130-foot yacht awaits work at Front Street Shipyard

Yacht ‘Mia Cara’ dwarfs other vessels in Belfast Harbor

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 7:00pm

BELFAST — It’s hard to miss the towering mast over a vessel that has been tied up at Belfast Landing for over a week, a mast that is over 100 feet tall and topped with an unidentified burgee.

A burgee is a typically triangular flag featuring the colors or emblem of a specific sailing club. 

The Mia Cara, which began its journey in Lunenburg, Canada, Sept. 4, arrived in Belfast around Sept. 12, according to Belfast Harbor Master Kathy Pickering. The yacht, which is 127.95 feet in length, is in the area awaiting work at Front Street Shipyard, though Pickering was unaware of the nature of the work to be done.

The yacht was formerly known as Ganesha.

Home-ported in Jamaica, the yacht was built by New Zealand company Fitzroy and delivered to her owner in 2006. The vessel was last refitted in 2011.

The mast of the boat is easily visible from the top of the Main Street hill downtown, with a steady stream of admirers making their way to the docks to crane their necks toward the top, with many struggling to find an angle on their phones that could capture the yacht’s impressive stature.

The yacht, which can accommodate eight guests overnight, features four cabins, along with space for up to eight crew members. It is reportedly available for charter starting at roughly $88,000 per week.

Maximum speed for the vessel is 12.8 knots, which boasts a 700 horsepower Caterpilla engine. Cruising speed is 12 knots.


*An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the vessel’s starting location. The story has been corrected.

Erica Thoms can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com