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Page 18. MAINE COASTAL NEWS November 2015 Boat And Ship Yard News

Front Street Shipyard Partners with Norwegian Ferry Builder

BELFAST - Front Street Shipyard in Bel- fast, Maine, is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon fi ber ferries throughout the United States under the new company name Arca- dia Alliance. Working in conjunction with Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes, a Norwegian composites expert living in Maine, Arcadia Alliance is mar- keting its highly effi cient ferries to state and federal agencies seeking to replace aging, ineffi cient passenger vessels.

Brødrene Aa currently designs and

builds carbon-fi ber passenger vessels in its 86,000-square foot Norwegian facility sit- uated along a fjord. The company has built 50 carbon ferries to date. Unlike U.S. ferries built of aluminum or fi berglass, Brødrene Aa’s carbon fi ber ferries are lightweight and consume less fuel, releasing fewer emis- sions into the air.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Trans-

portation, American ferries carry nearly 103 million passengers and just over 37 million vehicles per year.* “Given the signifi cance of ferry transport to travelers in coastal regions coupled with concerns about gas consumption and emissions, effi ciency of our country’s ferries is critical,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard.

“Brødrene Aa has a progressive design to reduce consumption and emissions, and they have an exceptionally effi cient construction method we can apply to the U.S. ferry market at Front Street Shipyard.”

Brødrene Aa is a 60-year-old company that introduced the world’s fi rst carbon-fi ber passenger vessel more than a decade ago. Representatives from Front Street Shipyard met with offi cers from Brødrene Aa in Hyen earlier this summer. “Given Front Street Shipyard’s modern facility and boatbuild- ing capabilities, we believe their team can deliver the same high-quality vessels in the United States that we produce in Norway,” said Leif Riksheim, chairman of the board at Brødrene Aa.

While the new partnership is in its

early stages, Arcadia Alliance has launched a temporary website (at arcadia-alliance. com) while the organizations work together to develop the ferry designs for U.S. waters. The Arcadia Alliance sales team will begin marketing the boats in earnest later this year, with hopes that Front Street Shipyard will be able to begin construction on the fi rst fast ferry in 2016. Representatives from interest- ed agencies can contact Arcadia Alliance at

Padebco Adds New Runabout Continued from Page 15.

a group of people, yet nimble enough for one person to operate with confi dence.” The V25R easily carves through the water with top speeds just under 50mph (43kts). Standing or sitting at the helm de- livers excellent visibility and, with a quick glance, grants full views of navigation dis- plays. Her quiet twin 150hp engines ensure a comfortable, smooth, and dry ride leaving a minimal wake.

While compact and easy to maneuver, she is designed for comfort and socializing. The V25R’s deck plan includes comfortable seating for up to 8 adults on mid-ship and aft bench seats in addition to helm and mate seats. A substantial refrigerated wet bar with pressurized water is located midship. Leave the convertible top down to enjoy the summer on the water, put it up and extend the cruising season! This versatile runabout offers a roomy and fi nely crafted v-berth cuddy cabin complete with hanging locker

Vsll sbouy Halu-out & winter storage

and head, ensuring a comfortable weekend get-away for a couple exploring the coast- line.

The V25R is available with many cus- tom options including; hull color, fabric se- lection, trim details, and more. Padebco has over 50-years of experience building custom yachts. The genuine craftsmanship and de- sign that is part of each Padebco combined with ideas and input of its owners result in each well-built vessel being distinctive. V24R Specs: LOA, 25'4"; Beam, 9'; Draft, 18:; Deadrise, 17 degrees; Fuel capacity, 125 gallons; Power: Twin 150-hp outboards. Padebco Custom Boat Builders & Full Service Boatyard is a Maine builder of custom Downeast-style, fi berglass boats ranging from 21 to 32 foot cruisers, cen- ter consoles, and walkarounds, to one off builds, and fi nishing hulls. Padebco is a full service boatyard with over 50-years of experience building and servicing sail and power boats. For more information visit or call (207) 529-5106.

Boat Rentals Available

Designer: 38 Calvin Beal, Beals, Maine Builder: SW Boatworks Lamoine, Maine Finisher: SW BOATWORKS Dimensions: 38’9” L x 15’W 14’2” x Transom D 4’2” Fisheries: Lobster Hull: Solid Fiberglass Top: Foam Core Deck: 3” fi berglass I-beams with coosa board deck skin and 3 layers of glass Power: 700 Volvo-ZF 360A 2.48:1 reduction Start-up/Sea Trials: Billings Diesel & Marine, Stonington Shaft: 2½” RE Thomas Propeller: DQ469 Nibral 4 blade 34”x40” Left hand-Nautilus Steering/Hydraulics: Lonnie’s Hydraulics-17” hauler Metal Fabrication: Esposito’s Welding Electronics/Wiring: Kramp Electronic Hatches: Anchor and Custom tank hatches by Esposito’s Welding Controls: Kobelt Fuel Tanks: Fiberglass-SW Boatworks Windows/Doors: Boman-Nautilus Marine Trucking/Hauling: Ron Murphy Lettering: Tidal Graphic Speed: 30-mph

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