An incredible classic yacht restoration is about to begin on a boat once destined for the dumpster. From nearly being firewood – to a voyage down I-95 to one of the best boatwrights in New England, this Herreshoff from 1905 was the largest entirely wooden boat ever penned and built at the famous yacht yard: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, RI. After years of searching for an owner to take on this massive restoration project, a willing yachtsman stepped forward and the restoration is about to begin. Doris has been saved!
It started by moving her from Crocker’s Boatyard in New London, CT, where they spared the abandoned yacht from her dumpster demise for many years, but could no longer keep the rotting boat around with no owners and no plans for repair. But all of that changed when a willing party stepped forward and took on this historically important (and gorgeous) project.
The boat was moved to Taylor & Snediker Yacht Restoration company of Pawcatuck, CT where they will very ably begin the massive restoration. A great article about the move appears here (you have to answer a few questions but then can read the article) and you can follow the build on the gorgeous and very thorough website for the S/Y Doris. There are some wonderful photos on the website and plenty of history. Soak it up and follow Doris’ progress becuase in a few years time (5 they say?) we will be able to see her out sailing against her sister ships from the same era who have already been treated to a full restoration! Couldn’t happen to a nicer boat….