McMillen Yachts Inc. was founded in 1992 by Earl McMillen III to restore and maintain classic yachts. In 1995 McMillen pioneered the concept of fractional yacht ownership in an effort to allow other people, with a similar interest and less available time, the opportunity to participate in the same mission.
To date, McMillen Yachts has restored dozens of significant yachts and in the process has built the finest collection of classic American yachts in the world. Today, with their office and full service boatyard facility in Newport, RI, McMillen Yachts offers year round use of the yachts in the “fractionally owned” fleet anywhere along the coast of the eastern United States. During the summer months, the fleet bases out of Newport and cruises between New York and Maine. In the Spring and Fall, the yachts cruise the east coast, primarily in the Chesapeake Bay and Georgia/South Carolina low country; and in the winter months they are based in south Florida and cruise both coasts, including the Florida Keys and Bahamas.
Elizabeth & Earl McMillen
Our founder, Earl McMillen III, graduated with a degree in history from
Columbia University and is passionate about restoration and historic
preservation. He is an Emeritus Board Member at the International Yacht
Restoration School, in Newport. Earl also serves on the board of the
historic Redwood Library in Newport and the Middleton Place Foundation
in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to restoring yachts, Earl and
his wife Elizabeth share a love of historic preservation and have
restored and lived in numerous historic houses in Newport. Elizabeth is
active in the business and oversees the responsibilities of interior
design and crew training. She is a graduate of Hollins College, majoring in Art History and
worked in New York as a buyer for Gucci & Bergdorf Goodman. She
managed the Lexington Avenue shop for NYC decorator Charlotte Moss and
later took a American Arts course at Sotheby's.
The McMillen’s consider themselves very fortunate to have working with
them an extraordinary team of committed and talented artisans who have
devoted their lives and careers to this worthy cause!