River Wrights Boat Builders

The River Wrights Boat Builders is one of the staple programs of our Youth Business where youth are given an opportunity to work with their hands. RWBB take  a group project, like constructing a boat or refinishing a picnic table, and highlight the skills and lessons each project brings you.

Research shows that after school activities like the River Wrights Boat Builders increases school attendance, parental involvement, academic performance, social skills, and self-confidence, as well as reduction in drug/alcohol use and future job absenteeism.

Youth not only develop the ideas and products themselves, they market and sell their products — from boats to picnic tables to cutting boards to garden benches. This program gives our youth another opportunity to not only better themselves and increase their skill, but also a way to give back to the community.

River Wrights Boat Builders is partnering with leaders in our community and our parks to help improve the shortage of manpower experienced in the city. The youth are filling in the gaps in an effort to increase the quality of life for community members.

At the end of 2018, the River Wrights Boat Builders packed up and moved to a brand new facility, located directly behind our OPP Hartford branch. The facility brings a lot of ‘new’ with it, the River Wrights Boat Builders have the ability to do all things fiberglass! 

If you are in need of any fiberglass repairs, boat repairs, wood working repairs or have an idea for community collaboration, please contact us!

In addition, as we continue to grow as a shop, we are in much need of any tools.

Electric Drills, Wood, Bar Clamps, Sanders, Electric Sanders, Sand Paper, ETC. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated!


For more information, please contact Craig Mergins, craig.mergins@opp.org 860.761.7380