One of the really fascinating finds of my trip to Newport was the prevalence of very old boats. There is an entire industry about finding and restoring very old wooden boats, often from a wrecked status to like-new condition. There were amazing examples all over Newport when we were there. Some of it was the draw of the international show. But much of it is also specific to Newport.
We were able to go aboard the completely refurbished wooden cruiser closest to the dock. It is luxurious. Cost of these rebuilds, I am told, range in the $10 – 15 million arena.
We were also intrigued by the “old school” workmanship of the newest of America’s “Tall Ships,” which acts as a school and maritime school for young people.
The the best of all, was our walk-through of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) . Here they have small classes of 12 -14 students who go through 2 years of wooden boat building training and education. It is mainly “hands-on.” One of the things the teams do is completely restore certain model, old wooden boats that were popular enough years back that they are fairly plentiful. AS you can see, they are typically in very poor – even shipwrecked condition. But they find them and bring them back to the school where they restore and then sell them.
They also do single model restorations. These are typically paid for by benevolent owners. The boats shown here are popular small models.
In addition to the ongoing school efforts, IYRS is currently involved in the long-term restoration of a one-of-a-kind recreational sailing yacht, the Coronet, a 131 foot, 1885 Schooner. The yacht was involved in one of the first ever transatlantic races, and was sailed around the globe by its original owner. It was owned by several different owners prior to being acquired by IYRS in 1995. IYRS later conveyed title to a group of investors, who are paying to have it restored. Begun in 2010, restorations are ongoing. The yacht has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Everything will be restored or rebuild as close to original spec and materials as possible. It was a fascinating thing to behold; And to imagine a private yacht as large and as luxurious as this back in 1885.
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