In 1980, when Charlie Carey needed a new boat for The Moorings' bareboat fleet, he turned to the Mariner Yacht Company, in Rochester, New Hampshire. The result of Carey's lengthy discussions with yacht designers Eric White and Arthur Berry was the Mariner 39. Of the 29 that Mariner built before folding under the weight of its own high standards, more than half had The Moorings' charter layout. These boats had inboard shrouds (but another iteration moved the shrouds outboard), a teak rubrail, and an interior more suited for private cruising. Most were sloops, although a few were cutters or ketches.