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

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.
“There’s increasing demand from larger vessels which are rising in number in our region. The influx in supply has welcomed additional major marine infrastructure with construction is underway on Stage 4 of The Boat Works which comprises of 4 x 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 abord “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 in to 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 repaid 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.