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New Issue of Passages

Check out our latest issue of Passages magazine featuring the refit ASHA, a visit from the New York Yacht Club, and the 2015 Penobscot Pursuit regatta. You can also subscribe to receive a copy of Passages twice per...

Front Street Shipyard Collaborates With Tripp Design

Front Street Shipyard’s in-house design team developed a new line of modern sloops now available for construction. The line includes 84-foot, 102-foot and 112-foot yachts that are performance-oriented with a range of interior options.

FSS Expands Facility to Bucksport

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, has increased its capacity by adding a new facility located in the neighboring town of Bucksport. The additional building houses a team of composites experts who are currently beginning construction on a line of 30-foot multihull boats for Trefoil Marine. Reserved exclusively for Front Street Shipyard’s production arm of the company, the Buckport facility will continue to take on new construction opportunities as they arise. The 15,000-square foot building was constructed in 2005 for another production boatbuilding company that has since downsized. At this new location, Front Street Shipyard took delivery of the CNC-machined plugs the builders are using to create hull and deck molds for the Trefoil high-performance T30 boats. Production boatbuilding will begin later this spring. “The opportunity to build the Trefoil boats brought about this expansion as well as several new jobs,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “Thanks to this long-term production run of boats, we’ve been able to assemble an exceptional team of composites technicians who are working out of the new facility.” The T30 catamarans built in the Bucksport facility will be used primarily for military and police patrol, fire and rescue. The craft’s capabilities are applicable to the commercial and recreational markets as well. The first of the boats will be launched in early summer. Front Street Shipyard currently has six full-time employees in the new facility and plans to more than double that number. The yard continues to seek skilled composites technicians to join the new workforce in Bucksport. Interested candidates can apply online at...

Front Street Shipyard Introduces Setzer-Designed Motoryachts

Front Street Shipyard is working with Setzer Yacht Architects to develop design documentation for a new motoryacht series. Featuring four new designs from 28 to 40 meters, the series is an offshoot from Setzer’s broader 2014 portfolio of “New American Motoryachts,” a collection of over 18 new concepts that studio president Ward Setzer developed while on winter sabbatical in the Caribbean.  Included in the series is a 28-meter “Modern Commuter,” a 34-meter “Flushdeck RPH,” a 38-meter “Modern Explorer,” and a 40-meter “Vintage Tri-Deck.” These yachts will be actively marketed for construction at Front Street Shipyard. See the full series on our website. 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. “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.” 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...

Eliot Cutler Visits Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard received a visit from Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler only two days after he announced his candidacy. He had a great tour of the yard and was impressed by some of the beautiful yachts undergoing work inside our shops this fall. Check out a video of Eliot Cutler speaking to our crew about his vision for...

Front Street Shipyard Begins 130-foot Superyacht Refit

The 130-foot superyacht MAGIC arrived in Belfast, Maine, this week to begin an extensive refit at Front Street Shipyard. The vessel’s owners commissioned Setzer Yacht Architects, MAGIC’s original design team, to complete the redesign. Front Street Shipyard will incorporate major design changes into the charter yacht’s exterior spaces during the coming months. As the ninth refit project over 24 meters to be awarded to Front Street Shipyard in the past two years, 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’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’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...

Front Street Shipyard Featured in Professional BoatBuilder

The story of Front Street Shipyard’s concept and development is featured in a comprehensive article in the June/July issue of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. Written by Paul Lazarus, this article includes a Q&A with JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard, and photos of the Belfast waterfront prior to the shipyard’s presence. Read the full article...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grant to Front Street Shipyard

As part of the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release $120,897 to the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of waterfront improvements at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Front Street Shipyard is providing matching funds for the $241,795 project. The waterfront rehabilitation includes 18 new slips and 15 new moorings for transient boats, which will be used for visitors and tourists in the mid-coast region. With the BIG grant, Front Street Shipyard will add 12 new slips on the dock face with shorepower, 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...