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New Representative in Superyacht Refit Market for Front Street Shipyard

December 10, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, has appointed Bacchus Yacht Consultancy of Palm Beach, Florida, as their new representative in the superyacht refit market. Bacchus Yacht Consultancy, owned by Michael Bach, will represent Front Street Shipyard in new business development, particularly in the Florida and Caribbean refit markets. Superyacht project managers, captains, as well as owners are encouraged to discuss their current and future refit needs with Michael Bach, who will provide a full outline of Front Street Shipyard’s increasing capabilities upon request.


Bacchus Yacht Consultancy is now promoting opportunities for new refit projects at Front Street Shipyard as shop space becomes available in the spring and summer. Front Street Shipyard is currently in the final stages of two major refits: a 124-foot Palmer Johnson pilothouse ketch and a 155-foot Bruce King-designed cold-molded sloop. Other notable recent refits include a 130-foot tri-deck motoryacht, a 122-foot classic commuter yacht, and a 106-foot aluminum Burger.

“Bacchus Yacht Consultancy provides Front Street Shipyard with a presence in a major yachting hub in Southern Florida,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “Michael Bach is a knowledgeable representative of the yard who will spread the word to captains and owners who may not yet be familiar with us.”

Since Front Street Shipyard’s launch in early 2011, the yard’s capabilities have grown consistently to position the yard as a premier international superyacht destination. With a 485-ton yacht hoist and indoor shop space that accommodates vessels up to 160 feet, Front Street Shipyard is able to undertake major refits efficiently. Deep water and an expansive marina ensure that yachts have access to the yard year-round.

“Having worked with Front Street Shipyard in the past as an owner’s representative, I came to appreciate the quality, efficiency and sense of fairness that the yard offers its customers,” said Michael Bach. “I was so pleased with my experience there that I became an unofficial ambassador for the yard, making this business relationship a natural progression.”

Bacchus Yacht Consultancy is an owner’s advocacy company that promotes relationships between the yards, services, vendors and yachts that will result in the best possible refits. Bach’s role with Front Street Shipyard is to promote its refit capabilities and craftsmanship throughout the superyacht community internationally. Bach will facilitate relationships between Front Street Shipyard and the owners, captains and project managers who are considering or sourcing comprehensive refits.

Bacchus Yacht Consultancy will complement Front Street Shipyard’s other business development team led by Bruce Johnson, who represents the yard in new construction opportunities.

Hodgdon announces launch of 100ft carbon race yacht COMANCHE

October 06, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Hodgdon Yachts is thrilled to announce the launch of the all-new 100-foot pre-preg carbon race yacht Comanche. The mighty sailing yacht Comanche hit the water at the company’s yard in East Boothbay, Maine on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Launch of the 100ft superyacht Comanche by Hodgdon Yachts

Launch of the 100ft superyacht Comanche by Hodgdon Yachts

Next, superyacht Comanche will be towed to Newport Shipyard, Rhode Island, where the rig and the keel will be fitted, and then sea trials will begin, before making the voyage aboard ship to Sydney, in Australia to compete in the famed Sydney to Hobart Race.

“She was designed and built to break monohull sailing records”, said Timothy Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts.

100ft sailing yacht Comanche at launch

100ft sailing yacht Comanche at launch

Racing yacht Comanche was commissioned by Jim Clark about a year ago. With black and red paint, the vessel boasts an impressive beam of 30ft. The build of Comanche was completed by about 60 workers in only one year. The hull was constructed at the Hodgdon Yacht facility in Boothbay, while the mast and keel were built by the companies from New Zealand and Italy, respectively.

100ft Hodgdon super yacht Comanche on the water

100ft Hodgdon super yacht Comanche on the water

Luxury yacht Comanche was constructed with aerospace technology that comprises the usage of pre-impregnated composite fibres, “pre-preg,”. The vessel is expected to break records in the upcoming races, also thanks to this advanced technology.

Below is a video from the launch of sailing yacht Comanche, released by Onne van der Wal and shared by Hodgdon Yachts:

Hodgdon Yachts to open an office in Newport, Rhode Island

September 12, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

This year’s Newport International Boat Show will see Hodgdon announce the opening of a new sales and marketing office in Newport, Rhode Island. Hodgdon will announce it at a reception for the press at the Hodgdon Yacht Services exhibit, on Friday, September 12, at 5PM at Tent G37.

Eric Leslie to join the new Hodgdon sales and marketing office in Newport, R.I.

Eric Leslie to join the new Hodgdon sales and marketing office in Newport, R.I.

The new office will serve primarily to promote Hodgdon boatyard and shipyard refit and maintenance services now under the banner of Hodgdon Yacht Services with facilities in Southport, Boothbay Harbor and East Boothbay, Maine.  The Newport office will compliment Hodgdon’s locations in the Boothbay region and its new office in Monaco.

Hodgdon Yacht Services was launched in the 2nd Quarter of this year under the leadership of Sandy Spaulding, President,  to organize all Hodgdon service activities with the acquisition of the former Boothbay Region Boatyard in Southport Maine, the Wotton’s Wharf dockage facility in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and existing superyacht refit activities at the East Boothbay shipyard.

Eric Leslie (above) has been hired to staff the Newport office.  Eric is a well-known and well regarded member of the yachting  community in the greater Newport area. Eric will also help promote other Hodgdon initiatives including superyacht interiors, superyacht tenders and new yacht construction.

The press reception will also highlight news on other Hodgdon projects such as the upcoming launch of the 100 ft. pre-preg racing sailing yacht COMANCHE, the refit of 118 ft. NOELANI yacht , the build of a 65 ft. Dave Pedrick designed cold molded sailboat PIERA and the superyacht tenders under construction.

Front Street Shipyard re-launch MARAE and SYMMETRY Yachts

August 22, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

For the past few months, Front Street Shipyard has been working on the refit of two New Zealand-built vessels, charter yacht MARAE (ex Paraiso) and sailing yacht SYMMETRY. Both yachts have been re-launched at Front Street Shipyard this month, within a week of each other. While they are currently still on the shipyard’s docks getting some final touches, both vessels will be heading south soon.

108ft charter yacht MARAE (ex Paraiso)

108ft charter yacht MARAE (ex Paraiso)

The 108-foot pilothouse sloop MARAE is a luxury charter yacht. Front Street Shipyard has given her beautiful new paint on her topsides and deck and updated many of her electrical systems.

The German Frers-designed superyacht SYMMETRY is a 96-foot cruising yacht. Front Street Shipyard also gave her a fresh coat of paint, as well as gorgeous new teak decks.

96ft super yacht SYMMETRY

96ft super yacht SYMMETRY

Front Street Shipyard wish both boats and their crews safe travels as they make preparations for their upcoming voyages.

Renderings of new Front Street Shipyard ‘Building 6′ for superyacht refit work

July 08, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Front Street Shipyard has released a couple of renderings of their new ‘Building 6′, which is expected to significantly strengthen their facilities for handling superyacht refit work. Its construction is set to begin later this year. The new building will have an opening tall enough to accommodate the company’s 485-ton hoist that they put into operation last year. It will also be long enough and wide enough to host 200-foot-plus super yachts.

New Front Street Shipyard Building 6 for superyacht refit work

New Front Street Shipyard 'Building 6' for superyacht refit work

Aerial view of the new Front Street Shipyard 'Building 6'

Aerial view of the new Front Street Shipyard 'Building 6'

Launch of ‘Hodgdon Yacht Services’

June 04, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The all-new division ‘Hodgdon Yacht Services’ has been recently launched by Hodgdon, as part of the company’s important expansion into both the yacht and pleasure boat service, as well as refit sectors. The expansion makes Hodgdon one of New England‘s largest full-service marine companies.

Hodgdon Yacht Services, formerly Boothbay Region Boatyard, in Southport, Maine

Hodgdon Yacht Services, formerly Boothbay Region Boatyard, in Southport, Maine

With the recent merger of Boothbay Region Boatyard in Southport and Wotton’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor with its existing shipyard in East Boothbay, the company is now operating facilities in three locations in the Boothbay region. Hodgdon officially merged Boothbay Region Boatyard and Wotton’s Wharf into Hodgdon Yacht Services on June 1, 2014, allowing for the expansion. With the addition of approximately 30 service sector professionals from Boothbay Region Boatyard, Hodgdon now employs approximately 150 people in midcoast Maine, making it one of the largest employers in the Boothbay region.

Hodgdon CEO Timothy Hodgdon said, “We are pleased to continue growing the business as we approach our 200th anniversary, a milestone we will celebrate in 2016. This new division perfectly complements Hodgdon’s world-renowned custom boat building, custom superyacht tenders, interiors and defense divisions.”

Hodgdon's newly acquired marina in Boothbay Harbor

Hodgdon's newly acquired marina in Boothbay Harbor

Sandy Spaulding, former president of Hinckley Yachts and Hodgdon Yachts senior business advisor, has been named president of the new division. Matt Elder, a former partner in Sea Marine of Port Townsend, Washington, has been named the general manager.

Spaulding said, “The addition of Hodgdon Yacht Services and the integration of Boothbay Region Boatyard and Wotton’s Wharf into Hodgdon’s existing facilities in East Boothbay establish Hodgdon as a significant presence in both service and refit. With the addition of the highly skilled maintenance and repair staff now in our employ from Southport to East Boothbay, we are poised to go after the service and refit markets in a big way. I am thrilled to be heading up this new initiative for Hodgdon.”

The Hodgdon Yachts East Boothbay shipyard

The Hodgdon Yachts East Boothbay shipyard

The company will celebrate the expansion with an open house Sunday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Southport boatyard. Customers and community members are invited to attend.

Hodgdon Yacht Services will provide maintenance, repair and refit services for recreational boats, yachts and superyachts. It will also provide storage and dockage at its Southport boatyard. The Southport boatyard can lift boats up to 50 tons and up to 65 feet in length. The new division also offers railway lifting capacity for superyachts up to 400 tons and up to 60 meters in length at its East Boothbay shipyard. Recent projects at the East Boothbay shipyard include refits of a 138-foot schooner and an 83-foot traditional yacht, as well as a refit of an 82-foot motor yacht with an ultra-lightweight interior. Both yards are supported by Hodgdon’s in-house advanced composite structural and systems engineering as well as its world famous interiors division.

Hodgdon’s newly acquired marina in Boothbay Harbor, known locally as Wotton’s Wharf, has more than 750 feet of linear dock space and a face dock of 500 feet. The wharf 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 expansion is part of an ongoing effort by Hodgdon to diversify the fifth generation-run company. 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 advanced composites design and construction, custom tenders for superyachts, yacht interiors, and projects for the United States Department of Defense.

In addition to its three facilities in the Boothbay region, Hodgdon has locations in Richmond and Damariscotta for its interiors division and its custom tender construction division, respectively.

Video: Front Street Shipyard moving superyacht MARAE into building

June 02, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Front Street Shipyard is currently playing a host to the 108-foot charter yacht MARAE (ex Paraiso), that sailed up to Maine from the popular Caribbean yacht holiday locations last month. When the yard moved superyacht MARAE into the building, Billy Black made a video below, with Frank Ficken, MARAE yacht’s captain, providing some details about the work Front Street Shipyard is about to perform this summer.

New England Yacht Charter Special aboard 50m Mega Yacht ARIANNA this August

May 26, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The beautiful 50m mega yacht ARIANNA is currently offering a fantastic New England yacht charter special for the upcoming August. Book Arianna superyacht from August 15th to 24th and enjoy an unforgettable New England yacht vacation in America at a reduced rate of US$ 175,000 per week plus expenses!

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main

Yacht ARIANNA - Main

Motor yacht ARIANNA is a multi-award-winning luxury yacht, launched in 2012. She was built to perfection by the prestigious US shipyard, Delta Marine, featuring engineering and design by Delta’s in-house team. The yacht is well-suited for long voyages thanks to her large tank volumes and the extended range.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main Salon

Yacht ARIANNA - Main Salon

Stepping on board Arianna, charter guests will instantly notice her luxurious and elegant styling, with focus on functionality, comfort and personal indulgence. Her layout, space arrangements, amenities, water-toys and interior compliment any choice of life-style guest may desire. A beautiful combination of exquisite textures and rich materials exude a feeling of tropical atmosphere, inspiring guests to relax, unwind and be pampered as they cruise the breath-taking New England luxury yacht charter destinations in America.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Formal Dining

Yacht ARIANNA - Formal Dining

The spacious main saloon welcomes guests with a unique harmony and a tropical ambience, where guests can enjoy a cocktail, a good conversation or a friendly game of cards. The dining area boast a timeless yet contemporary ambience with a solid slab dining table as a beautiful ‘centre-piece’. Arianna’s professional galley is equipped to deliver exceptional cuisine prepared by her talented and experienced Chef.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Master Cabin

Yacht ARIANNA - Master Cabin

Accommodation aboard charter yacht Arianna is divided between 6 luxurious and spacious cabins. The private master stateroom is situated on the bridge deck, providing an exclusive family retreat. The master suite boasts an en suite bathroom with a large spa bath and rain shower with a mosaic of colourful hand-selected tiles and a selection of lovely woods. A private outdoor area for intimate gatherings can be found just aft the master suite, offering fantastic al-fresco dining area with chairs, a table for four as well as a comfortable rattan chaise lounge. The deck can be opened or enclosed, depending on guests’ desires, and the current charter location and weather.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Owners Lounge

Yacht ARIANNA - Owners Lounge

A private lounge area joins the Owner’s suite with a twin stateroom that is suitable for children, family or guests. The lounge is fitted with a wet bar with verde granite bamboo counters, an elegant and comfortable seating, a convenient work desk and a concealed HD TV entertainment area.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Owners Deck

Yacht ARIANNA - Owners Deck

Additional guest cabins are situated on the lower deck and include a VIP stateroom with a King-sized bed, two staterooms with Queen-sized beds and a twin cabin that can be converted into Queen when required.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Starboard Forward Twin Cabin

Yacht ARIANNA - Starboard Forward Twin Cabin

One of the highlights of Arianna yacht is her fully-equipped gymnasium, located on the portside of the bridge deck, offering generous space and excellent ocean views. To complete the full experience on board Arianna and completely relax, there is a cedar-lined sauna, changing room and a day head.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Sundeck Dining

Yacht ARIANNA - Sundeck Dining

The spacious exterior areas are divided into multiple outdoor spaces, offering a wide variety of al-fresco dining possibilities, as well as places to simply lay back and relax. There is a large seating area on the main deck, perfect for socialising and entertainment, a fantastic dining area on the owner’s private deck, the large sun deck island bar to enjoy a cocktail or two or the teak dining table on the sun deck for another fabulous al fresco dining experience.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Sundeck

Yacht ARIANNA - Sundeck

Superyacht Arianna’s sun deck offers magnificent 360° views as well as a jetted spa pool tub, an island bar and a lightweight carbon fibre bimini top for additional shade. For additional entertainment and fun, ARIANNA has a great range of water-toys, including a SeaBob, jet ski, dive gear as well as a certified crew on board.


One of the best ways to explore this wonderful destination of incredible diversity, varied identity and individualism is by embarking on a fantastic New England yacht charter. Plenty of activities and locations await yacht charterers, cruising between the Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, with itineraries spreading over one week or longer. Depending on your desires, New England yacht vacation could include various destinations, such as the vibrant city of Providence or the more peaceful Cape Cod. Sail to Newport on Rhode Island and explore the home of the famous challenging sailing yachts of the America’s Cup.

Aerial Photo - Newport- Rhode Island Coast with Newport Mansions Credit to Rhode Island Tourism Division

Aerial Photo - Newport- Rhode Island Coast with Newport Mansions Credit to Rhode Island Tourism Division

New England offers a variety of events and legendary festivals, including the Newport Folk or Jazz festivals to enjoy. Cruising from Newport to Block Island you will have the possibility to enjoy the low-key atmosphere before heading to the picturesque and charming town of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. Relax at this lovely township with its lighthouse entrance and sandy beaches.

Credit to Michael Melford - Block Island Tourism - Block Island - Rhode Island

Credit to Michael Melford - Block Island Tourism - Block Island - Rhode Island

Representing one of the best known historic, and well established, yachting and yacht charter grounds in the United States the New England region has all the main types of yacht charters and charter boats on offer. ARIANNA superyacht belongs to the some of the most beautiful and luxurious yachts available in this area and the recent cancellation offers you a great window of opportunity to experience that New England superyacht charter vacation you always dreamt of! If you are interested in finding out more about Arianna and New England charter holidays, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers here.

Video: Front Street Shipyard moves newly refitted 130ft superyacht MAGIC

April 28, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Last month saw Front Street Shipyard move the newly refitted 130-foot luxury charter yacht MAGIC back out of her shed and into the water. Superyacht MAGIC has since headed south for warmer weather, boasting a new hardtop, sun deck, as well as transom platform. Below is a shot video from the moving and launch process of MAGIC, made by Billy Black and shared by Front Street Shipyard.

Front Street Shipyard working on W.100 Yacht with W-Class Yachts

April 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Front Street Shipyard is continuing to work on the new W.100 yacht with W-Class Yachts. Luxury sailing yacht W.100 has been beautifully penned by Bruce Johnson and Rockport Marine.

Rendering of superyacht W.100 by Front Street Shipyard and W-Class Yachts

Rendering of superyacht W.100 by W-Class Yachts

Recently W-Class commissioned a remarkable rendering of the W.100 superyacht under sail (see above). This “photo” is actually a computer-generated image of the new yacht. W-Class is seeking a buyer before beginning construction on this boat at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine.

The W.100′ yacht has been designed to compete in classic yacht regattas such as the Eggemoggin Reach, Les Voiles de Saint Barth, Antigua Classic, the Bucket Series and for occasional cruising. She is the minimum size yacht to qualify for these events. The interior and deck layouts have been optimized for crew efficiency, comfort and accommodations.