Faster boat movements for dry sailing fleets

Cowes Yacht Haven is continuing to advance its improvement programme to reflect its position as the premier venue for the country’s top dry sailing race fleets, with the installation of a new 50 ton hoist and 25 ton boat moving vehicle.

The Wise hoist is capable of lifting yachts up to 4.8 metre beam. The hoist dock itself has undergone modifications to accommodate this new larger hoist which include new steel reinforcing structures and a levelling of the surrounding dock surface.

Jon Pridham, Managing Director at Cowes Yacht Haven, explains: “The combination of the two new machines has just halved the time that it takes us to launch each vessel, a huge benefit during the busy pre-weekend and pre-regatta race periods for the Fast 40s, Etchells, Quarter Tonners, International Dragons, RS Elites and IRC class boats which dry sail from our central Cowes marina.”

The new investment is part of an ongoing programme of refurbishment that Cowes Yacht Haven is undertaking for Dry Sailing customers, which additionally includes the provision of new containers used for onshore storage.

The improvements to the Dry Sailing facility are just part of a wider programme of refurbishment which is taking place prior to Spring 2018, as Cowes Yacht Haven prepares for another busy season of welcoming visiting yachts from all over Europe and beyond. Visitors and competitors are attracted to the marina’s proximity to all the facilities in Cowes and regatta start lines, as well as its central Solent location that makes it a gateway to Britain’s most popular cruising area accessing the southern coast of the UK, the Channel Islands, France, The Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

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