Geronimo, a 70-foot composite-built cutter, was purpose-designed and -built as a sail-training and oceanographic research vessel for the St. George's School of Middletown, Rhode Island. The school's oceangoing curriculum calls for six-week at-sea semesters for up to 20 students -- that's a tall order for any sailing yacht's ability to keep a crowd fed, rested, and safe. The first order of business for New England Boatworks was to research the myriad requirements and standards that Geronimo would need to meet to attain U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certification as a commercial charter vessel.
The rest of the puzzle involved engineering the yacht's systems in such a way that all the mechanical and electrical components were easily accessible for service -- Geronimo would be in near full-time use, and avoiding "down time" for system repairs was a major focus of the NEB engineering and building teams. In addition to taking St. George's School students to sea, Geronimo continues to enjoy a varied career that includes competing in the Bermuda Race and the TransAtlantic Race.