O'Hara seeks variance for waterfront building project

Longtime waterfront business to partner with Sabre Yachts
By Daniel Dunkle | Feb 19, 2014

Rockland — O'Hara Corporation is seeking a variance from the city Zoning Board of Appeals to replace a building used for boat repair and storage on the waterfront at Tillson Avenue.

It is also partnering with Sabre Yachts to paint and do commissioning work on the new and largest model of Sabre Yacht, which will be built at the Back Cove Yachts facility in the industrial park.

In documents on file at city hall, O'Hara explains it needs the variance on the flood zone requirement that buildings be elevated to avoid flood damage. Since the building will be used as part of Journey's End Marina, it needs to be lower to provide access for the 75-ton travel lift used to move the boats, and trailers at the facility.

"The intended use of the building includes loading and unloading of passengers and cargo along with ship building and repair," the document states.

"Over the last 40 years, the operation of the O'Hara Corporation has shifted from fish processing and ice freezing to a marina," the company explained in the document.

O'Hara is planning to use the new building to paint the hulls and complete commission work on 66-foot Sabre Yachts, which can then be delivered by sea at Journey's End, according to Sabre Vice President of Marketing and Sales Bentley Collins. Commission work includes installing navigational electronics and readying systems on the boat for operation on the water, he said.

Collins said the two companies have a wonderful partnership. Sabre and Back Cove Yachts have been using O'Hara's trucking service to deliver vessels to customers. He said this is another opportunity to work with a local yard.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 122 or ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.


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