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Sparkman & Stephens adds R.I. design office

Sparkman & Stephens announced that it expanded its design department to Newport, R.I.

Yacht design, naval architecture and marine engineering services will be offered at both the New York and Newport locations starting June 1.

"We feel we can better serve our client base, local boatbuilders and service yards by positioning permanent design personnel in our Newport offices," S&S president Bruce Johnson said in a statement. "As the yachting center of the Northeast, Newport is the natural location for our expansion."

In Newport, the staff will focus on new designs for custom one-off and production building in both power and sail, as well as refit work.

The Newport team will comprise naval architects Brendan and Daniela Abbott. Brendan Abbott is a graduate of Webb Institute and an alumnus of Fontaine Design Group in Portsmouth, R.I. Daniela is a graduate of Webb Institute, with a master's degree from the University of Southampton.

The designers will join S&S brokers Jeff Grey and A.J. Evans, currently based in Newport.

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