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Northern Marine ramps up refit division

Northern Marine's newly launched repair and refit division is off to a busy start.

In addition to building three new yachts, the Anacortes, Wash., boatyard is refitting five boats, four of which are Northern Marine builds.

One of the more famous Northern Marine yachts on site is the 75-foot Cheemaun, according to the builder.

The Cheemaun, originally Starship, is known for its 1,009-day, 75,000-mile educational circumnavigation from 1998-2001. The interactive expedition hosted photographers, filmmakers and scientists on board to document Earth's nature and people at the end of the millennium, often in remote locations accessible only by water.

The yacht has had several owners, including actor Gene Hackman, according to the company. The current owner brought Cheemaun from Florida to Anacortes and it is undergoing interior and exterior upgrades in its home yard.

"There's a benefit to refitting at our facility,” Northern Marine president Andy McDonald said in a statement. “The same skilled craftsmen who build our world-class, award-winning multimillion-dollar yachts are the same people doing the repair work on your boat."

Because the yard deals on a fixed-bid basis, customers can be comfortable knowing the scope of the work up front, McDonald said.

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