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Maine Luxury Yacht Charter & Superyacht News

Interior images of sailing yacht TOO ELUSIVE refitted by Front Street Shipyard

August 02, 2013

Front Street Shipyard carried out an extensive refit of sailing yacht Too Elusive this winter. Originally built by Southern Ocean Shipyard in 1985, superyacht Too Elusive is a lovely 80-foot sloop, designed by Doug Peterson.

Too Elusive Yacht captured when leaving Front Street Shipyard

Too Elusive Yacht captured when leaving Front Street Shipyard

In addition to extensive systems work and new paint, Front Street Shipyard refreshed and updated the interior of Too Elusive yacht.

Luxury yacht Too Elusive after refit - Cabin

Luxury yacht Too Elusive after refit - Cabin - Image credit to Billy Black

Too Elusive

Superyacht Too Elusive - Image credit Billy Black

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts with design by Doug Peterson.

New England yacht charter holiday special aboard ARIANNA yacht

July 17, 2013

The 50m Delta Marine-built ARIANNA yacht is turning one this July and to celebrate her successful first year of charter she is offering 3 days off any one-week New England yacht charter holiday booked within 18th to 28th August, 2013. She is also celebrating the official announcement regarding the upcoming construction of her 65m sistership: charter yacht ARIANNA II.

Charter yacht Arianna

Charter yacht Arianna

NEW ENGLAND LUXURY YACHT CHARTER HOLIDAYS

If you are thinking about a luxurious, relaxing holiday in the North America, than New England yacht charter could be one of the options to consider.  Located in the northeastern corner of the United States this area is made up of six picturesque states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. There are numerous sites to visit and activities to engage in while cruising around on your New England charter boat, for example enjoying a lovely meal on Martha’s Vineyard.

Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts-Photo credit to Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts-Photo credit to Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

A personalised New England yacht charter itinerary could take you from Newport down to Block Island, one of the premiere yachting ports-of-call of your New England superyacht charter. From here you could cruise back up to Cuttyhunk Island, Oak Bluffs or Edgartown, one of New England’s most elegant communities and Martha’s Vineyard’s first colonial settlement dating back to 1642. The best way to appreciate this fabled town is to walk its streets, including the North Water Street with a row of captains’ houses, many of which predate the whaling era.

Maine - New England - Photo credit to New England Tourism Board

Maine - New England - Photo credit to New England Tourism Board

You could also choose a day sailing to Nantucket Island, where you will be greeted by harbour seals sitting on jetties, and from there to Hadley’s Harbor – Woods Hole, where you could take a tour of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution … more about New England yacht charter here …

New England - Photo credit New England Tourism Board

New England - Photo credit New England Tourism Board

ABOUT 50M ARIANNA SUPERYACHT

Arianna superyacht was launched in 2012 by Delta Marine and is a breathtaking full-displacement charter yacht designed and engineered by Delta’s in-house talented team. Some of the key features of Arianna are her large tank volumes and the extended range needed for long passages.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main

Yacht ARIANNA - Main

She was constructed to be functional, comfortable, yet luxurious, offering great personal indulgence. Motor yacht Arianna’s layout, space arrangements, amenities, water toys and interior features are suited to any choice of lifestyle her charter guests may desire.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main Salon

Yacht ARIANNA - Main Salon

Her spacious saloon welcomes guests on board with a particular harmony of beautiful colours, tropical floral accents and natural grain patterns. There are generous seating options to relax and unwind in a friendly conversation or while enjoying a cocktail.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Master Cabin

Yacht ARIANNA - Master Cabin

Yacht ARIANNA -  Owners Lounge

Yacht ARIANNA - Owners Lounge

There are six cabins that provide guests with privacy and comfort, including an elegant master cabin on the upper deck as well as an adjoining twin cabin, ideal for families with young children. The remaining guests cabins can be found on the lower deck, incorporating a VIP cabin with a king-sized bed, two cabins with a queen-sized bed and a twin cabin with twin beds that are convertible into one queen upon request. More details on luxury yacht ARIANNA and her charter rates can be found here…or you could contact us directly here.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Sundeck

Yacht ARIANNA - Sundeck

Yacht ARIANNA -  Sundeck Dining

Yacht ARIANNA - Sundeck Dining

65M LUXURY MOTOR YACHT ARIANNA II

Following her very successful first year’s charter season with 9 charter bookings in 2013 to date, there are also plans to build a second and bigger, 65m sistership to Arianna: luxury motor yacht ARIANNA II

As announced by SG Private Wealth Advisors, it will interview and select the most suitable shipyard to commence the ARIANNA II yacht’s construction by January 2014. The opportunity to win the building contract is open to every shipyard. Delta Marine was a perfect choice for Arianna’s construction three years ago and is still an excellent candidate for Arianna II. Meetings with potential shipyards will commence in August and the chosen shipyard will be announced towards the end of September 2013.

Motor Yacht Arianna

Year:2012   L.O.A.:50m (164´)  Beam:10.40m (34´12´´) 
Max Speed:16 knots  Cruise Speed:14.5 knots  Engines:2xCAT 3512B diesels 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:11 

For more information on yacht charter in New England or luxury superyacht Arianna, please contact our charter brokers here.

Newly refitted 122′ classic motor yacht ATLANTIDE leaves Front Street Shipyard

June 19, 2013

Last month saw the majestic 122-foot classic motor yacht Atlantide hit the water, following a winter of refit work at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, US. Luxury yacht Atlantide left the Front Street Shipyard dock last week.

122ft classic motor yacht Atlantide getting closer to her re-launch at Front Street Shipyard

122ft classic motor yacht Atlantide getting closer to her re-launch at Front Street Shipyard

The new owners of Atlantide yacht are eager to spend the summer with her, and Front Street Shipyard is proud to have been able to get her ready for them.

Luxury yacht Atlantide to be re-launched by Front Street Shipyard

Luxury yacht Atlantide to be re-launched by Front Street Shipyard

Atlantide Yacht back in the water

Atlantide Yacht back in the water

Classic Motor Yacht Atlantide - master stateroom

Classic Motor Yacht Atlantide - master stateroom

Shipyard Cup XI, August 8 – 11, 2013

May 30, 2013

Set to take place from August 8 to 11, this year’s edition of the Shipyard Cup is shaping up to be the best ever in the decade as well as history of this landmark event.

180ft Vitters sailing yacht Marie to attend the Shipyard Cup XI - Image credit Tom Nitsch Image

180ft Vitters sailing yacht Marie to attend the Shipyard Cup XI - Image credit to Tom Nitsch

This year, the organisers have added an extra day of events and they are also anticipating a brand new participant, the 180-foot sailing yacht MARIE, a black-hulled beauty, built in 2010 by the Vitters Shipyard. MARIE combines a classic profile with a modern underwater hull.

In addition, the race will be hosting the Hodgdon-built, hometown favorite and last year’s winner, superyacht SCHEHERAZADE.

Luxury yacht Scheherazade at the Shipyard Cup X

Luxury yacht Scheherazade at the Shipyard Cup X

The event has already been given the Editor’s Choice Award by the staff at Showboats International.

The organisers are also very excited about the list of loyal sponsors who help make the Shipyard Cup such a special event. This year the event is welcoming at least two new sponsors, US Trust and Pantaneus Insurance.

As always, there will be the great sailing, beautiful vistas and lobsters that Maine is famous for, not to mention the hospitality, cocktail parties and Corinthian spirit racing that makes a great warm-up for the Newport Bucket.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release $120,897 for Front Street Shipyard

May 14, 2013

As part of the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) with $120,897 in support of waterfront improvements at the premier yacht yard, Front Street Shipyard, in Belfast. Front Street Shipyard is providing matching funds for the $241,795 project. The waterfront rehabilitation comprises new slips as well as moorings for transient boats, which will be utilised for visitors and tourists in the mid-coast region.

American Boat Builders and Repairers Association's annual Boatyard of the Year award for 2013 for Front Street Shipyard

American Boat Builders and Repairers Association's annual Boatyard of the Year award for 2013 recently received by Front Street Shipyard

With the BIG grant, Front Street Shipyard will add 12 new slips with shorepower on the dock face, plus five 40-foot harbor floats, all of which will be devoted to transient recreational boaters. Bathrooms, showers, and wireless internet for visiting boaters will be installed in the new marina. Over the next year, the yard will also add 21 new transient moorings. The new infrastructure will offer dockage and moorings to yachts visiting Maine from around the world.

Since Front Street Shipyard’s inception in 2011, the marina and service yard have attracted dozens of visiting yachts as large as 122 feet. These recreational vessels have bolstered the local economy through spending and job creation. Outside of the BIG grant, Front Street Shipyard is making additional improvements to continue attracting yachts, including the acquisition of a new 485-ton boat lift this summer, which is almost three times the size of the yard’s current lift.

“With Front Street Shipyard’s ongoing growth in capabilities and space, we need these additional slips and moorings to accommodate new customers and cruisers coming to the area,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “The BIG grant will help make mid-coast Maine the international yachting destination that it’s evolving into.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded more than $11.2 million in competitive grants to 15 states for projects to support recreational boating. Grantees like Maine DOT and Front Street Shipyard use BIG funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation.

“These grants, funded by fishing and boating enthusiasts, have helped communities across the nation build and enhance recreational boating facilities that provide recreational opportunities while supporting jobs and economic growth,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “This program is a win-win situation for recreational boaters, conservation initiatives and job creation.”

Front Street Shipyard recently received American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s annual “Boatyard of the Year” award for 2013. The yard now has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space on a six-acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. There is an additional seven acres of off-site storage space. Front Street Shipyard currently employs more than 100 people.

New 485-US-Ton Hoist for Front Street Shipyard

February 13, 2013

Front Street Shipyard on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront is proceeding with plans to upgrade its lifting capabilities with a 485-US-ton (440-metric-ton) hoist. Having obtained the final approval to construct new piers, the owners of Front Street Shipyard are investing in a hoist large enough to service a greater contingent of international superyachts.

Aerial view of Front Street Shipyard

Aerial view of Front Street Shipyard

They are also beginning the local permitting process to expand their facilities with a new building that will be large enough to allow the new lift inside. Front Street Shipyard’s expanded capabilities are expected to grow the international yachting community in Maine.

The new hoist is on order from Cimolai, an advanced metal construction company in Italy. Cimolai’s team will build the hoist’s components in Italy and ship them to Belfast for assembly. Front Street Shipyard’s owners expect the hoist to be fully operational by August 1. The existing 165-ton hoist will remain the workhorse of the yard.

“With these new capabilities, we expect to attract even more diverse yachts to Maine,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “We also expect be able to generate over 40 new jobs in an expanded facility, so we hope the City of Belfast will continue to work with us in growing our business .”

Front Street Shipyard has begun the permitting process to expand their facility with a new 24,000-sq ft building. Should this new structure receive approval, it will accommodate some of the larger yachts the yard will attract with the new hoist.

Since the company launched in January 2011, Front Street Shipyard has built an expansive waterfront facility. Their projects have included refits on a 106-foot Burger motoryacht, a 90-foot Doggersbank motoryacht, and an 86-foot Swan sailboat.

Currently undergoing refits are a Lyman Morse 90′ motoryacht, a custom 122′ classic, an Ocean 80, a 92′ Palmer Johnson ketch, and an 80′ Burger motoryacht. They also currently service and store 130 boats. The planned expansion will increase that capacity as well.

Expansion of Front Street Shipyard

January 02, 2013

The current effort of Front Street Shipyard is to expand with more land, facilities as well as equipment. The owners of Front Street Shipyard have intentions to lease or purchase city property on which they will construct a further boat shop. The new facility would bring enough work for at least 40 new jobs, in addition to the workforce, which is already approaching 100 employees.

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine

The new expansion is part of Front Street Shipyard’s second phase of growth. Since launching the company in January 2011, Front Street Shipyard has erected an expansive waterfront facility and also purchased neighboring Belfast Boat Yard. Front Street Shipyard is also considering investing in a 300-metric-ton marine hoist that will haul superyachts.

“We’re proud of how quickly and efficiently we’ve been able to grow here in Belfast so far,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “The town and its residents have been amazingly supportive, and we’d like to continue attracting bigger yachts and more work to this region. We hope to see Belfast become a major yachting center on the east coast.”

In only two years, Front Street Shipyard has grown into the Northeast’s largest shipyard north of Newport, Rhode Island. With the addition of expanded facilities and a 300-ton Travelift, Front Street Shipyard will be equipped to service some of the larger superyachts in the world.

The yard now has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space on a six-acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. There is an additional seven acres of off-site storage space. Front Street Shipyard currently employs 96 people.

New head of the Design and Engineering department at Hodgdon Yachts

August 27, 2012

On Friday, August 24, Hodgdon Shipbuilding presented James Anderson, Engineering Manager of SP Gurit / High Modulus (USA), as their new head of the Design and Engineering department.

Luxury charter yacht SCHEHERAZADE by Hodgdon Yachts

Luxury charter yacht SCHEHERAZADE by Hodgdon Yachts

After several years of successful collaboration between Hodgdon and SP Gurit / High Modulus, James will be leaving the engineering firm to join Hodgdon‘s existing yacht building design and engineering team of 11 and take over its leadership on January 1, 2013. James brings a breadth of superyacht knowledge and experience in the structural engineering of advanced composite construction to Hodgdon’s already broad experience base.

James holds a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University in the UK and has served in a variety of consulting and management roles in a structural engineering capacity including some of the world’s most notable superyacht and aviation projects.

James has a special connection to Maine and Hodgdon, as he met his wife while both were consulting on a Hodgdon project and were engaged while on a canoe trip in Maine. James is an avid outdoorsman though since settling down is less likely to repeat his more extreme outdoor feats such as having climbed Kilamanjaro and high bungee jumping.

The excellent working relationship between SP Gurit / High Modulus and Hodgdon will likely continue as the demand for both supplemental structural engineering and SP Gurit’s SmartPac ® kits warrants.

James will be present with the Hodgdon team at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Special rate for the New England charter yacht AXIA by Palmer Johnson

August 17, 2012

Sailing yacht AXIA is a 37,5 metre Palmer Johnson built luxury superyacht currently available for charter in New England for a special rate of US$ 59,000 per week plus expenses, for charters taking place in August and September. In addition, you will receive two more free days with a one week booking! Built in 1990, with numerous refits and continuous upgrades, charter yacht AXIA is an exceptional yacht accommodating 6-8 guests aboard.

AXIA

AXIA

Axia Main Saloon

Axia Main Saloon

Created in perfect collaboration between her naval architects of Sparkman & Stephens, John Munford for interior design and Palmer Johnson as yacht builder, superyacht AXIA will take you around New England in comfort and style, guaranteed by her professional crew of 5.

Axia Pilot house

Axia Pilot house

Take some time of to relax in the expansive main saloon or enjoy a great meal in the dining area featuring Munford teak fielded panels and polished brass accents. AXIA yacht has a classical nautical style and graceful elegance that benefits her name, which in Greek means ‘Worthy’.

Axia Aft Deck

Axia Aft Deck

Axia Mater Suite

Axia Mater Suite

For alfresco entertaining and dining, luxury yacht AXIA boasts a spacious cockpit area with a large dining table and settees. Furthermore, her large aft deck features teak lounge chairs for relaxing under the sun, stars or in the shade of the awning.

Axia Study

Axia Study

Accommodation for eight charter guests aboard includes a spacious and elegant full-beam Master Stateroom situated aft, boasting sumptuous Italian Frette linens, a dressing table, generous wardrobes, as well as a settee, which can be converted into two bunks for small children. Her large en-suite bathroom boasts a bathtub, toilet and bidet with Italian Calcutta golden vein marble throughout heads. There are two beautifully appointed port and starboard guest staterooms, both featuring twin beds and en-suite heads with shower, toilet and bidet. The Family Room contains a desk, entertainment centre and sleeper sofa for 1 additional charter guest, who would need to share head with one of the staterooms.

New England Yacht Charters

New England Yacht Charters are beautiful in their diversity, offering an incredible amount of places and cultures to discover. The six states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, can be all experienced in one week charter, however you might be tempted to discover each one of them in depth and spend your entire charter holiday in just one particular location.

Village in Portland - New England

Village in Portland - New England

An excellent location for luxury sailing yacht charters, New England offers a wealth of maritime history, spectacular rocky coastline, lovely towns with restaurants offering tasty fresh seafood dishes.

If you are interested in chartering AXIA yacht in this spectacular charter location, please contact our charter brokers here.

Front Street Shipyard acquires Belfast Boatyard

July 30, 2012

Belfast Boatyard has been purchased by Front Street Shipyard, situated on the Belfast, Maine waterfront. With the sale finalized last week, the owners of Front Street Shipyard are immediately welcoming the employees as well as customers of Belfast Boatyard while keeping existing operations.

Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard

The addition of Belfast Boatyard adds 500 feet of deep-water frontage, 22 slips, 20 moorings and harbor floats. This expansion will increase the yard’s service and storage capabilities for existing and future customers.

“We purchased Belfast Boatyard as part of a strategic growth plan,” says Front Street Shipyard’s president, JB Turner. “Our initial goal was to create a yard equipped to service most any yacht that visits northern New England. We’ve reached that goal.”

The Belfast Boatyard property will eventually house Front Street Shipyard’s business office and possibly crew accommodations. Front Street now has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space on a six-acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. There are five storage buildings and an additional 6.5 acres of off-site storage. Front Street Shipyard currently employs 82 people, and the management team hopes to grow its workforce with the additional work facilitated through the purchase of Belfast Boatyard.

Front Street Shipyard has grown into the Northeast’s largest shipyard north of Newport, Rhode Island. The yard recently erected a sixth building on the waterfront that includes facilities for transient boaters and additional boat storage. Front Street Shipyard also welcomed Carbon Ocean Yachts of Bristol, Rhode Island, into its facility earlier this year, and began production of Southport Boats in conjunction with Kenway Corporation of Augusta, Maine, beginning in 2011.