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News: Sparkman & Stephens Design expands to Newport, RI

May 25, 2010 by Superyacht Design
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Sparkman & Stephens is pleased to announce the expansion of their Design Department to Newport, Rhode Island. Yacht design, naval architecture, and marine engineering services will be offered at both the New York and Newport locations starting June 1st. President Bruce Johnson notes: “We feel we can better serve our client base, local boat builders, and service yards by positioning permanent design personnel in our Newport offices. As the yachting center of the Northeast, Newport is the natural location for our expansion.” In Newport, the S&S design staff will focus on new designs for custom one-off and production yacht construction in both power and sail, as well as refit work.

The Newport team will be comprised of two talented naval architects, Brendan and Daniela Abbott. Brendan is a graduate of Webb Institute and an alumnus of Fontaine Design Group in Portsmouth, RI. Daniela is a graduate of Webb Institute, with a Masters Degree from the University of Southampton, and joined S&S in New York after beginning her career in the commercial field. The designers will be joining two knowledgeable S&S brokers currently based in Newport, Jeff Grey and A.J. Evans. Jeff also manages after-sales and refit services for S&S from the Newport location. In addition to permanent Newport staff, New York brokers will be regularly on site during the summer season to provide additional support to Northeast clientele.

Company headquarters are located at 529 Fifth Avenue in New York. With support from satellite locations in Newport and Fort Lauderdale, Sparkman & Stephens continually aims to broaden its services and presence within the yachting community.

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