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DiMillo’s Yacht Sales Opens at Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront is welcoming DiMillo’s Yacht Sales to its facility. DiMillo’s Yacht Sales is opening a brokerage office in one of Front Street Shipyard’s newest buildings where the company will sell new and used yachts. The new relationship with DiMillo’s Yacht Sales will allow Front Street Shipyard to enhance its offering to current and new customers living in and visiting the mid-coast region. DiMillo’s Yacht Sales will have 600 square feet of waterfront office space, with both land space and dockage to display brokerage yachts, as well as new Sabre’s and Back Coves. The new office will open May 1, 2013. DiMillo’s Yacht Sales has hired Scott Kinney to start up the office. Scott has a 35-year history in the yacht sales field. His past experience includes national sales manager with Hatteras Yachts, yacht broker with Norwalk Cove Marina, and sales manager with both Hinckley and Grand Banks Yachts . Scott will be offering brokerage services for both power and sailing boats and representation for new Sabre and Back Cove Yachts. “In our continuing effort to grow the boating business in mid-coast Maine, we’re happy to host a reputable brokerage office like DiMillo’s Yacht Sales that will service our region,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. Among the yachts initially represented in Belfast by DiMillos are a 2005 47’ Sabreline, named Sunshine, a 2010 41’ Grand Banks Europa named Island Runner, and a 2005 35’ Duffy. “We’re eager to get DiMillo’s Yacht Sales established in our new facility at Front Street Shipyard,” said Chris DiMillo, president of DiMillo’s Yacht Sales. “In...

Front Street Shipyard Upgrades to 485-ton Hoist

Front Street Shipyard on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront is moving forward with plans to upgrade its lifting capabilities with a 485-US-ton (440-metric-ton) hoist. Having secured final approval to build new piers, the owners of Front Street Shipyard are investing in a hoist large enough to service a greater contingent of international superyachts. They are also beginning the local permitting process to expand their facilities with a new building which will be large enough to allow the new lift inside. Front Street Shipyard’s expanded capabilities are expected to grow the international yachting community in Maine. The new hoist is on order from Cimolai, an advanced metal construction company in Italy. Cimolai’s team will build the hoist’s components in Italy and ship them to Belfast for assembly. Front Street Shipyard’s owners expect the hoist to be fully operational by August 1. The existing 165-ton hoist will remain the workhorse of the yard “With these new capabilities, we expect to attract even more diverse yachts to Maine,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “We also expect be able to generate over 40 new jobs in an expanded facility, so we hope the City of Belfast will continue to work with us in growing our business. Front Street Shipyard has begun the permitting process to expand their facility with a new 24,000-sq ft building. Should this new structure receive approval, it will accommodate some of the larger yachts the yard will attract with the new hoist. Since the company launched in January 2011, Front Street Shipyard has built an expansive waterfront facility. Their projects have included refits on a 106-foot Burger...

ABBRA Names Front Street Shipyard of Belfast, Maine Boatyard of the Year

The 2013 Boatyard of the Year Award was presented to Front Street Shipyard of Belfast, Maine at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) Boatyard Business Conference Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration held in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida from January 16th – 18th at the B Ocean Hotel. Given to the service or repair facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets of their company through commitment to customer service, quality management and positive vendor and employee relations, regard for safety of their employees and customers, is a steward of the environment, and innovatively employs technology to enhance their marine business, this award is one of ABBRA’s most prestigious Awards of Excellence. “You would be hard pressed to find four more distinctive or distinctly different individuals than the four men who have pooled their particular skills, knowledge and passion to create Maine’s newest, most rapidly growing and impressive yachting facility – Front Street Shipyard,” said ABBRA President Pam Lendzion, in her award presentation remarks. She added, “Ken Priest, Steve White, Taylor Allen and JB Turner shared a vision, saw an opportunity and turned that vision into a reality. They took a ramshackle collection of buildings, located on a tired waterfront that was begging for a new lease on life and turned it – seemingly overnight – into a modern, state of the art facility that has captured the hearts of those who work there, those who do business there and those who call the small Maine town of Belfast home. That vision, that commitment – to high quality service, to their workforce and their town, to responsible and...

Governor LePage Tours Front Street Shipyard

On Friday, August 10, 2012, Governor Paul LePage will travel to Belfast to visit employees and tour the facilities of Front Street Shipyard, a premiere yacht yard that services boats as large as 160 feet. After opening in 2011, Front Street Shipyard has grown to be one of the largest and most capable yacht yards in the Northeast. The Governor will begin with a tour of the facilities at 9:00 a.m.  This will be followed by a reception where the Governor will have the opportunity to meet the shipyard’s employees. “Front Street Shipyard has created quality jobs for Mainers and I’m glad to see it succeed in one of our coastal communities.  Known for its quality craftsmanship, ingenuity, and perseverance the Shipyard is a perfect fit for Belfast,” said Governor LePage.  “My administration will continue to work tirelessly to create an environment where businesses like this one can grow, flourish, and create good jobs for Mainers.” Operating in Belfast since March 2011, Front Street Shipyard undertakes new builds and refits for a wide array of boats: from classic wooden yachts to advanced composite constructions.  Since opening, Front Street Shipyard has grown to employ 82 full-time, year-round employees and is still growing. Front Street Shipyard’s owners recently announced that they have purchased neighboring Belfast Boatyard to expand operations.  This will give Front Street Shipyard the ability to store and service more boats, which will in turn expand their operations and increase their market base. Front Street Shipyard occupies the former Stinson Seafood site, which had been unoccupied for a decade. To date, Front Street shipyard has invested approximately $10 million...

Front Street Shipyard Expands with Purchase of Belfast Boatyard

Front Street Shipyard on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront has purchased its neighbor, Belfast Boatyard. With the sale finalized, the owners of Front Street Shipyard will immediately welcome the employees and customers of Belfast Boatyard while maintaining existing operations. The addition of Belfast Boatyard ads 500 feet of deep-water frontage, 22 slips, 20 moorings and harbor floats. This expansion will increase the yard’s service and storage capabilities for existing and future customers. “We purchased Belfast Boatyard as part of a strategic growth plan,” says Front Street Shipyard’s president, JB Turner. “Our initial goal was to create a yard equipped to service most any yacht that visits northern New England. We’ve reached that goal.” The Belfast Boatyard property will eventually house Front Street Shipyard’s business office and possibly crew accommodations. Front Street now has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space on a six-acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. There are five storage buildings and an additional 6.5 acres of off-site storage. Front Street Shipyard currently employs 82 people, and the management team hopes to grow its workforce with the additional work facilitated through the purchase of Belfast Boatyard. Front Street Shipyard has grown into the Northeast’s largest shipyard north of Newport, Rhode Island. The yard recently erected a sixth building on the waterfront that includes facilities for transient boaters and additional boat storage. Front Street Shipyard also welcomed Carbon Ocean Yachts of Bristol, Rhode Island, into its facility earlier this year, and began production of Southport Boats in conjunction with Kenway Corporation of Augusta, Maine, beginning in...