Friday, January 21, 2011


I am having a bit of wanderlust for the warm breezes on my face and thinking about the islands and turquoise waters, which leads me to wonder where the 136' super yacht Islandia that came this fall for maintenance to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard is sailing.
Islandia built in Holland and designed by Tony Castro and Peter Sijm, was made using steel for the quickwork - her design prescribes the presence of a bulbous keel with a composite sailing boat that has made it possible to reduce the draft to only 11.5'- and aluminum for the upper works. All the interiors are in mahogany wood, matched
with beige color upholstery and furnishings. The large living room, at the center of the boat, extremely bright thanks to the numerous glass surfaces, includes a spacious area with TV and dining table able to accommodate 10 persons.
Astern of this room are the three guest staterooms, each with its own bathroom, and the boat owner's stateroom. This latter stateroom is a true suite, with two large twin beds and a smaller bed, a lounge with an L-shaped sofa, a desk and a wardrobe, and is provided with a bathroom and a separate shower compartment.

At the bow of the living room there is a large on-board galley, almost professionally equipped, the crew dining area and their cabins, each with separate shower and bathroom. From this area the crew gains direct access to the deck, to the engine room and to the technical area where all the systems for the correct operation and maintenance of the boat are situated. This allows for a maximum level of privacy.
A beautiful yacht it is and we are looking forward to Islandia and other super yachts visiting us again here at Boothbay Harbor this spring for maintenance before they adventure coastal Maine, which is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world in the summer and early fall.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Repairing the Stem

When working on large wooden ships, shipwrights appreciate the weight and strength of the amazing medium of wood. Recently when the BBHS shipwrights cut the stem from Liberator, which was damaged, this massive piece of stem weighed over 1200 lbs.

Removing the Stem
Removing the Stem
Laminated Layers in Stem
Stem of Liberator Before Removal
For those of you that are not shipbuilders or avid sailors, a stem is the most forward part of a boat or ship's bow and is an extension of the keel itself.