East Passage Boatwrights

East Passage Boatwrights opened its doors in September 2006 specializing in Wooden Boat construction and restoration. The company started with a partnership of three IYRS graduates and has now grown to more than ten employees. In a short amount of time they have restored a number of major projects and have earned a great reputation.

Pictured here is the S-boat Aquila #828 – which is the oldest S-Boat in Narragansett Bay. The S Class Sloops were designed almost 100 years ago in 1919 by the “Wizard of Bristol” Nat Herreshoff. There were about a hundred S-Boats built between 1919 and 1940 and amazingly many are still being raced today. S-boats carry a powerful sail plan with a self-tending jib, main and spinnaker. One of the most distinguishing attributes is the 42-foot spruce mast, which is tapered, hollowed and curved aft – giving it a rakish appearance.

Interestingly, the S-Class was the first Marconi rig that Herreshoff designed and the built-in curve may have been an attempt to emulate a gaff rig.


The team at East Passage, under the firm eye of their canine management, is refastening Aquila’s hull in preparation for the sailing season on Narragansett Bay.

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East Passage Boatwrights is based just up the road from Aquila’s original boat shed at Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI. Franklin Street, where they are located, has become a bustling center for boat building with many a beautiful boat hidden behind the large garage doors that line the street. If you see the door up at East Passage, pop in and tell them TotalBoat Show sent you!

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