New ship lift en route to Gold Coast shipyard

The Boat Works is set to welcome a new ship lift, the Italian-built BL90 Telescopic Boat Lift, the first of its kind in Australia.

The BL90 represents the latest in boat lift ingenuity with several unique features allowing for versatile options for set down including a hydraulic cross beam that enlarges or decreases the overall machines footprint to suit, maximising the set down footprint.

Mechanical pivoting and all-wheel 90-degree steering allow the boat lift to spin 360 degrees on the spot and ‘walk’ sideways – ideal for adapting to wide and narrow boats and for parking in tight places.

With over 500 storage and maintenance spaces ashore, The Boat Works’ dry berthing and out of water capacity is the largest in the southern hemisphere, and ever-growing to keep pace with demand.

Aerial shot of The Boat Works.
The Boat Works.

Operating two world class yards, the aim is to maximise the overall footprint and increase capacity for additional vessels. Whether your preference is sailing or racing monohulls, catamarans, trimarans or cruiser through to motor yachts and superyachts, The Boat Works has the equipment and expertise to get the job done.

Richard Williams from Boat Lift Meridian Projects said, “Australia is following the trend in Europe where the mix of boats is changing to wider boats including catamarans.

“Shipyards need to adapt to lift this mix and still be able to park monohull boats efficiently on their hardstand without losing space. This machine allows The Boat Works to achieve this flexibility across their site.”

Shane Subichin, General Manager at The Boat Works said the facility has evolved in response to ever-increasing demand and is investing in the proven equipment to stay ahead and provide the best service to customers.

“We are seeing a marked increase in vessels cruising the east coast and stopping at The Boat Works for service and refit work. The new boat lift has so many applications because of its variable widths and gives us the greatest number of lifting options of any yard in Australia to make every haul out safe and seamless.”

The new machine follows closely in style of this slightly larger one at Port Navy Service in France: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCokE3MmNlZcwxIC2pf1Pp2g

For more on The Boat Works, see: www.theboatworks.com.au

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