The 94-foot powerboat, which will be named ‘Contraband’, will be the largest vessel built to date by New England Boatworks.

PORTSMOUTH, RI – New England Boatworks, Inc. (NEB), approaching its 30th year of operation, announced on Wednesday, July 12th that the Portsmouth-based company has begun construction of a 94-foot aluminum powerboat for Newport Shipyard Owner, Charlie Dana.

“The Dana Family’s current sailing yacht, a 70-foot Hood designed aluminum ketch named Saint Roque, was one of the first boats ever built at NEB,” the announcement says. “Selecting NEB once again as the builder of their new powerboat, Contraband, demonstrates the Dana Family’s commitment to the local marine industry and brings their relationship with New England Boatworks ‘full-circle’” it goes on to say.

Since the building of Saint Roque 22 years ago, NEB was a partner in the purchase of Newport Shipyard and, since the subsequent sale of their portion of the business, has remained a regularly called upon sub-contractor. 

“Contraband, like Saint Roque, will be a durable, rugged world-cruising vessel that takes advantage of NEB’s many years of expertise in aluminum construction with a proven record of delivering capable yachts that meet design specs and owners’ high expectations,” the announcement concludes.

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