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“Acres of restored yachts”

IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Ranked #58 of 117 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: Home of the oldest American yacht in existence and school where students restore classic yachts.
Reviewed 26 August 2009

I will admit my wife and I are ga-ga over beautiful sailing yachts especially the gorgeous older wooden ones like Herreshoffs and the like. The IYRS is dedicated to teaching wooden boat apprentice courses and at any one time they have examples of the most treasured older boats in their shop being taken completely apart and refitted back to their full glory. Most of the physical plant is sprawled over several acres of waterfront and is climate controlled. There are catwalks on the second floor of buildings to allow visitors a bird's eye view of the undertakings on the premises. And then there is Coronet! She is about a hundred feet of racing yacht from the days of the Vanderbilts (launched 1885) and indeed represents the gilded age of Newport itself. She is in her own building! Her complete restoration seems almost an astonishing ambition once you view her dismantled hulk which at this time is being evaluated before she is remanufactured. I understand funding is so immense a "white knight" has come to her rescue in the form of a businessman with personal finances brought to bear in seeing her place in history brought back for future generations to look at her in wonder. What a beautiful place doing beautiful woodwork of the highest order on historically significant boats from America's past. Worth a visit. If you are crazy about wood boats you simply can't afford to miss this exhibit.

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