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Northeast America/A History of Yachting
The American Northeast has a long and storied history of yachting – both as a charter destination and as a boatbuilding hub – and still colors the idea of cruising in America to this day. Charter guests looking for the quintessential American yachting town should look to Newport, Rhode Island, the hub of American cruising.
Long a summering destination for wealthy New Englanders as well as, Newport has attracted a diverse year-round maritime community of cruisers, shipbuilders, and fishermen. Outside of port, charter guests can explore the smaller seaside towns and islands. Many of the towns have a long history of fishing and still offer charter guests the opportunity to dine on freshly caught seafood, purchased right off the boat. Fish, lobster and mussels can all be found for sale on the piers.
High season for charters through the Northeast is summer, generally June through September. The beaches can attract a crowd, but only the hearty will romp through the chilly ocean waves for long. Many tenders and Downeast-style yachts are built in the shipyards of Rhode Island and Maine. These shipyards tend to focus on wooden construction and have adapted the commercial styles of boat needed to fish the area’s waters.
The gray clapboard beach houses found throughout Rhode Island and Long Island can often be seen reflected in the interior design of yacht owners who love cruising the American Northeast. The casual elegance of overstuffed couches and light interior woods can often be found on many charter yachts. Yachting has been in the American Northeast since the Mayflower landed on Plymouth Rock, and although the yachting tradition has changed just a bit, the connection to the sea is still strong.