East Passage Boatwrights: A Passion for Wooden Boats


When we select customers to profile, and we have many over qualified excellent customers, the best part of the job is paying a site visit to the yard or shop for extra photos and a glimpse into what makes the customer such a success. Upon stepping foot into the East Passage Boatwrights shop, it is immediately apparent that they are busy with demanding jobs and customers and their time is precious.

We can relate – most boat shops are a bit sleepy in December and January and come March/ April – it’s “go” time and as the days get longer, seemingly so do the work lists. The owners, Seth Hagen and Carter Richardson, both graduates  of Newport’s prestigious International Yacht Restoration School, found their passion. And boats whose owner’s share the passion have found that Seth and Carter are beyond capable of the most detailed restoration or refit.


East Passage Boatwrights provides quality restoration, repair, and maintenance to some of New England’s most prestigious wooden boats. EPB’s list of projects is expansive and includes the 1937 S&S auxiliary sloop SONNY, the 1949 Johan Anker International Dragon SINGOALLA, the 1939 S&S yawl SKYLARK, the 1978 Bruce King ketch WHITEHAWK, and the 1957 Naval Command Cutter NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, affectionately known as the “Admiral’s Barge.”

Aquila, a Herrreshoff S Boat, like many other customers, seems to return to their Bristol, RI shed every season for some sort of TLC. And what is a better testament to their fine work than happy customers who come back for more? A write up in TotalBoat Show might be a bit better…altho it pays less, admittedly. And when the guys are too busy to fill us in on their projects we don’t mind because the shop dog, “Shackle,” (whose name has been changed for her own protection) is happy to see us and guide us around without fail.

Check out our customer bio on Shackle and her masters at EPB in our Go Deeper section. And if you’re in Bristol sniff out the EPB shop for a tour and a peek at the impressive fleet they service and their fine handiwork. Shackle will be happy to show you around….woof.


3 thoughts on “East Passage Boatwrights: A Passion for Wooden Boats

  1. I tapped on “Go Deeper” icon re: Shackle, the dog, but nothing came up. What do I need to do to access the article?

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