IYRS Graduation Launches Boats and Careers

“Launch your ships, launch your career” was the closing remark to the International Yacht Restoration School’s graduating class of 2015. On May 30 the now renowned boat building and marine systems and composite programs graduated 15 students at their beautiful facility and school on the Newport waterfront. Nestled in the working wharves along Newport’s waterfront, the students launched restored and new beetle cats, a restored Fisher’s Island 23 from 1934 with a total of eleven boats launched into Newport Harbor as fifteen students graduated from the School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, a two-year program in advanced wooden boatbuilding.

After a 2 year program, these students have completed what many regard to be the highest level of industry training.  It’s not just boatbuilding either, Students get intense training in project management, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and advanced woodworking skills throughout their two years in the program. Completing the restoration of two wooden boats, students learn various techniques including measuring, drafting, lofting, steam-bending, planking, spar making, and advanced joinery; not to mention project surveying and various business-related skills and career preparation.

If you love wooden boats and are hungry for more woodworking skills, composite or marine systems knowledge and training or even a new career – check out this amazing school in the heart of Newport Harbor. Their annual graduation is a celebration of their success as they launch students of all ages into a new appreciation of wooden boats and their building process and create some genius boatbuilders who adopt their new skills as a career. It’s a success for the school, for the Ocean State and for the students who can sail off to new horizons following graduation. These highly skilled students are ready to take on the world of wooden boats!

IYRS also has composites technology, marine systems training and more. With campuses in Bristol and Newport, it’s a great excuse to go to school again in the beautiful boatbuilding – centric state of Little Rhody!

Tips from A Shipwright: A Plan for a 12 1/2

Master Shipwright and sage video tipster, Louis Sauzedde, has his work cut out for him with this sweet little Herreshoff 12 1/2. She was washed up on the rocks and has some pretty serious damage that will require Lou’s expert work on her stem, planks, frames and bulkheads. So yeah, pretty much most of the boat needs some Lou love.

But he is not daunted by the task and in this video he goes over what his plan of attack is and how important it is to take the boat apart in pieces to retain the hull shape that makes it such a beauty and a pleasure to sail.  This little boat is lucky to be “alive” and is even luckier to have landed in Lou’s capable shop.

Restoring the Mathis Trumpy “Freedom”

Nestled between the super sheds of Hinckley and Hunt Yachts in Portsmouth RI is the more unassuming, yet equally impressive shed of McMillen Yachts. If you appreciate fine yacht restoration and the sweetness of American Motor Yachts – Trumpys, to be exact, then check out the painstaking attention to detail taken by the restoration experts at McMillen Yachts/ Mathis Yacht Building.

Under the leadership of classic yacht enthusiast, Earl McMillen, these guys have invented – or reinvented – the idea of fractional yacht ownership. Want a gorgeous classic yacht but don’t have 100% of the time or money required? Own a fraction of the yacht – and a beautiful yacht, at that. Check out the details on their website.

Then watch this video by Alison Langley of Maine (www.langleyphoto.com) about their restoration of Freedom and check out the write up they got on TotalBoat Show last year.  And then look for their spiffy yacht lineup all around the East Coast. Not just motor yachts, either – the 12 Meter “Onawa” is part of their collection, seen often sailing off Newport. Eye candy – all of it!


S/Y Nada

This is the promotional video for the recently restored, William Fife designed, 6 meter, Nada. It was found rotting on the beach by Woodstock Boat Builders who painstakingly restored her to her former glory.

Old Town Boat Replace Transom & Convert Trailer

The transom of this bright-finished, original per her build sheet, 1950 15’ Old Town Boat – Hull # 154324 – suddenly split across the port “ear” while she was running on the Connecticut River late in August, 2014. As destruction cascaded down and across the transom, while it continued powering the boat forward the outboard engine’s thrust suddenly rotated wildly, throwing the entire boat and her occupants into a corkscrew spin in the process. They were ejected without injury, but the transom was torn asunder. It had to be replaced.
The transom’s fasteners ripped through where they passed through the strakes’ tails. Many strakes split in the process.
Her owners presented Snake Mountain Boatworks with a challenge, “Can you build us a new transom and make “August West” whole and beautiful again?”
Yes, as you will see in this clip. John worked his magic and she is whole, and also much, much stronger than she was before disaster struck. The original transom was built up with three 1-1/4” thick planks fastened together with splined joints. Over time, a series of splits high up in the transom expanded further and further into their planks, until they broke through and through on that fateful August day.
We explored our options and finally settled on laminating two layers of red cedar, and staggering the seams between planks in the process. We ended up with a 1-5/8” thick plank which we planed and sanded down to the proper thickness.
The rest fell to John, who first fabricated cardboard patterns and then the rough-shaped transom-to-be. Finally I came upon him beaming in the shop, “What do you think?” Well, what do you think?
John also managed to save virtually all of the strakes by using a series of Dutchman patches, combined with Jamestown Distributors’ TotalBoat Thixo Wood epoxy adhesive that cures with a wood colored finish that we have learned can also be stained.

She arrived riding on a roller trailer that was in excellent conditions, save for those horrible rollers, which had settled into the bottom planking. (Pleas do not keep your vintage woody on rollers, unless they are the closely-set, 9″ rollers found on Tee Nee trailers. We converted the trailer to bunks, so August Wind now rides on six feet of double bunks, bunks that extend beyond her transom.

Well, here she is, waiting for her new lettering, and then August West will be ready to go home and deliver many more decades of pleasure to the family who owns her.

Kestrel at the Opera House Cup 2014

Kestrel is a 1929 Fishers Island 31 Herreshoff sloop racing at the Opera House Cup Regatta in Nantucket. Learn about the museum quality restoration of this classic wooden yacht, which was completed by the talented marine tradesmen from the “Ocean State” of Rhode Island. The 2014 Opera House Cup featured historic and modern traditional designed classic yachts from all over the world. A few of the boats racing – Spartan, Tempus Fugit, Rugosa, W – 37 Race Horse, US -1 Wild Horses, Northern Light, Weatherly, and Sumurun.

Making a new floor timber

In part 7, Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde continues his work on the ‘Rhode Island Red’ a Herreshoff 12 1/2 from Bristol, Rhode Island. In this video Lou shows his a quick and easy way to pattern and progressive bevel cut new floors with a ban saw.

35th Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta

Photos from the Classic Yacht Regatta in Narragansett Bay August 29th-31st.
In 1980, a group of New England yachtsmen founded the Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, to raise awareness of the glorious classic yachts that were decaying before their eyes. The Museum of Yachting organized the first event, and forty wooden classics came to the starting line. Now more than 30 years old, this annual showcase of vintage yachts is one way IYRS continues the traditions of the Museum of Yachting.

Metal hand plane restoration

In this tutorial, Brian shows how to take a rusty old metal hand plane and make it work like new.

1. Disassemble
2. Remove blade
3. Wipe clean
4. Sand off rust until true and flat
5. Wax and oil