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Rhode Island boatbuilder will move to Maine

Front Street Shipyard announced that Carbon Ocean Yachts is relocating its operations from Rhode Island to the Belfast, Maine, facility.

The two builders will work together on the construction of lightweight, performance-driven yachts.

“We're excited by the new possibilities that will exist by integrating Carbon Ocean Yachts into Front Street Shipyard,” Front Street Shipyard president JB Turner said in a statement. “Carbon Ocean Yachts is leading the way in composite construction technology. Coupled with our versatility in materials and systems, we expect to have some remarkable projects.”

Carbon Ocean Yachts remains an independent company, but will contribute to the existing expertise at Front Street Shipyard. Carbon Ocean Yachts founders Brian Benjamin, Britt Colombo and Toby Mueller retain ownership and will continue to manage the company.

“By relocating to Front Street Shipyard's facility, we expect to enhance our capabilities for our clients,” Colombo said in a statement. “Our current facilities won't be able to accommodate our future projects. Front Street Shipyard was our first choice for a new facility because it is already making its mark as the premier yard for big boats on the East Coast.”

Front Street Shipyard is a boatbuilding, repair and service facility that offers dockage and winter storage for boats up to 160 feet and hauling capacity for vessels up to 165 tons. The yard has deep-water access for power and sailing vessels ranging from small boats to superyachts.

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