New RI Company Specializes in Wooden Yachts


The small world of historic yacht building and restoration companies has a new member. Block & Becket Shipwrights, headquartered at Tupelo Cove in Bristol, RI, opened its doors in late January 2015 with the goal of offering discerning boat owners a personal, informed, and service-driven approach to historic yacht building and preservation.


Block & Becket is a traditional, plank-on-frame builder with a focus on classic sail and powerboat designs. Additional services include maintenance and repairs, in addition to custom cabinetry and specialty woodworking, making the company a comprehensive resource for all clients who have a passion for historic wooden yachts. IMG_0928-2The company is the creation of Keith Brown, an experienced shipwright and sailor, and his business partner, Katie Tuttle, an avid sailor and successful marketing and business executive with longstanding ties to the marine industry. Keith’s work as a shipwright includes working on yachts from designers and builders such as Herreshoff, Sparkman & Stephens, Burgess, Hacker and Concordia.


“We began this company for people who appreciate the history, beauty, and joy of historic wooden yachts,” said Brown. “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, RI, added that Block & Becket Shipwrights bases its work on research into the history of each yacht it restores, recreates, 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.” Block & Becket’s initial projects include the restoration of a 1937 Herreshoff 12 1/2, extensive work on a 1930 Dawn Corporation Motor Cruiser, and the building of a replica 1934 John Hacker hydroplane. Look for Block & Becket this year at the 24th Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in June 2015.


For more information contact Katie Tuttle at (203) 675-5035.