Block & Becket Shipwrights opens in Rhode Island

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A new shipyard has opened in Rhode Island to construct and restore classic wooden boats.

Block & Becket Shipwrights, based at Tupelo Cove in Bristol, opened its doors in late January.

Block & Becket said it is a traditional plank-on-frame builder with a focus on classic sail and powerboat designs. Additional services include maintenance and repairs, custom cabinetry and specialty woodworking.

The company is the creation of Keith Brown, an experienced shipwright and sailor, and his business partner, sailor Katie Tuttle, who is also a marketing and business executive with longstanding ties to the marine industry. Brown’s work as a shipwright includes work on yachts from designers and builders such as Herreshoff, Sparkman & Stephens, Burgess, Hacker and Concordia.

Block & Becket said it intends to offer boat owners a personal, informed and service-driven approach to historic yacht building and preservation.

“We began this company for people who appreciate the history, beauty and joy of historic wooden yachts,” Brown said in a statement. “Our goal in every project is to cultivate longstanding relationships with our clients and the boats they love while providing a level of service and communication that sophisticated customers demand.”

Brown, a graduate of the Boatbuilding & Restoration program at IYRS in Newport, R.I, said Block & Becket bases its work on research into the history of each yacht it restores, re-creates or repairs.

“We are committed to carrying on the boat’s legacy while working collaboratively with clients to make decisions that are correct for both their lifestyle and their budget,” he said.

Block & Becket said its initial projects include the restoration of a 1937 Herreshoff 12-1⁄2, extensive work on a 1930 Dawn Corp. motor cruiser and the construction of a replica 1934 John Hacker hydroplane.

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