Front Street Shipyard unveils new line of modern sloops

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Front Street Shipyard's in-house design team is collaborating with yacht designer Bill Tripp to develop a new line of modern sloops that are now available for construction.

The shipyard said the line includes 84-foot, 102-foot and 112-foot yachts that are performance-oriented with a range of interior options. The composite sailboat line is positioned as a competitive new option for new construction at the shipyard's Belfast, Maine, facility.

The concepts, interior designs and exterior styling of the new yacht line have been developed in-house at the shipyard with naval architecture provided by Tripp Design Naval Architecture of Connecticut and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The collaboration between the yard and design firm grew out of a shared desire to generate more new construction opportunities in America.

"We've long hoped that we'll have an opportunity to build new yachts with Bill Tripp, whose designs are renowned worldwide," shipyard president JB Turner said in a statement. "We'd like to grow the new-build side of our yard with projects from talented engineering and design firms like Bill's."

The shipyard said the 84-foot and 102-foot designs primarily feature flush decks, yet have an aggressive, low-profile deckhouse aft of the mast in an effort to bring additional light to the living areas. The 112-foot sloop is a pilothouse boat.

The shipyard said all three models include a central social cockpit protected by the deckhouse and an aft sailing cockpit. There are multiple interior layouts, depending on the owner's expectations.

The sailing systems on the shipyard's newest designs are hydraulic, with carbon-fiber rig packages. Twin headstay furlers provide a working jib on the inner stay and a reaching sail on the outer stay. There is a bowsprit to handle a Code Zero or Alpha sail, and the mainsail has in-boom furling. All winches are hydraulic self-tailing or captive, depending on the model size.

The shipyard said Tripp Design will provide all necessary engineering, as well as advanced design of rigs, hulls and appendages.

The shipyard will construct the yachts using modern advanced composite techniques with milled female tooling for hulls and male tooling for decks and infused laminates.

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