US yacht-builder Hodgdon Yachts has announced the launch of Hodgdon Yacht Services, a new services division aiming for a significant expansion into both the yacht and leisure boat service and refit sectors.
The move follows Hodgdon’s recent merger of Boothbay Region Boatyard in Southport and Wotton’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor with its existing shipyard in East Boothbay.
As a result, the company now operates facilities in three locations in the Boothbay region of Maine. Hodgdon officially merged Boothbay Region Boatyard and Wotton’s Wharf into Hodgdon Yacht Services on June 1, 2014.
Hodgdon CEO Timothy Hodgdon comments: “We are pleased to continue growing the business as we approach our 200th anniversary, a milestone we will celebrate in 2016. This new division perfectly complements Hodgdon’s world-renowned custom boatbuilding, custom superyacht tenders, interiors and defence divisions.”
Hodgdon Yacht Services will provide maintenance, repair and refit services for recreational boats, yachts and superyachts. It will also provide storage and dockage at its Southport boatyard.
Sandy Spaulding, former president of Hinckley Yachts and Hodgdon Yachts’ senior business advisor, has been named president of the new division. Matt Elder, a former partner in Sea Marine of Port Townsend, Washington, has taken the role of general manager.
The Southport boatyard can lift boats of up to 50 tonnes and 19m (65ft) in length. The new division also offers railway-lifting capacity for superyachts up to 400 tonnes and 60m (196ft) in length at its East Boothbay shipyard.
Recent projects at the East Boothbay shipyard include refits of a 138ft schooner and an 83ft traditional yacht, as well as a refit of an 82ft motoryacht with an ultra-lightweight interior. Both yards are supported by Hodgdon’s in-house advanced composite structural and systems engineering as well as its interiors division.
Hodgdon’s newly acquired marina in Boothbay Harbor, known locally as Wotton’s Wharf, has more than 750ft of linear dock space and a face dock of 500ft.
With the addition of approximately 30 service sector professionals from Boothbay Region Boatyard, Hodgdon now employs approximately 150 people in midcoast Maine, making it one of the largest employers in the Boothbay region.