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Launch of ‘Hodgdon Yacht Services’

June 04, 2014

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

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

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

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

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.

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.