JB Turner, the managing partner at Front Street Shipyard has confirmed to SuperyachtNews.com that the Belfast, Maine shipyard is planning a significant expansion in response to increasing enquiries from visiting superyachts.

“We’re refinancing the yard, and we know we want to build Building 6, which will allow us to move yachts up to 440 metric tonnes directly into a covered shed,” Turner said when reached by phone. Once up, it’ll be the biggest climate controlled facility on the North East Coast focused on big yacht refit.”

Turner says the yard’s partners believe they could get started on the shed by the end of this year or at the latest next Spring. The plans for Building 6 follow on from the yard’s recent investments in the new 440 tonne lift and workshop expansion into the neighbouring town of Bucksport, Maine.

Render of Building 6, to the right of the current Building 5. New structure will be 73m deep with a second internal bay at 49m, a 21m air draft and a 30m-wide door opening.

Front Street Shipyard has also been at the forefront of new American superyacht design with the company's support for Setzer Yacht Design, including a 125 Explorer and a 132 Tri-Deck.

With an impressive list of refit work including Atlantide and Magic last year, Marae, Symmetry and Latitia this year and booking for work on a 47m Hodgdon and Asolare (formerly Scheherazade) this Autumn, Front Street is benefiting from increased refit works and a growing awareness of the competencies in the region.

“People are less likely to go places they think they can’t get help,” Turner says. “Now with us here in Maine, along with the other yards in the region, people don’t feel like they’re headed into some remote world. It’s beautiful up here and we know our customers are really happy to visit and stay a while.”

The Setzer Yacht Design New American 132 Tri-Deck concept, promoted for construction by Front Street Shipyard

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