Hodgdon Yachts, founded nearly 200 years ago as Hodgdon Shipbuilding, launched its first craft, a 42-foot schooner named Superb, in 1816. Since then the company has built more than 400 vessels contracted with top designers, such as Alden, Burgess, Sparkman & Stephens and Ted Fontaine. Hodgdon s construction method is known as cold-molded wood epoxy and blends the skills of traditional boat building with modern construction techniques and materials. Its yachts are built with wood, composites, epoxy and vacuum bagged to form a strong, stiff hull. Hodgdon has expanded its facilities several times over the years as it continues to sign contracts for larger vessels. It expanded its facilities to 55,000 square feet in 2002 when it signed the contract for the Schererazade, a 154-foot racing yacht.