Boatbuilding & Restoration Faculty

Bill Kenyon '06Director of Education

After 25 years in the restaurant management business, including many years of sailing and working on his own boats, Bill Kenyon decided it was time to pursue his passion and enrolled in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program at IYRS in 2004. After graduating in 2006, Bill was hired by Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, RI where he spent three years. Later, at East Passage Boatwrights in Bristol, RI, Bill worked on several complete yacht restorations, including the 1952 5.5 meter Complex II and Skylark, the Sparkman & Stephens sister ship to Dorade. He went on to work on the restoration of the Herreshoff NY 30 Banzai at Wooden Boatworks in Greenport, NY before returning to IYRS and Newport in 2010 as an instructor. Bill's love of yachts and boating are evident in every conversation he has and even a quick chat will provide you with a fascinating piece of maritime information. Bill has taught hundreds of IYRS students the fine craftsmanship and technical skills of boatbuilding - as well as the fundamentals of sailing in preparation for their Graduation & Launch Day!

Joel Senger '05 | Managing Instructor

Growing up on the coast of Lake Michigan, Joel began his career in woodworking as a trim carpenter for high end residential homes. Looking to enhance his woodworking skills with hopes of joining the maritime trades, he enrolled in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program at IYRS in 2003. Two days after graduation, Joel started at a local boat shop in Newport, RI where he got his feet wet working on varied boats from S-boats to lapstrake dinghies and the rest is history. He was fortunate to be part of the restoration of Bystander, an historic J-class tender and later signed on with Boothbay Shipyard and The Museum of Yachting (since acquired by IYRS) for the reproduction build of Cherokee, an Olin Stephens designed 6 Metre. Later, Joel worked on the rebuild of Amorita, a Herreshoff NY 30 that was severely damaged during a Newport regatta. Joel returned to IYRS as a full-time instructor in 2011 where he relishes teaching his students problem solving, craftsmanship, and technical skill as they immerse themselves in the craft of boatbuilding. 

Warren Barker  | Senior Instructor

Warren Barker remarked to a friend at Williams College that after graduation he was going home to build a boat with his father.  Little did he know that over thirty-five years later he would still be building boats. Since that time, Warren has studied furniture design and construction in Maine, built cold molded and composite sail and power boats in Rhode Island, and started a company to build custom boats in Massachusetts. Having taught at IYRS since 2003, Warren has a passion for building a myriad of boats by a multitude of designers with his students - instilling in this new generation of boatbuilders the skill and enthusiasm for the trade that has carried him throughout his career. 

Hans Scholl '14 | Instructor 

Hans enrolled in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program in 2012, making a career and life change after working for more than 25 years in pharmaceutical and life sciences management. An avid woodworker and boater from an early age, Hans began building wooden kayaks and small boats in his free time. He began visiting IYRS regularly in 1997 to see the boat restorations in progress and ultimately, Hans decided it was time to turn his passion into a second career.  As a student at IYRS, Hans had the opportunity to restore the Quincy Adams 17 sloop Plum and completed his IYRS externship on the restoration of the schooner Coronet. After graduation, Hans worked at East Passage Boatwrights in Bristol, RI, where he was involved in the restoration and repair of classic yachts designed by Herreshoff and Sparkman & Stephens, as well as contemporary yachts of varying designs. In addition to his fine craftsmanship skills, Hans used his industry and quality management experience to optimize shop work and implement new procedures to enhance efficiency. Hans joined IYRS as a full-time instructor in 2016. In the shop, Hans creates an inspiring environment for his students and takes pride in helping them lay a solid foundation of knowledge for their future careers.