2008-10-09 / News

Rhode Island Mooring Service keeps growing with marina expansion

By Jeff McDonough

Richard and Theresa DeSalvo this week announced the expansion of the Rhode Island Mooring Services marina at Little Allen's Harbor. Photo by Jeff McDonough Richard and Theresa DeSalvo this week announced the expansion of the Rhode Island Mooring Services marina at Little Allen's Harbor. Photo by Jeff McDonough Rhode Island Mooring Service announced this week that it has expanded its marina and boat service facility at Little Allen's Harbor in Davisville.

Richard and Theresa DeSalvo of Jamestown established the business in 1985. "We just did moorings for the first four years and then we started getting into marine construction," Richard said.

The company launched into business with leased space at the Jamestown Boat Yard and then moved onto the Clarke Boat Yard. "We had to keep moving because we kept growing," Theresa said.

In 1995, the DeSalvo's bought property on Little Allen's Harbor. Their initial holdings included about one acre of land, one building and four slips.

"We purchased five more parcels of land over the years," Richard said. Improvements were made. Additional buildings were constructed and boat slips added. Business kept growing.

With the most recent acquisition, Rhode Island Mooring Service, also known as RIMS, now owns all of the land surrounding Little Allen's Harbor. That includes the seven-plus acres of land that encompass the 5.5-acre harbor, which, Richard said, provides outstanding storm shelter.

Plans call for the expanded RIMS facility to be landscaped with park-like grounds. "It will be more club-like. We now have a beautiful sandy beach. We will have more grills, tiki huts and kayak racks available," Theresa said.

The expansion means that next spring RIMS will have 94 boat slips.

RIMS offers a Marine TravelLift and winter boat storage both inside and out. Full service boat repair services are available. RIMS still does mooring installation and service and annually maintains about 900 moorings around Narragansett Bay. The company also provides design, engineering and permit processing for docks and seawalls. RIMS has 12 employees.

"This is a great spot," Richard said, looking over the scenic Little Allen's Harbor. He complimented the state of Rhode Island and the Quonset Development Commission with helping him and Theresa expand their operations.

"We all love Jamestown and we do a lot of business with Jamestowners," Richard said. For more information, call RIMS at 295-2505, check out the Web site at www.Rimoorings.com or visit the facility at 15 Patrol Rd. in North Kingstown.

The couple has lived in Jamestown since 1985. They have two sons and one daughter.

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