The second fall season of business has begun at Maine-based Front Street Shipyard, and with it the haul-out of a rugged megayacht.
Those of you who are familiar with the Doggersbank yachts may recognize the yacht shown. She’s Tivoli, built in 2001 (by Proteksan Turquoise) and refitted in 2008. Tivoli measures a little more than 90 feet LOA (27.6 meters) and draws 7 feet (2.13 meters), bearing a steel hull. Like other Doggersbanks, Tivoli was intended for intrepid globetrotting, boasting an amazing 9,000-mile cruising range at 9 knots. Top speed is a leisurely 12 knots.
That intrepid spirit of adventure should be put to good use during her upcoming charter season in the South Pacific, her first time being available in that region. In preparation, the owner wanted Tivoli checked out and spruced up. Being familiar with the region where Front Street Shipyard is played a key role in the decision to take her there. More important, though, was Front Street Shipyard’s ability to use a TraveLift to haul his yacht. Other facilities in the region had marine railways, which don’t provide as simple a process.
Not to say that hauling megayachts is easy. If you’ve never seen the procedure, it’s akin to a carefully choreographed dance. This video takes you through Tivoli’s travels from water to land, with commentary by both her owner as well as JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard.