A Rhode Island yacht company is relocating to the new Front Street Shipyard facility in Belfast. Carbon Ocean Yachts, which makes carbon fiber yachts, and Front Street Shipyard will work together to build lightweight performance yachts, according to a press release.
Carbon Ocean Yachts will remain an independent company and its founders, Brian Benjamin, Britt Colombo and Toby Mueller, will retain ownership and continue to manage it. "We're excited by the new possibilities that will exist by integrating Carbon Ocean Yachts into Front Street Shipyard," Front Street Shipyard President J.B. Turner said in the release. Carbon Yachts' Colombo said the company chose to relocate from Bristol, R.I., to have more space to accommodate future projects. According to the Bangor Daily News, Carbon Ocean Yachts' four or five employees will join Front Street's 68 employees.
Established last year at the site of the former Stinson Seafood cannery, Front Street Shipyard is a boatbuilding, repair, service and storage facility. The company is looking to add another building to the site this spring if it wins city approval, according to VillageSoup.