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Step into the Hodgdon 128’ Antonisa, a highly crafted vessel

Published in Navis April / May 2012
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The Antonisa, a 124-foot yacht made by Hodgdon Yachts, represents some of the finest craftsmanship in the United States. Built through a collaboration of naval architect Bruce King and interior decorator Cecilia Castoldi, Antonisa combines innovative engineering with beautiful aesthetics. The yacht was built in East Boothbay, Maine for her European owner. At 124 feet, Antonisa offers plenty of interior and exterior space. As many as eight guests can ride comfortably with a crew of six. The boat's exterior offers enough room for sunbathing, fishing, and enjoying the wonderful surroundings. While she does not have an extensive system of exterior decks for parties and sporting activities, Antonisa has a remarkable interior that makes guests know they have stepped into a highly crafted vessel.

Below deck, elliptical skylights fill rooms with natural light. Guests looking up to the ceiling might feel that they have stepped back into the 20th century. As soon as they look away from the skylights, though, they have to recognize that they are in a yacht that only the 21st century could produce. The lounge area not only has comfortable couches, but also a working fireplace. That's a feature that few 20th centuries yacht designers could have envisioned. This fireplace, however, is completely safe. There is virtually no chance that an escaped ember would spark a flame anywhere outside of the hearth.

The main dining area shares a large space with the lounge. It features elegant wood trim and recessed lighting. It also has a large table that can seat up to eight guests. This makes it easy for the owner to invite friends and relatives for short and long journeys on the water.

Guests also have comfortable accommodations aboard Antonisa. The vessel's quarters feature luxurious beds, seating, and head facilities. They also get natural and recessed lighting that brings out the beauty of each room's wooden interior. There is even a wooden bathtub where the owner can soak away any stress or relax while enjoying a good book. Of course, he could also allow his guests to soak in the tub. Chances are that they behave themselves to increase the chances that they will get to enjoy such a privilege.

Antonisa has a full kitchen for preparing meals and keeping foods fresh. A delightful wooden counter offers plenty of space for chopping ingredients. Whether the owner chooses to cook for the guests or bring along a chef, this kitchen has the right tools for a gourmet meal.

Antonisa also has an inner beauty that naval architects and engineers will immediately appreciate. A wood and epoxy hull makes Antonisa light for her size. Aluminum honeycomb composite and carbon-fiber materials also make her extremely buoyant without adding a lot of unnecessary weight. Bruce King's talent certainly comes through in Antonisa. She can safely float in any weather condition, making her a relaxing vessel that allows the owner and his guests to visit just about any location in the world.

Antonisia represents a stunning achievement in aesthetic design and naval architecture. This makes her one of the most attractive, useful superyachts ever built in the United States.

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Hodgdon Yachts

hodgdon-scheherazade2Our goal at Hodgdon Yachts is to build the world's best sailing or motor yacht. It's that simple. And to us, building a world-class yacht is measured in how well design and aesthetics are balanced with practical issues of engineering and performance. Hodgdon vessels have earned the reputation of "heirloom boat" for more than their extraordinary looks. They also stand the test of time. At the foundation of every sailing and motor vessel we build, you'll find a consummate team of craftsmen, the industry's most advanced construction technology and a passion for excellence. It's the way we've built boats for nearly two centuries.

Our East Boothbay facility has three building halls with over 55,000 sq. ft. of construction, finish, and office space. Our main building hall includes 20,000 sq. ft. of production space with a 300 ton marine railway allowing a yacht to be hauled or launched directly into the deep waters of the Damariscotta River.

While we may have our roots in 200 years of boatbuilding tradition, we earned our way into the 21st Century with innovation. Today Hodgdon is a leader in high tech composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. This East Boothbay, Maine Company’s diversification includes high end superyacht interiors, custom sail and power superyacht construction, military and government contracting, superyacht refits and custom yacht tenders. Founded in 1816, Hodgdon is a fifth generation family run company still located in the heart of Maine’s famed Boothbay Region. Among some of Hodgdon’s more notable contributions to yachting in the last few decades are: ANTONISA (124’) SCHEHERAZADE (154’) AND LIBERTY (80’).

Composite construction

Timothy Hodgdon and his talented workforce have built some of the finest composite yachts in the world using wood, carbon fiber, and epoxy. Since 2006 Hodgdon Yachts has advanced its composite construction by emphasizing the use of high tech fabrics and high-­‐density foam in their vessels. Combining advanced composite construction with our high standards of systems installation and joinery work, Hodgdon Yachts remains the premier American builder of hodgdon-scheherazadeinnovative and high quality vessels. We invite you to visit our yard and see for yourself the high standards, commitment to excellence and innovation that is the mission of Hodgdon Yachts.

Cold molding

For a fast cruising yacht cold molded construction is one of the best ways to build a hull.Cold molded hulls are strong, remarkably stiff, quiet, long lived and green. We believe the method yields the finest yacht. Laminated fir frames and floors bonded to a laminated hull create a monocoque structure that easily handles the dynamic loads of a yacht. In addition to our yachts LIBERTY, ANTONISA, SCHEHEREZADE, WINDCREST the legendary yachts RAGTIME (1964), WINDWARD PASSAGE (1968) and WHITEHAWK (1978) are testaments to the longevity and pedigree of cold molded construction. The link answers many technical questions about the construction method.

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