A New Beginning

Languishing in a boat yard in New London CT for 30 years, DORIS, the largest all-wood sailing vessel built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co in 1905, was scheduled to be scrapped at the end of August 2013.  Given a one-year lease on life by the generous collaboration of a good friend and…

Framing

New year, new shop, new frame - old shape, old shell For Doris' second hundred years, we must repair or replace any piece that's not up to the challenge. What last year looked like an old boat with some new parts, and will soon look like a new boat with…

DORIS can come alive again…

DORIS/VAYU owner David Revenaugh expresses his sentiment about the restoration of DORIS - the yacht he owned and loved for aprox. 20 years.  A very special thank you to the Mercanti Family for sharing their slides detailing adventures aboard VAYU (Jim Mercanti, owned DORIS/VAYU from 1957 to 1974 and ran her…

The Big Move

This is how dawn found her; DORIS, poised to leave Crocker's Boatyard after 30 years, glowing in the new day's anticipation. Pulling onto the streets of New London one couldn't help but imagine her full sail – there she goes catching the wind and breaking free. This majestic yacht, now…