Did you think we just transported boats over the road? We were asked to deliver a Nordhavn 46 from Stonington, CT to Portland, ME and sent two of our finest on their way to complete the task. Dan Miller and Aaron Barker were the lucky ones to pilot this beautiful boat back to Maine and enjoy a sunset or two along the way!
We here at Belmont Boatworks are engaged in an effort to improve the quality of the care we give to our customers’ boats. We feel we should be more helpful and pro-active in is making suggestions that may improve our customers’ safety and enjoyment. To this end, we have begun a program of quick, free, routine inspections that take place whenever a boat is released into our care, if circumstances & time permit. This is not a survey and we don’t promise to find every flaw—it is just a brief look at typical problem areas. If we find anything we think you might like to have attended to, we will report it to you for your consideration. In some cases we may provide an estimate, and in others we may send a list from which you can request estimates if you wish.
Obviously we expect this routine to generate some more winter work for us but we also want to find any problems early before they become last-minute work that could delay your launch in the spring, or which could cost you sailing time during our all-too-brief season. Of course you may choose to attend to any such items yourself, in which case we figure the inspection has still served. We also intend to do more follow-up in the spring, making another quick check just before turning each boat over to her owner, in an effort to ensure that the boat reflects well upon the yard and is truly ready for use. Again, this will be a no-charge item.
Your comments and suggestions about this initiative and any other ways we can improve our quality of service are very welcome.
Hello all… with the help of community volunteer extraordinaire big Dan Miller and his son Henry Miller on controls of the Belmont Boatworks boom truck, the big stone is in place. We will attempt to split it. I am told by a stone mason supreme this stone may split or it may shatter in weird ways. We shall see. I will pre-drill the holes this week. We will start splitting it at about 12 PM on August 12. There’s no formality to this. We will be improvising. See you at the upper bridge where it meets the rail trail along outer High street. There is a parking lot. It’s about 1/3 mile past Belfast Variety as you come down the hill towards the river. See you Sunday. – Mike Hurley
Check out our new FOR SALE page on the Belmont Boatworks website! We will be posting all boats for sale around the yard and other nautical items that our customers wish to sell. We get many inquiries a day and we feel this will be an added convenience to all! If you have something to sell, let us know and we can put it up for you.
**We will never give out the seller’s information on our website and we will forward the buyer submitted contact info so the seller can contact the buyer. **
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
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.