The varied talents of Belfast, Maine’s Front Street Shipyard crew were utilized to their full potential for the year-and-a-half-long refit of Sindbad. This 80’ (24m) custom steel-hulled North Sea trawler was built in 1962 in Norway as an ice-class vessel. After nearly 30 years of service, she was purchased by the current owner’s father who transformed the classic trawler into a yacht-class vessel. Over 25 years have passed since this original transformation, so Sindbad faced a major refit with extensive upgrades and equipment replacement.
The hull and deck were cleaned and stripped to be examined for areas of corrosion. The boat’s cap rails were completely removed and rebuilt to eliminate an ongoing corrosion issue as well. Sindbad enjoyed the full ALEXSEAL® system in stages throughout the 18-month refit including fairing, primer and a fresh topcoat on the hull and topsides, plus non-skid on the pilot deck and other horizontal surfaces. JB Turner, President and General Manager of Front Street Shipyard elaborates on the long refit of Sindbad: “Whether we need a flexible fairing compound or we need some kind of coating that’s going to stay on as a primer for a long period of time out in the sun before it gets topcoated, we always look to the experts at ALEXSEAL and say: ‘This is the solution we were looking for.’”
While talented shipwrights were working on the exterior to bring it back to a showroom shine, other team members were busy on the inside replacing the majority of Sindbad’s outdated wiring, and repairing and replacing the fuel and water tanks. The refit was rounded out with new electronics and A/V systems throughout the boat, plus and engine rebuild and new propeller.
This newly refit classic masterpiece has since made her way home to New Jersey in time for summer cruising in the New England waters. It is an honor that Front Street Shipyard has shown favor to ALEXSEAL coatings products with many notable refits utilizing our products including the Gunboat performance catamaran, Zenyatta and the classic 1930’s Abeking & Rasmussen, Little Vigilant.