Yacht Spotting and New Launches

22 Aug

Newcastle Shipyards Announces the Launch of the 54.9m (180’) Harbour Island

Newcastle Shipyards, LLC (Newcastle) is proud to announce the successful launch of its largest build-to-date, M/Y Harbour Island. Under the glow of a full moon, Harbour Island entered the water to the roar of cheers from the employees and spectators. Hull One of the Newcastle 5500 Series will spend a few weeks in St. Augustine for dock tests and sea trials before heading south to Rybovich Super Yacht Marina and Refit. Harbour Island will make her world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October.

The Newcastle 5500 is a six-stateroom custom yacht featuring two king master suites—main deck and skylounge deck forward—and a VIP king guest suite below. Additional amenities include the infinity pool on the split-level sundeck, the raised “veranda” on the main aft deck and expansive built-in seating area aft of the alfresco dining on the skylounge aft deck. Tenders and toys are stowed in the stern garage leaving the spacious exterior decks uncluttered. The Newcastle 5500 is built to ABS Maltese Cross A1 YS, AMS, is MCA
compliant and has trans-Pacific range.
Kevin Keith, owner of Newcastle states, “We are excited to see our largest yacht to date near completion. Harbour Island begins a new chapter in the history of Newcastle Shipyards as we look to build superior yachts for the most discerning owners.

About Newcastle Shipyards
Newcastle, located in Palm Coast and Palatka, Florida, USA, was formed in 1999 and has delivered several yachts through the years. With the ability to build yachts over 200’ in length, Newcastle currently has a 129’ ice strengthened Expedition style yacht, a 149’ Expedition yacht, and a 177’ ice strengthened Expedition motoryacht under construction. When the Newcastle 5500 is delivered, she will be the 9th largest superyacht built in the United States in the last 50 years. For more information:

About the M/Y Harbour Island
At 910 gross tons, the Newcastle 5500 is the largest volume 180’ yacht on the market today. With exterior styling and engineering by Murray and Associates and interior design by Claudette Bonville Associates, she is a timeless example of elegance and style. IYC is the worldwide Central Agent for the Harbour Island, as well as offering the yacht for select charters in the Caribbean for the winter season and the Mediterranean for summer 2012. For more information: or

Shipyards, LLC
Keith, (386)

International Yacht Collection, LLC:
Elliott, (305)
Kevin Bonnie, 377 97 98 2424,

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