The Dovetail Joint: Trumpy Yacht Finds a Forever Family in the Dockerys

When the cold, winter months arrive in New England, many boaters take the opportunity to have their beloved yachts hauled and given a dose of tender loving care.  Some years, the worklist might consist only of a few small items – repair damaged paint or replace some pieces of hardware.  Other years, the offseason is fully booked from beginning to end in order to complete a major refit or restoration project.  This year is definitely the latter for Joe and Kristal Dockery.

The Dockerys have been staples in the Newport boating community for many years and evidence of their hard work and generosity can be seen many places, including the dedication of International Yacht Restoration School’s new Admissions and Welcome Center.  In a move that truly embodies the spirit of IYRS, the couple acquired a 72’ Trumpy motoryacht this past August and are aiming to have the 1972 vessel outfitted with new engines, structurally repaired, and launched in time for next summer.

Trumpy motoryachts, named for their designer – John Trumpy, Sr., have a unique and distinguished aesthetic that have piqued the interest of lifelong yachtsmen and unseasoned newcomers alike.  In fact, the 104’ M/Y Sequoia that served in the US government from 1931 to 1977 enforcing import laws during Prohibition and entertaining presidents after the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed was a classic Trumpy design.  The bright white hulls, immaculate woodwork, and elegant interiors are some of the iconic features shared amongst all Trumpy yachts.  Once the Dockery’s Dovetail completes its first summer back at sea, it will begin being resplined, to help stabilize the wooden hull in varying environments, and have the interior refit, to update and personalize the layout.

The Dockerys have entrusted their project Manager Simon Davidson and fellow Aquidneck Islanders at McMillen Yachts to manage and perform the work associated with restoring and updating their yacht.  Well known for their ability to perform high quality structural repairs, while maintaining the classic yacht essence and preserving the original details that make each yacht special, Earl McMillen and his team are sure to provide Joe and Kristal Dockery with a beautiful addition to Newport’s classic yacht contingent come summer.


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