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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

Motor yacht MAGIC starts refit at Front Street Shipyard

September 19, 2013

This week saw the 130-foot charter yacht MAGIC arrive in Belfast, Maine, USA to start a comprehensive refit at Front Street Shipyard. The vessel’s owners commissioned Setzer Yacht Architects, motor yacht MAGIC’s original design team, to complete the redesign. Front Street Shipyard will incorporate major design changes into the vessel’s exterior spaces over the upcoming months.

130ft charter yacht MAGIC at Front Street Shipyard - Photo by Billy Black

130ft charter yacht MAGIC at Front Street Shipyard - Photo by Billy Black

As the ninth refit project over 24 meters to be awarded to Front Street Shipyard in the past two years, luxury yacht MAGIC is one of the first superyachts to be hauled out using the yard’s newly acquired 485-ton hoist. In addition to the hoist, Front Street Shipyard has expanded its facilities and reinforced its capabilities significantly during the past year to accommodate refit projects and new constructions of MAGIC yacht’s size and scope. Front Street Shipyard is currently one of the only East Coast yacht repair facilities that can accommodate a vessel of MAGIC’s size in a climate-controlled building.

“Front Street Shipyard will be an excellent home for this project,” said Ward Setzer, principal at Setzer Yacht Architects. “They have the facilities, expertise, experience, and now the lifting capacity required to successfully complete very large refits. We are confident in their ability to exceed our client’s expectations.”

Several major design changes are planned for MAGIC yacht’s refit, the most significant of which will be to 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, and an added day head.

“Having worked closely with Setzer Yacht Architects on several major builds and refits in the past decade, I’m looking forward to partnering with them again on our largest collaboration to date,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “Ward Setzer has a unique ability among designers to envision the finished yacht, and translate that vision effectively to the build team.”

Setzer Yacht Architects’ design plans for charter yacht MAGIC also include the bow deck, where new seating areas with interchangeable dining and sun lounging configurations will be installed. Lastly, a hydraulically powered beach club transformer, custom made in stainless steel, will be fitted to the yacht’s transom. This will drastically increase the size of the swim platform, while also serving as a “sport deck,” extendable passarelle, dive platform, swim ladder, and jet-ski dock.

The result will be a yacht that fits the new owners’ lifestyle and usage requirements, but that is also updated to meet current trends in the charter and resale markets.

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