US yacht design specialist Sparkman & Stephens has expanded its design department to Newport, Rhode Island. As of June 1, yacht design, naval architecture and marine engineering services will be offered at both the New York and Newport offices.

In Newport, Sparkman will focus on new designs for custom one-off and production yacht construction in both power and sail, as well as refit work.

“We feel we can better serve our client base, local boatbuilders and service yards by positioning permanent design personnel in our Newport offices,” says president Bruce Johnson. “As the yachting centre of the Northeast, Newport is the natural location for our expansion.”

In addition to permanent Newport staff, New York brokers will also be on site during the summer season to provide additional support to Northeast clientele.

Sparkman & Stephens is a team of naval architects, designers, engineers, yacht brokers and charter and insurance brokers with offices in New York, Newport and Ft Lauderdale.