Record lift

The Boat Works has set a record for the heaviest vessel to be hauled out of water on the Gold Coast – the 292-tonne, 150-foot (45.7-metre) Benetti superyacht, Mistress.

25 November 2021


Despite the inclement conditions, The Boat Works’ team took just two hours to lift the vessel out of the Coomera River to the hardstand where Mistress will undergo a brief period of maintenance.

“This is an historic milestone for The Boat Works and the Gold Coast,” says Shane Subichin, General Manager at The Boat Works.

“Our 300-tonne lift we call Rhino has proven itself a very versatile machine that can adapt to any vessel.”

Vessels of this size contribute millions of dollars to the economies of the ports they visit each year, for both maintenance and pleasure. Not only do they spend with trades and marine enterprises, but with local businesses as diverse as specialist suppliers in food and beverage, florists, furniture stores and tourism operators.

David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia took a recent tour of The Boat Works and says, “What impresses me most is the number of utility vehicles and people crowded around each and every vessel.


“It’s one thing to build infrastructure, but it’s incredible to see how many people are employed by each of these big boats in every shed – trades people, deliveries – and these are all individual businesses, not big corporations.”

Good adds. “The arrival of both new vessels and returning vessels that Australians have bought from overseas or are bringing their own boats back will continue.”

Shane concurs: “There’s increasing demand from larger vessels that are rising in number in our region. The influx in supply has welcomed additional major marine infrastructure with construction is under way on Stage 4 of The Boat Works, which comprises four 20-metre-high sheds to accommodate these massive, tri-deck and flybridge motor yachts, both commercial and privately-owned. They will be ready to welcome visiting yachts in first quarter 2022.”

As Shane reports, the captain and crew aboard Mistress were impressed by The Boat Works’ team’s precision handling of the vessel, attentive service and the facilities, including the bespoke Captains’ Lounge.

From his vantage point, the owner watched his multi-million-dollar superyacht eased into the facility. He reportedly admired how cleanliness and efficiency, the point of difference of the facilities, along with the work ethic at The Boat Works.

“The Gold Coast is a magnet for visiting superyachts and cruising vessels,” adds Shane. “It’s not only the perfect boating destination, its refit and service facilities are second to none in the Asia-Pacific region. The Coomera Marine Precinct is the hub for hundreds of manufacturers, boat dealers, skilled trades and specialist marine professionals.”

Also new in the past weeks is a dedicated 5,000-square-metres of hardstand for the cruising community, which will accommodate up to 16 cruising catamarans and monohulls.

This workspace is ideal for cruising yacht owners to undertake their own antifoul and refit work, gathering with like-minded sailors and complete with a liveaboard lounge, ensuites, free laundry and even a courtesy car.

“It’s the ideal ‘Cruising HQ’ for cruising customers who can meet others from around the region and the world, take advantage of the fresh produce growing on-site, bathrooms, laundry, the Super Chandlery and access to all the trades and resources in the Marine Precinct,” says Shane.



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