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Sailing yacht MARAE and SYMMETRY Yacht at Front Street Shipyard for refit

April 25, 2014

Based in Belfast, Maine, Front Street Shipyard is currently hosting two New Zealand-built luxury vessels: charter yacht MARAE (ex Paraiso) as well as sailing yacht SYMMETRY, that have just joined the yard, following their trips north from the Caribbean. These two Kiwi sisters will be summering in Maine, while they undergo refits.

Luxury charter yacht MARAE at Front Street Shipyard

Luxury charter yacht MARAE at Front Street Shipyard

Superyacht MARAE is a 108-foot pilothouse sloop that won “Best Sailing Yacht” from the International Superyacht Design Awards in 2004. At Front Street Shipyard she’ll be getting new paint on both her hull and superstructure, and Front Street Shipyard will be addressing systems and electrical needs. The yard will also be making some modifications to the owners’ cabin.

Luxury yacht SYMMETRY at Front Street Shipyard

Luxury yacht SYMMETRY at Front Street Shipyard

Luxury yacht SYMMETRY is a one-off custom yacht designed by Germán Frers and built in 2004. At 96 feet, she’s been a comfortable cruising boat around the world for the past decade.SYMMETRY is spending the next few months getting new paint from the top of her 130-foot mast to the bottom of her 12-foot keel. She’ll also be getting new teak decks before heading back out to enjoy the Maine summer.

Photos of newly refitted 130ft super yacht MAGIC relaunched by Front Street Shipyard

April 04, 2014

Front Street Shipyard has released the photos of the newly refitted 130-foot charter yacht Magic, recently relaunched following her major refit. Refitted in partnership with her original design team Setzer Yacht Architects, luxury motor yacht Magic has undergone some significant modifications in the exterior areas, including the flybridge, where the deck layout has been re-configured to accommodate additional seating, a forward 5-person spa, an outdoor cinema, re-designed arch, mast, and hardtop structures, as well as an added day head. Below are the photos of newly refitted Magic, published by Front Street Shipyard.

Newly refitted 130ft charter yacht Magic leaving her shed at Front Street Shipyard - Image credit to Billy Black

Newly refitted 130ft charter yacht Magic leaving her shed at Front Street Shipyard - Image credit to Billy Black

Luxury superyacht Magic leaving her shed - Photo by Billy Black

Luxury superyacht Magic leaving her shed - Photo by Billy Black

Magic superyacht - Sundeck - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Magic superyacht - Sundeck - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Luxury yacht Magic - Sundeck - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Luxury yacht Magic - Sundeck - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Luxury motor yacht Magic - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Luxury motor yacht Magic - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Aboard Magic Yacht - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Aboard Magic Yacht - Image credit to Front Street Shipyard

Newly refitted superyacht MAGIC with passerelle by GMT Composites

April 03, 2014

Originally built by Northern Marine to a design by Ward Setzer in 2005, the 130-foot luxury charter yacht Magic has just left Front Street Shipyard in Maine. Motor yacht Magic has been at the yard all winter, going through a comprehensive refit.

Yacht MAGIC - Main

Yacht MAGIC - Main

Included is a new Z-lift built into the swim platform. GMT Composites was contacted by the Magic yacht’s captain to design and build a passerelle to make boarding on & off the extendable swim platform easy and secure when docked stern to.

Superyacht Magic at Front Street Shipyard

Superyacht Magic at Front Street Shipyard

Stephens Waring Yacht Design: Design, Life and Jazz

March 07, 2014

Having served the yachting community for over 20 years, the US full-service yacht design firm, Stephens Waring Yacht Design, specializes in custom and production projects. The company has worked on such superb vessels as their flagship 91-foot superyacht BEQUIA as well as the 75-foot sailing yacht ISOBEL.

Sailing yacht Bequia designed by Stephens Waring

Sailing yacht Bequia designed by Stephens Waring

As stated by Stephens Waring Yacht Design: “For years, we’ve been telling people we have the best job in the world. We get to meet exciting, dynamic people, collaborate with them to solve challenging problems, and create beautiful, spirited boats, all in an inspiring studio space.

Our studio takes up the entire top floor of a gorgeous 1885 brick building in downtown Belfast, Maine. At street level, enter the antique Victorian-era doors and climb the creaking stairway to the studio entrance where a two story foyer welcomes you into our crisp, modern space – marking a transformation out of yesterday’s historic decor into vibrant and inspiring themes exuding a spare, fresh reality. It’s a space for creativity – an atmosphere that’s intrinsic to the work we do.

The studio of Stephens Waring Yacht Design

The studio of Stephens Waring Yacht Design

Under a soaring skylight that lets soft northern light flow into the drafting room, we conduct our day’s work. From this inspirational space flow the designs with our signature—innovative blends of tradition and modern performance. One of us will take lead on each project—the choice made by affinity with our client.  Yet each partner is intimately close to all the work coming from the studio – like a refined jazz performance where the music is like a conversation between musicians, these designs are shaped by the input and synergy from the partners of Stephens and Waring – each offering up ideas, notes, that begin to make up the phrases for each riff until it sounds like the right tune.

Stephens and Waring: two good friends, a conversation of design on the table, like notes played in a duet.  And with a soft din of blues and jazz in the background, we create – Innovation Inspired by Tradition™ – a great day on the job.”

New American 92 Commuter Yacht by Setzer Yacht Architects and Front Street Shipyard

February 07, 2014

The ‘New American 92 Commuter’ yacht by Setzer Yacht Architects and Front Street Shipyard is designed for extended weekend cruising, representing a combination of retro-classic styling with a modern underbody, designed for speed, responsive performance and sea-keeping comfort. Luxury yacht ‘New American 92 Commuter’ expands upon earlier Setzer projects, allowing for owner operation or operation with minimal crew. The yacht belongs to the 2014 portfolio of “New American Motoryachts”, a collection of more than 18 new vessel concepts that studio president Ward Setzer created while on winter sabbatical in the Caribbean.

New American 92 Commuter yacht

New American 92 Commuter yacht

Pilothouse and flybridge helm stations are designed to maximize visibility for easy passage and docking. An expansive aft deck allows for al-fresco dining or shelters guests while underway.  A separate crew / captain’s stateroom features private access separate from guest spaces. The interior of the New American 92 Commuter yacht allows for 2 generous staterooms as well as a full beam master suite.

LOA 91’-10”

Beam 22’-0”

Draft  4’-6”

Propulsion  2 x Volvo IPS III

Top Speed 28 kts

Staterooms  1 Full Beam Master, 2 Guest, Aft Crew Stateroom

Other Features: Swim Platform Transformer; Large Aft Deck

The series also includes a 34-metre “Flushdeck RPH” yacht, a 38-metre “Modern Explorer superyacht and a 40-metre “Vintage Tri-Deck” superyacht. These luxury yachts will be actively marketed for construction at Front Street Shipyard, located in mid-coast Maine.

Front Street Shipyard and Setzer Yacht Architects develop New American Motoryacht series

February 05, 2014

Front Street Shipyard is glad to announce that it is currently working with Setzer Yacht Architects on the development of design documentation for a new motor yacht series. The new series features four new designs ranging from 28 to 40 metres and is an offshoot from Setzer’s broader 2014 portfolio of “New American Motoryachts”, a collection of more than 18 new concepts that studio president Ward Setzer created while on winter sabbatical in the Caribbean. The series includes a new 28-metre “Modern Commuter” yacht, a 34-metre “Flushdeck RPH” yacht, a 38-metre “Modern Explorer superyacht and a 40-metre “Vintage Tri-Deck” superyacht. These luxury yachts will be actively marketed for construction at Front Street Shipyard, located in mid-coast Maine.

New American 132 Tri-Deck superyacht

New American 132 Tri-Deck superyacht

The series presents several traditional yacht categories — commuters, raised pilothouses, explorers, and tri-decks — with tastefully modern styling, amenities, and details. They are designed to support all the modern conveniences today’s yacht owners are coming to expect, including wide open transom areas, great outdoor spaces, panoramic views, abundant natural light, state-of the art office setups, multi-zone entertainment systems, and the possibility of owner-operation and pod propulsion in the smaller yachts.

New American 125 Explorer yacht

New American 125 Explorer yacht

“Setzer’s New American Motoryacht series represents the direction we at Front Street Shipyard see the U.S. superyacht industry moving,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “Based on our conversations with existing clients, yacht brokers and industry representatives, we believe Setzer’s concepts capture the desires of owners, captains and charter clients.”

New American 112 RPH superyacht

New American 112 RPH superyacht

Collaboration between Front Street Shipyard and Setzer Yacht Architects began in July of 2013, when Turner visited the design firm’s U.S. studios to preview early sketches. “JB had an opportunity to handpick a few concepts that he thought would be great matches for Front Street Shipyard’s customers,” said Ward Setzer. “My design team and I finished developing the concepts with additional feedback and research.”

New American 92 Commuter Yacht

New American 92 Commuter Yacht

Letter of Intent to Merge signed by Hodgdon Yachts and Boothbay Region Boatyard

January 16, 2014

Today, January 16, 2014, saw Hodgdon Yachts and Boothbay Region Boatyard announce that they have signed a letter of intent to merge Boothbay Region Boatyard in Southport and Wotton’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor with Hodgdon Yachts. The combination is expected to become definitive this spring.

Aerial view of Boothbay Region Boatyard

Aerial view of Boothbay Region Boatyard

Hodgdon Yachts President Timothy Hodgdon said, “Combining Boothbay Region Boatyard’s outstanding facilities in Southport and Wotton’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor with our facilities in East Boothbay, Richmond and Damariscotta will create one of Maine’s largest, full service marine companies. We look we look forward to continuing to serve Boothbay Region Boatyard’s existing customers while aggressively pursuing opportunities to grow the combined business.”

Boothbay Region Boatyard will continue to provide maintenance and repair service to vessels ranging from outboard motorboats to yachts up to 80 feet. Hodgdon added, “The team at Boothbay Region Boatyard is highly regarded for their service capabilities and expertise in fiberglass, ship carpentry, finish, and electrical and mechanical services. We look forward to welcoming them to the Hodgdon Yachts team.” After the combination of the two businesses and the addition of approximately 30 employees at Boothbay Region Boatyard, Hodgdon will employ about 150 people in the Boothbay region.

Sandy Spaulding, Hodgdon Yachts senior business advisor, will serve as interim general manager of Boothbay Region Boatyard as Hodgdon conducts a national search to permanently fill the position.

Wotton’s Wharf, owned by Boothbay Region Boatyard, offers transient deep-water dockage for yachts up to 200 feet. Located on the west side of Boothbay Harbor, it is the home base to the annual Shipyard Cup™, a Hodgdon founded and hosted superyacht regatta that draws competitors from around the world and infuses significant dollars into the region each summer.

This combination is part of an ongoing effort by Hodgdon to diversify the fifth generation-run company, one of Boothbay region’s largest private employers. Over the past 12 years, Hodgdon has grown from its roots as an internationally-known custom yacht builder to also become an industry leader in high quality yacht construction involving innovative advanced composites design and construction, custom tenders for superyachts, yacht interiors, and projects for the United States Department of Defense.

This new service division will add a significant element of diversification to the overall company.  For Boothbay Region Boatyard, this combination will provide top-level management and opportunities to attract more project and refit work for yachts up to 80- feet.

Once the merger becomes final, Hodgdon will be operating facilities in all three of the Boothbay region’s communities, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor and Southport, in addition to a location in Richmond and a new location in Damariscotta.

Stephens Waring Yacht Design announces newly designed website

January 10, 2014

The bespoke US luxury yacht design studio, Stephens Waring Yacht Design, is delighted to announce a new look of the company’s website.

75ft sailing yacht Isobel designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

75ft sailing yacht Isobel designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

While the studio’s craft and design experience is rooted in Maine’s rich yachting heritage, their vision has built an international appeal. Heritage and tradition ground the company as it moves forward to innovate, as it designs yachts that are truly distinctive. The studio’s business is to translate and create – to combine their passionate vision with the clients’ dreams, desires and personalities.

The studio has built a reputation as design leaders. Its team brings fresh and exciting life into yacht design – a vision that melds beauty and distinction with high performance and practicality. For the company’s client, the process is defined by collaboration and communication: from concept to launch the goal is refined and creative design—beauty and grace that will turn heads in any port, anywhere.

Video with update on yacht refit projects at Front Street Shipyard

November 26, 2013

Based in Belfast, Maine, USA, Front Street Shipyard has released a video with an update on its latest refit projects. It features charter yacht MAGIC, as well as charter yacht AURORE, which came back for a second season, and the Gunboat yacht SLIM.

Front Street Shipyard has got a new hardtop under construction for MAGIC yacht’s flybridge. In addition to this undertaking, the yard has also got a new hot tub and outdoor theater system in the works, a bar and head, and a jet ski addition. On the transom they are installing a new “Transformer,” which is a hydraulic swim platform system. Front Street Shipyard teams of composites and systems technicians are working long days to maintain steady progress on the 130-foot motoryacht, which will be heading south this winter.

Video of Front Street Shipyard building their new 485-ton superyacht hoist

October 08, 2013

The well known US superyacht refit facility, Front Street Shipyard, has recently built their new 485-ton marine hoist. Below is a video made by Billy Black, showing how the machine came together and hauled the first couple of superyachts, including the 130-foot charter yacht Magic.

Now that Front Street Shipyard got the new lift, they need to get a new building big enough to fit it inside. The yard has been working with the Belfast City Council on getting final approval for the new facility. Construction of the new building is scheduled to start next spring.

Digital rendering of planned new building

Digital rendering of planned new building