Kevin Keith and Lester Miller formed Newcastle Marine Inc. in 1999 to build high quality, ocean-going motoryachts. With a shipyard in Palm Coast, Fla., that can handle vessels up to 200 feet in length, Newcastle first launched an expedition-type yacht in 2001, the 102-foot “Newcastle Explorer,” as a move to begin satisfying a growing worldwide demand for this type of yacht. Other major launches included the 125-foot “Newcastle Voyager” in 2003 and the 137-foot “True North.”
In 2006, Newcastle combined talents with Keith Marine in Palatka, Fla., to form Newcastle Shipyards LLC. Keith Marine was known for casino and dinner-boat vessels and for the Keith family’s first yacht “Contico” (now “Blue Star”), a 147-footer that has traversed the world four times on its own bottom. The combination of the two companies and their two facilities enables the company to continue expanding its offerings. Newcastle currently features an Expedition Series including the Expedition 102, Expedition 125, and Expedition 137.
In 2011, Newcastle splashed its largest megayacht to date, “Harbour Island,” which was hull number one of the Newcastle 5500 series. Her styling and naval architecture were by Murray & Associates featuring two master suites, one located forward on the main deck and the other one deck higher. The sky lounge ceilings provide volume at 12 feet high. At 180 feet, she boasts a teak-lined garage that easily transitions to a beach club when the tenders are offloaded and an infinity pool aft on the top deck.
Currently in production is the expedition yacht “Chuggaboom” at 117 feet with a 37-foot beam. A research Vessel yacht from notable design studio Vripack made for exploring remote locations around the world. Built for motorbike enthusiasts, her tender will have special ramps built in so that transporting the bikes will be a breeze, and the vessel will contain a special maintenance shop in the bikes’ garage. The master stateroom has its own deck with all-around views and observation lounge forward. Delivery is expected in 2013.”