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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 24 Issue 2 February 2011


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Maine Coastal News FREE Front Street Shipyard to Open in Belfast This Summer

A snowy view of the lobster boats stored at Billing's Diesel & Marine Services in Stonington.

BELFAST - Front Street Shipyard, Inc. (FSS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new custom boatbuilding, service yard, and spe- cialty composites manufacturing facility, on the former Stinson canning factory site, just south of the Belfast bridge. Managing part- ner J.B. Turner, of Warren, is joined by Taylor Allen, owner of Rockport Marine, Inc. (RMI); Steve White, owner of Brooklin Boat Yard (BBY); and Kenneth Priest, President of Kenway Corporation in Augusta. Turner has 24 years of experience as a manager of yacht service and composite boatbuilding projects for major yards on the east coast. Prior to his involvement at Front Street, Turner was president of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Company.

J.B. Turner sees this new yard as a meld- ing of the strengths of all the partners. He states, “We see this new facility as an imme- diate global competitor in all aspects of boatbuilding, repair, and restoration, giving the yachting community another serious option for all their needs. Additionally, it will have tremendous depth in all facets of com- posites fabrication, from industrial to recre- ational applications. Full-service capabilities with value-oriented, quality work will be the cornerstone of our philosophy.” Front Street Shipyard will open its doors in the summer of 2011, offering dockage for boats up to 180 feet and hauling capacity for vessels up to 165 tons. The Belfast site fea- tures deep water access, space for marina

facilities, and 4 acres of land for storage and work bays. Front Street will employ painters, varnishers, carpenters, composites techs, riggers, machinists, fabricators, and mechan- ics to ensure top quality service. The partners believe that the combination of their indi- vidual strengths-the woodworking and de- sign expertise of Brooklin Boat Yard and Rockport Marine, Inc., the diverse industrial composite experience of Kenway Corpora- tion and Turner’s background of leadership in the marine industry-makes this a unique business, with a deep bench of experience. Asked why they chose to start a new yard with Turner and Priest rather than seek to expand on their own, Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine stated, “Steve, JB and I have known each other for many years, and have enjoyed collaborating on and compet- ing for various boat-related projects. RMI, BBY, and FSS each will continue to have different strengths, but there may be times when we will compete for the same projects. We see that as all to the good; in fact, it’s good for Maine boatbuilding and the indus- try as a whole. What we can put together in Belfast is far greater than any of us could do alone. We come at it with very similar philoso- phies, plus we have a lot of fun doing it.” White concurred, “By combining our efforts, we hope to create a truly world-class yacht yard. Taylor and I both remain commit- ted to keeping our own yards in Brooklin and Rockport strong, and operating indepen-

dently. By the same token, we’ve both been looking for a place that would allow us to compete for some of the bigger boats. Belfast is centrally located, just half an hour from either Brooklin or Rockport, and it’s got deep water access, so it looked pretty interesting. When JB Turner became available to act as the General Manager, that gave us the green light for Front Street Shipyard, and when Ken Priest threw his oar in, we all knew we were on to something good.”

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Priest emphasized the role that Front Street would play in alternative energy projects such as offshore wind, tidal and wave. Not only will deep water access allow the shipment of large industrial composite products to customers around the world, but Front Street will offer efficient service, main- tenance and repair to off-shore equipment. Says Priest, “The Belfast community offers

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