Front Street Shipyard

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Front Street Shipyard
Custom Boat Builder in Belfast, Maine
Aerial of Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine.
Location101 Front Street, Belfast, Maine
Lat/Long44° 25′ 46 / -69° 0′ 27″
IndustryYacht Construction, Yacht Refits

Front Street Shipyard is a custom boat builder, boat yard, marina, and service yard in Belfast, Maine, USA. The yard is located along the waterfront in Penobscot Bay. The business was established in 2011.[1] One year later, the ownership group also purchased the neighboring business, Belfast Boat Yard.[2] In 2014, Front Street Shipyard began leasing a building in Bucksport, Maine, where production boats are built.[3]

Docks at Front Street Shipyard.
Hauling ASOLARE at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine.

Front Street Shipyard is situated on a six-acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. The yard has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space for boat building and yacht refits. The buildings on site are long enough and tall enough to accommodate yachts up to 155 feet long. There are seven acres of off-site storage space, as well as a production boat building facility in the neighboring town of Bucksport. The yard has a yacht lifting capacity of 485 tons, making it capable of lifting superyachts.[4]

Front Street Shipyard specializes in boat building and yacht refits. Notable superyacht refits at Front Street Shipyard include:

  • ASHA, a 90-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht, in 2015.[5]
  • ASOLARE, a 154-foot cold-molded wooden ketch, in 2014.[6]
  • MARAE, a 108-foot pilothouse sloop, in 2014.[7]
  • ATLANTIDE, a 122-foot historic steel motoryacht, in 2012-13.[8]
  • STONEFACE, a 106-foot aluminum Burger motoryacht, in 2011-12.[9]

Front Street Shipyard works with yacht designers to develop concept yacht designs for new construction. The designs available for construction at Front Street Shipyard include:

  • 84-foot and 102-foot modern sloops designed by Bill Tripp.[10]
  • 118-foot and 130-foot sloops designed by Sparkman & Stephens.[11]


  1. ^ Miller, Kevin. "Enthusiasm Running High for New Belfast Shipyard." Bangor Daily News. June 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Groening, Tom. "Front Street Shipyard poised to buy Belfast Boatyard." Bangor Daily News. July 30, 2012.
  3. ^ Bavoso, Katharine. "Front Street Shipyard expands company to Bucksport facility." WCSH6. March 28, 2014.
  4. ^ McCarthy, James. "Front Street Shipyard Creates a Buzz About Belfast." Mainebiz. June 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Fottles, Gemma. "Front Street Shipyard launch 27.4m Asha after extensive refit." Superyacht Times. May 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Fottles, Gemma. "The refit of superyacht Asolare." Superyacht Times. February 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Fottles, Gemma. "Front Street Shipyard completes Marae Refit." Superyacht Times. September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Groening, Tom. "Luxury yacht undergoing work in Belfast saved British soldiers in Dunkirk evacuation." Bangor Daily News. November 23, 2012.
  9. ^ "Burger Boat luxury yacht STONEFACE leaves Front Street Shipyard." Charterworld. January 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Fottles, Gemma. "Front Street Shipyard reveal new line of sailing yachts." Superyacht Times. March 25, 2015.
  11. ^ Byrne, Diane. "Front Street 118 and 130, Designed by Sparkman & Stephens." Megayacht News. September 30, 2011.

Coordinates: 44°25′45″N 69°00′32″W / 44.429113°N 69.009006°W / 44.429113; -69.009006