Front Street Shipyard located in Belfast, Maine is touted as one of the most capable and versatile boatyards in northern New England. Their expansive facility encompasses a yacht yard, marina and storage facility on Penobscot Bay catering to the needs of every type of vessel ranging from small recreational boats to commercial vessels and superyachts.
In the late autumn of 2014, Front Street Shipyard was tasked with a minor refit and repaint on S/Y Asolare, a 154′ (48 meter) cold-molded ketch. Although this project presented several challenges to the Front Street team, their forward thinking and ingenuity prevailed to complete this massive project before the end of 2014 – and more importantly before the heavy snow arrived. The full article below is from Front Street Shipyard’s first issue of their new semi-annual journal Passages.
Most sailing fanatics followed the construction and launch of the superyacht SCHEHEREZADE in 2003 by Hodgdon Yachts. At the time she was the largest cold-molded yacht ever built at 154 feet. A Bruce King-designed ketch with complex systems and spars that reach the clouds, SCHEHEREZADE still sails globally today under the new name S/Y ASOLARE.
Having celebrated her 10-year birthday, ASOLARE was due for her Lloyd’s survey, some fresh paint and systems maintenance. She spent the fall of 2014 with us in Belfast, Maine, for this minor refit.
ASOLARE was a fun challenge from the beginning: with a 155-foot-long shop, we only had half a foot of clearance on either side of her when we moved her inside. Our good friends at Brownell Systems built a special trailer to slide her into and out of the shop with relative ease.
Once inside, she was turned over to our talented team of composite, systems and metalwork professionals. Kudos to our exceptional paint team who had arguably the most daunting task. They worked closely with our systems team and the yacht’s crew to sand, fair and paint all 48 meters of the boat, giving her a rich color and beautiful new shine.
ASOLARE’s systems are comprehensive, which meant we had to put all of our best technicians aboard. Working with the yacht’s crew, our team identified several updates that would put ASOLARE back in the water with more comfort for the crew and her guests.
Our electrical team ran a significant amount of new wire through the hull and mast for computer, electronics and entertainment systems. Some of ASOLARE’s hydraulics also needed maintenance, so we made upgrades to the most critical systems on board the boat.
By the time ASOLARE was ready to leave Maine, snow had started to fly. She left the docks in Belfast at the end of December and has made it to warmer weather since then.
We expect ASOLARE back at the yard for a visit this spring when we’ll finish up some additional work before her summer sailing season.