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Our Story

The North Rip takes its name from a well-known fishing spot off Block Island, a striper-rich area of the Atlantic Ocean located 13 miles off the southern shore of Rhode Island.

The North Rip story began in 2010 with a small, but highly successful, run of 21-footers. The brand was well-received and the future looked bright. But production was suspended in 2011 at the height of the recession. In 2012, USWatercraft purchased the assets of the previous builder and revived the impressive stable of brands, which included the fledgling North Rip.

Fast-forward to 2015; a banner year for sport fishing in Rhode Island. The team at USWatercraft recognizes that the time is right for the relaunch of North Rip. “We want to bring back the pure fishing boat to the New England market,” says Randy Borges, president of USWatercraft. “We’re seeing other manufacturers move toward ‘gentlemen’s’ fishing boats, with a lot of seating and luxury items that just get in the way when you’re fishing. We want our customers to get the maximum success out of every trip, and the North Rip is designed to do just that.”

Northeastern fishing icon Captain Jack Sprengel is a key member of the North Rip team, brought in to consult on the layout and rigging of the North Rip 30, and to run the boat and share his experiences aboard. A charter captain and tournament fisherman, Capt. Jack has done and seen it all when it comes to fishing in the Northeast. Working with the USWatercraft engineering team, Capt. Jack has spent many hours in the factory, first meeting with the design team, then working with the expert boatbuilders on the shop floor, to help create the North Rip 30.

USWatercraft has a long history of boatbuilding expertise. “We’ve been infusing hulls since 1995,” says Borges. “With our sail and power brands, we’ve probably infused more hulls than any other builder.” (For more on the build process, visit Construction.) “Because we build sail and power boats, we’re able to bring a new level of build quality to both.”

“We’re experts in constructing boats for demanding sportsmen,” says Borges. “We know how to build a high-tech hull that will withstand the rigors of offshore adventure. We know that even the smallest detail is important. When you fish the North Rip, you’ll know we got it right.”

Meet Captain Jack

The North Rip 30 was built for fishing. Period. We worked closely with tournament-winning fisherman Jack Sprengel to get the layout just right.

More About Jack

We’re experts in constructing boats for demanding sportsmen. We know how to build a high-tech hull that will withstand the rigors of offshore adventure. We know that even the smallest detail is important. When you fish the North Rip, you’ll know we got it right.

Randy Borges

President, USWatercraft

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Address: 373 Market Street, Warren RI 02885

Phone: (401) 247-3000

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