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Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State, and with over four hundred miles of coastline, Rhode Island is a world class boating destination.  For 53 years, Newport Rhode Island was the host city for the Americas cup race series, and the races were held in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.  Rhode Island has a vibrant boating community, and Narragansett Bay has working boats, fishing boats, cruising boats and sailing boats as well as yachts and even cruise ships.  This year, the largest boat in Rhode Island (other than commercial ships) was Limitless at 315 ft, owned by Lex Wexner who is the owner of the LImited companies.

Boats Racing in Newport RI

Rhode Island Boating Events

Rhode Island boating events start early in the year and run through late fall.  There are numerous regattas, races and other events throughout the state.  Click here to get the complete list of events, and if you’ve got an upcoming event that’s not listed here, just let us know and we’ll add it to our ever growing list!

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Rhode Island Boat Tours & Charters

There’s plenty to see on the coast of the Ocean State, and the best way to experience it is on the water. There are a variety of options, from a large tour boat, a private tour with just your group, or your own private charter, you can be sure you’ll have a great time discovering all that Rhode Island waters have to offer.

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Rhode Island Marine Jobs

The Marine Industry in Rhode Island has an extremely large percentage of overall economic output, with the latest study putting that number at 13%.  The study found that there are over 1700 marine trade firms in Rhode Island and over 13,000 jobs.  For a complete list of available job openings in the marine industry, click here.

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Rhode Island Boats for Sale

Rhode Island has a huge retail boating business, with hundreds of boat dealers and brokers, and thousands of boats for sale at any given time.  Everything from rowboats to megayachts can be found.  If you’re looking for boat financing, check out these resources, and for boat insurance, our directory of insurance companies is here.

Featured Rhode Island Businesses


Sail Newport

  Sail Newport is the largest public sailing facility in New England.  It is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing and making it accessible to everyone.  Sail Newport hosts many of the areas regattas and sailing events.

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Sparkman & Stephens

Sparkman & Stephens is a naval architecture, engineering  and marine brokerage firm that has a storied history of yacht design and construction dating back to 1929. Located in Newport RI, they have designed some of the most iconic 


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Goat Island Marina

Goat Island Marina is one of Newport’s highest rated marinas.  It is located on Goat Island and has both fixed and floating piers.  Members can enjoy the lobby and lounge along with free parking.  The marina also has a fuel dock onsite that is staffed daily.

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Triton Insurance

The Triton Insurance Agency has over 75 years of experience, and is located in Newport Harbor, and provides all types of insurance. Triton is one of the leading local providers for boat and yacht coverage for both personal and commercial use. 

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Newport Tour & Guide

Newport Tour and Guide specializes in private tours for couples, families and small groups.  For the 2021 season, they will be offering on-the-water tours of Newport Harbor, and also will provide private charters for groups up to eight.