Eric Hall of Hall Spars addresses the group of journalists as RI Governor Chafee looks on.
Writer and photographer William Tuthill of Jamestown, Rhode Island, was invited to participate in a recent media tour hosted by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, which is seeking to disseminate the message: “You can do it here in Rhode Island”.
He files these photos:
The 3D imaging and CNC mold-making operations at Mould Cam were impressive.
The Hinckley yard in Portsmouth has one of the largest spray booths in the country. They have full mechanical, rigging, canvas, paint, carpentry, and management services, and employ over 100 expert craftspeople. They also have an intern program that teaches skills to young people interested in the marine trades.
Peter Van Lanker of Hunt Yachts and Paul Harden of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Hunt Yachts are built in Portsmouth, and sent all over the world.
With dozens of local marine businesses left unseen, we headed to Newport for a tour of the Newport Shipyard conducted by Charles Dana. Here a 260-ton yacht is moved via the yard’s 330-ton Travelift.
Our tour wrapped up at the elegant 41 North in Newport, which offers deluxe accommodations, a marina and restaurant.
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About the Author
William Tuthill grew up sailing on soft water in summer and was in an iceboat before he was able to walk. An avid windsurfer and restorer of boats in summer, Tuthill prefers the speed winter wing sailing. He writes the "On the Water" column for the Newport (RI) Daily News and is a freelance contributor to various print and online media.