Tag: Front Street Shipyard

A February 2020 Birds-Eye View of the ‘Sunbeam’

BELFAST, ME — Mission Communications Associate Hunter Billings was at Front Street Shipyard, Belfast, ME with Sunbeam Captain Mike Johnson. The two men went on a Sunbeam “walk through,” with Mike Johnson narrating current aspects of the boat’s routine major refit, while Hunter caught it all on video and digital photographs. Their goal? To produce…

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‘Sunbeam’ Updater – Prepping and Sandblasting

BELFAST, ME — Thank you again, Front Street Shipyard, for these photos of the Sunbeam refit. The top photo, posted Feb. 4, shows a craftsman “prepping to reinstall the soft patch” in the boat. The second photo, posted Feb. 5, shows “sandblasting the forward main deck” on the Sunbeam. Amazing work.

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New Generators Ensure a Quieter, More Efficient ‘Sunbeam’

BELFAST, ME — “The new Northern Lights Generators were hoisted into the Sunbeam engine room on Wednesday, February 5. These will be a big improvement over the removed units. They are more fuel efficient and have an insulated sound enclosure (not installed yet) that will considerably reduce the noise in the Sunbeam living area,” said…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Update – Pilothouse Nearing Completion

BELFAST, ME — Earlier this month, on a video-conference with Mission Administrators, Program Directors, Program Managers, and others, Sunbeam V Captain Mike Johnson said he is pleased with the way in which the Sunbeam pilothouse — his office on the water — is coming together. The first photo of the pilothouse during the Sunbeam refit…

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Shipyard’s Skilled Carpenters Tackle ‘Sunbeam V’ Pilothouse Reconstruction

BELFAST, ME — Front Street Shipyard carpenters Kirk Ryder (left) and Peter Lewis (right) are responsible for much of the reconstruction of the Sunbeam V pilothouse. Marine carpentry is challenging. Hardly anything is square or level. Multiple compound angles would baffle even the most handy of us. Not only are these carpenters skilled, but they…

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What to Expect When ‘Sunbeam V’ Returns to Service

BAR HARBOR, ME — Here are some of the highlights of what we expect when our mighty vessel, Sunbeam V, is back in service: Modernized navigational suite including automatic identification (tracking) system (AIS), a more powerful radar, and better chart plotter functions. Quieter and more fuel-efficient generators. Sound attenuation technologies on engine room bulkhead to…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Refit Coming Along Nicely

Thank you, Front Street Shipyard, for this 12/23 photo captioned, “Progress on the lower deck in SUNBEAM.” The refitting of the Mission’s boat is looking very good. Learn all about the Sunbeam V crew’s work among communities on Maine unbridged islands.

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Old ‘Sunbeam V’ Looking More Like New ‘Sunbeam V’

BELFAST, ME — Captain Mike Johnson sent these captioned Sunbeam V refit photos. On a Mission video-conference several days earlier, Capt. Mike told the Mission team the refit was at a point where, for the first time, viewers could tell what the boat will look like finished. Now, with these photos in hand, we see…

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