Australian shipyard welcomes new 90-tonne expandable travel lift

The Boat Works marina and refit yard Australia

Australia-based shipyard and marina facility The Boat Works has taken delivery of a new 90-tonne expandable travel lift from Boat Lift in Italy. The yard says it is the first boat yard in the southern hemisphere to operate a lift of this kind.

The Boat Works now has five machines operating over both yards, lifting every type of vessel up to 300-tonnes. The new lift coincides with the fifth phase of its ongoing development plan, which has seen the North superyacht yard double in size.

“To keep pace with demand, we decided to invest in this variable width, all-wheel drive machine,” says The Boat Works owner Tony Longhurst. “It has an adjustable beam width narrowing the vessels footprint from 8m down to 5.5m allowing the team to maximise the vessel set down footprint. This is brilliant for boat storage as we can go narrow for the narrower runways and use it for packing boats in tight spots.”

Boat Lift Italy and The Boat Works Crew 230523

The machine boasts unique Dynamic Steering Control (DSC), which its manufacturer defines as ‘allowing seamless transfer between four modes with infinite adjustment between each to allow progressive adjustment of the radius of rotation.’

The new 90-tonne travel lift will be ready to haul out boats in June 2023.

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