With a Team of 5 rigging team members, we worked on all stages of the rigging installations on the new Gunboat 55, all Carbon Fiber, Infused Catamaran. Nine hulls were on the floor during this time and were at all different stages of completion, […]
  • Time Flies! Are you and Your Boat Ready for 2021?
    Get your boat ready for next season….
  • Generator Installation
    Onan 13.5 kw Installation
  • Rig Development
    Rig Planning and Design

Some highlights of Captain Jay’s yachting experience include:

  • 30 Years as a Licensed 50 Ton USCG Captain running Power and Sailing Yachts up to 97 Feet
  • 25 Years Teaching Sailing and Cruising Programs via ASA and US SAILING Certified Schools such as JWorld Annapolis and Colgate, certifying over 1000 sailing students through Basic Sailing, Near Coastal, Bareboat Charter, Navigation, North U, Advanced Coastal Cruising, and various specialty racing clinics.
  • Over 150,000 logged sea miles, counting all deliveries, charters, instruction, sea trials, and solo offshore passages
  • Charter Captain for over 200 Crewed Caribbean (7 day charters) Charter Vacations. 50+ Bahamas Charters, 50+ Chesapeake Charters, 35+ Fl Keys Charters
  • Franchise Owner of Quantum Sail Design Caribbean Territory
  • Founder and Owner of North Sails BVI Sail Loft in Tortola, BVI
  • Founder and Owner of 360 Yachting – Yacht Management, Bareboat Charters, Crewed Charters, and Sailing School in Fl Keys and Bahamas
  • Product Developer and Builder of the new Stiletto X Series Catamarans
  • Designer and Builder of the new pH 850 Catamaran
  • Proven Tactician, Coach and Helmsman in countless One Design and Fleet Regattas Internationally (J22, J24, J80, Melges 24, Mumm 30, Tartan 10, IC14, IC24, J105, J120, J30, J29,) One Design Classes
  • Numerous Power and Motor Yacht Captain Work ranging from Annapolis Water Taxi’s to 97 ft Broward Megayacht, including Offshore Sportfishing, Inshore Fishing Tours, 25 Passenger Ferry, 50 Passenger Tour Boats, 350 Passenger Tour Boat, 50′ Sea Ray Charters in BVI, and Sunseeker Yachts in the BVI.

Jay and his wife, Meg, and children, Noah, Beau, and Bunny live in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, NC, USA.