Aaron Barker, one of our lovely truck drivers is currently headed to Massachusetts transporting a 28′ Chriscraft Catalina 281 . If you see him on the road make sure you honk & wave!
Happy May 1st! Spring is finally here! We assisted with the launch of the floats for Belfast Yacht Club which means the whole harbor will soon be full of them all the way from BYC up to the footbridge! Give us a call to prepare your vessel for the sailing season. We would love to help you out!
We would like to introduce Gracie to our Belmont Boatworks crew! She’s still testing her boundaries in the office but we are confident she will come out on top with her typing skills. 😉 (In case you were trying to keep track…we are now up to 6 dogs here at BBW! Some are more elusive than others…)
We have been plenty busy this winter with all the boats at the shop but we also had the chance to work off-site on some exciting new projects. Owner Dan Miller had the opportunity to spend a few weeks on one and wanted to share his thoughts: The Nexus Bridge is one of my favorite deviations from boat work this winter. We’re working with Hewes & Company in Blue hill, along with Artisan Boatworks in Rockport and Newport Steel to create a pair of flowing foot bridges and a spiral staircase. Their destination is the Waterline Park on the upper west side of Manhattan. There are three high rise buildings being constructed along the East River which share a common atrium that connects them. The atrium is 60’ below grade (50’ below the river), and among other things will serve as the center for the “amenities” of the complex. The first twenty floors of each building are slated for businesses and retail, but from there up are high end condominiums. The condominium owners have most anything they could need within the buildings and the connecting atrium. The list of commodities looks spectacular throughout, but the on premises recording studio takes the cake for me. The central area that connects all of the buildings and underground spaces is a beautiful room that is six stories high and roughly 90’ by 90’. Right now it looks like a very large hole in New York City, but in the renderings we see an incredibly sophisticated and elegant space that is visually focused on our two 90’ long bridges that bisect the room on different floors and opposite axis. The lower one we are currently working on has this beautiful set of spiral stairs that flow from one side. The bridges have S turns and compound curves. They are mostly round when viewed from below with the exception of flats that hide fire suppression systems and long elliptical recesses for lighting. The balustrade waxes and wanes in height and are backed up by a ¾” thick plate glass balustrade to maintain proper code height of 39”. The structure of the things are all steel, but once hardwood cladding, and glass are installed, the walking surface will be clad in stone, and the steel will be completely invisible. The cladding, which is our part, is made of local maple, and stained fairly dark. Once faired it will be completely fiberglassed for dimensional stability and then varnished with gloss varnish. There’s a lot of things about this project that really thrill me, among them the privilege of working with Hewes and Co. Also high on my list is the fact that unless we get a breakwater in Belfast, this may be the only thing I work on right now that will be around in a hundred years. *Layout photos & designs courtesy of Hewes & Company Amenities
Hi Belmont Boatworks Followers! Today we are sharing the floats we are building that will be living in Belfast Harbor. The departments have been hard at work the last few months preparing the plans & constructing them for Spring. We are very proud and can’t wait to see them in action!
Happy (almost) end of February! We were hit with the colds going around this season, but we are back and ready to share posts! (Not the cold…) We hope you are all healthy and getting ready for Spring as we are starting to take turnover/launch & transport requests. If you are looking to set a date, give Molly a call (207) 342-2885, email her firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by to see her. She would love to help you out!
After a nice winter snowstorm, refrigeration usually isn’t the top pick for any contemplative moments. However, we only found it fitting to show off the 12-volt seafrost air-cooled refrigeration system we installed this week in a Nonsuch 30, complete with a new control panel as well.
We have had some beautiful weather during the past few winter weeks and it is customary to perform repairs and maintenance when you have some good decent weather; however, our guys like a bit of a challenge! Today was the perfect day to replace our poor dilapidated mailbox so please enjoy our truck driver, Justin, and our carpenter, John O’Donovan, in the snow with drills.
We have a new supervisor here at BBW. Cassy is officially in charge of the Carpentry Department, making sure John O’Donovan performs his best. She’s one tough cookie in the shop, but she’s really a just-out-of-the-oven softy. We welcome Cassy to the Belmont Boatworks (Dog) Family!
The BBW Mechanic shop has been busy with engine repowers this winter. When your vessel receives a new engine, she also received a new engine panel! This boat is a Morgan 385 which previously had a 1978 Yanmar 3QM30 and we replaced it with a Beta 38 from Beta Marine. If you are thinking about upgrading your current rig, please give us a call at 207-342-2885!
Hi All! Check out the exciting news about one of Educational Passages “Little Boats” finding its way to Scotland from Kennebunk, Maine! Bangor Daily News: After 168 days, Kennebunk school project washes ashore in Scotland These “Little Boats” were made right here at Belmont Boatworks. Take a look at a previous post below. “Little Boats” at Belmont Boatworks We are proud to be a part of this educational program. Great work Kennebunk High School!