Superyacht hub expansion

Gold Coast mayor cuts the ribbon on world-class superyacht yard, boosting business and refit capacity for the region.

17 July 2020


There’s no slowing down the expansion at The Boat Works.

Since the February completion of the $100 million superyacht yard, positive demand has driven the start of Stage 3 of the superyacht service facility, with everything on track to commence in August. Completion is forecast by the end of 2020 in time for the peak summer season.

Stage 3 is a $30-million development consisting of an additional 10,000 square metres of purpose-built marine workshops and retail facilities to complement the existing superyacht yard expansion.

An additional 12 marine service workshops will occupy a 5,000-square-metre hub that includes marine retail showrooms, facilitating a range of marine professions such as Engineering, Fabrication and Refinishing works, and Custom Marine Trimmers.

Creating 250 new jobs, this will boost the number of trades and marine professionals on site to over 1,000 on any given day.


The other 5,000 square metres will comprise four new high-bay Super Sheds for specific controlled work environments for larger vessels.

An expansive, dedicated sandblast bay with unlimited height options to accommodate vessels up to 55 metres in length will complement the existing array of controlled works environments on offer.

“We have fast-tracked Stage 3 due to demand following the new superyacht yard, which officially opened in February and has been operating at capacity since May,” explains Shane Subichin, General Manager at The Boat Works.

Since opening just five months ago, the new yard has proven popular with the region’s superyachts, both privately owned and commercial vessels, many of which took advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions to undertake refit works and routine maintenance.

Mayor Tom Tate and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony with owner Tony Longhurst.

Over the last 40 years, the Longhurst family has committed to major investments within the Coomera precinct. The success of Dreamworld and The Boat Works marine facility in the Gold Coast Marine Precinct has created numerous jobs.

The City’s Mayor commented: “It’s exciting to be here to see this dream realised. Our marine sector is going ahead in leaps and bounds, and it is exciting to see a Gold Coast company like The Boat Works continue to prosper, expand and create jobs during these difficult times.”

Today, the entire facility occupies 55 acres. It is the largest in the southern hemisphere, with 60-plus marine businesses on site and, with 300-tonne capacity, the Gold Coast’s largest ship lift. The Boat Works is a vibrant, evolving community at the heart of the Coomera Marine Precinct and a proud contributor to the burgeoning economy of south-east Queensland.

“Our tenants and contractors have been kept consistently busy since the yard opened and many of them, and some new businesses, require additional space to keep pace with demand,” said Shane Subichin.

“The Boat Works is renowned as arguably the cleanest and most environmentally friendly shipyard facility in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Stage 3 will enhance The Boat Works’ offering and cement it as the most comprehensive marine refit and maintenance yard anywhere.”



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