The Boat Works adds Expansion Lift

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.

15 May 2022


The new 90-tonne lift is 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 company’s dry berthing and out-of-water capacity is the largest in the southern hemisphere, and ever-growing to keep pace with demand.

Operating two world-class yards, the aim is to maximise the overall facilities’ footprint and increase capacity for additional vessels.


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 demands and is investing in the 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 the slightly larger one at Port Navy Service in France.

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