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Another milestone at Rockport Marine as the Friendship 36 hull is succesfully flipped over - revealing a great view of the wood planking and interior structure. The first view of the hull proves this is going to be another beauty from the Friendship Yacht Company.
My Wooden Boat of the Week: Pretty As a Picture & SO Lovely. The New Friendship 36
Yet another reason for me to play the lottery…
I visited Rockport Marine the other day. They had just begun work on this new Friendship 36, designed by Ted Fontaine and his crew at the Fontaine Design Group.
Friendship 36, a 36' shoal draft centerboard cruising sloop is under Construction at Rockport Marine.
Newest in the successful line of Friendship yachts, the Friendship 36 is designed to specifications by a current Friendship 40 owner. The client asked for a yacht with the same level of quality, fit and finish of his current Friendship 40 (that draws a mere 3’11”) the now 36 will have a draft of 32” so that he may berth it in the shallows of Moriches Bay on Long Island.
Great Racing and Bright Sunshine at the Newport Bucket Regatta
Newport RI – Seventeen spectacular yachts competed for Bucket honors under sunny Newport skies. Blessed with beautiful New England weather, well sailed races were completed on each of the regatta days. The winds were light and challenging but the yachts all rose to the challenge.
Following 3 days of classic Caribbean competing, the 30.2m (98´) sailing yacht WINDCREST launched in 2006 by the well known US builder Hodgdon Yachts, placed 3rd in the Elegantes class as well as 3rd overall in the largest St. Barth’s Bucket fleet of 47 superyachts. The Ted Fontaine designed WINDCREST superyacht finished 22nd on day 1, 2nd on day 2 and 3rd on day 3 for a 3rd place out of 13 and an excellent 4th overall out of 47.
Hodgdon Yachts welcomed over 250 big boat racing sailors and their guests at the opening event of Shipyard Cup IX. In the relaxed Maine style, the Shipyard Cup final line-up included sailing yacht VIRAGO, (100′) S/Y ISOBEL (76′) superyacht CHRISTOPHER (150′) yacht WHITEHAWK (92) TENACIOUS sailing yacht (115′) sailing yacht WHISPER (116′) SUMURUN (94′) and S/Y SCHEHERAZADE (154′).
Winner - “Best sailing Yacht Under 40M”, Whisper, The Showboats Award, 2004
Winner - “Best Sail 23-36M”, Paraiso, International Superyacht Design Award, 2004
Finalist - "Best Sailing Yacht 30M to 44M", Windcrest, Boat International World Superyacht Awards - 2007
The latest collaborative project from Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor, Maine is the 57-foot sailboat Circe. The designing and building of this boat was the result of a group effort by the yacht's owners, designers and builders. The Fontaine Design Group of Portsmouth, RI, drew the elegant plans for the offshore pilothouse sloop, which is vaguely reminiscent of an earlier Fontaine design, Amelia3.
Judging only by the list of his award-winning yacht designs – which include Pamina, Anakena, Surama, Paraiso and many more – one might expect Ted Fontaine to be a distinguished, silver-haired gentleman ready to rest on his laurels and accolades. To the contrary, despite his close to 30 years at the top of the yacht design game, Fontaine is an eternally smiling, tanned, shorts-sporting and youthful fellow who looks much more like a casual sailing yacht captain than a captain of industry who just so happens to love what he does for a living.
The 112-foot world traveler Pamina is as amazing as her surroundings. Conceived by her owner, Bernie Gustin, drawn by Ted Fontaine of the Ted Hood Yacht Design Group and built in Holland by Royal Huisman, Pamina is named for the heroine in Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute." She's the daughter of the Queen of the Night, magically beautiful and always truthful, as is her namesake yacht. This boat is big, superbly finished inside and out, insanely comfortable below decks and a joy to drive. Her design is a timeless blend of traditional lines above the water and modern thinking below. Although she's smaller than a J-Class yacht from the 1930s, she is nearly equal in style and impact, even to casual observers.