Restored Wooden Boats for Sale from IYRS

Sally, Maine Lobster Boat. Photo/IYRS

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Students at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), based in Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island, restore and sell classic wooden boats so that they can be used and cherished. Funds raised from the sale of these boats are put back into the school programs. The following restored boats are currently for sale and can be seen at the IYRS campus in Newport.

Beetle Cats

Price: $11,500 per boat:  A number of fully restored Beetle Cats are available for delivery, complete with sails, beautiful bronze hardware and in appropriate colors. The Beetle Company began building these charming catboats in 1921. In 1946, the Concordia Company purchased the molds from John Beetle and continued to build the boats. Today, Beetle, Inc. carries on building them in traditional wood construction. More than 3,000 have been launched. The Beetle Cat is the foundation of the first year of the IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration program. LOA: 12′ 4″; Beam: 6′. Contact Terry Nathan for special pricing: or (401-848-5777, ext 211).

Maine Lobster Boat

Price: $48,000: (Photo aboveSally has all the lines and style of a traditional Maine-style, open lobster boat. Her hull, trim, bright transom, and finish make her a handsome little yacht. She is very functional too, for work or play. Built in 1941 by the Hodgdon Brothers of Boothbay, Maine, Sally was rebuilt in 1993 to her open launch configuration and used as a work boat. She is 26’. The boat will be newly powered with a Yanmar diesel. $48,000 fully restored. Contact Terry Nathan at or (401-848-5777, ext 211).

Herreshoff Watch Hill 15

Price: $50,000: Nathanael Herreshoff designed 3 versions of these slippery fast and attractive one-designs: the Buzzard’s Bay 15, Newport 15, and the Watch Hill 15. In 1923, eleven Watch Hill 15s (24’ LOA; 6’8” beam) with marconi rigs were delivered to the Watch Hill Yacht Club. They are centerboard sloops with oak frames and cedar planking, drawing under 2 ’ with the board up. Those who have sailed these beautiful little yachts have characterized them as both thrilling and quick, go-fast machines. They have avid long-term owners and beautiful lines. Fully restored with a new suite of Nat Wilson sails, $50,000. Contact Terry Nathan at, or (401-848-5777, ext 211).

Note: All the boats at IYRS, including those awaiting restoration, have been donated to the school. Anyone interested in purchasing or donating a boat can contact (401-848-5777)  or go to IYRS: Donating a Boat.

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