Megayachts to 164 feet (50 meters) cruising in Australia have a new option for service and refit. Part of the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera, The Boat Works has opened phase one of its new refit yard, after nine months of construction.
With an overall focus on maintenance and refit, the 55-acre property has been catering to smaller motoryachts, sailing yachts, and multihulls, too. But, it now has more than 538,195 square feet (50,000 square meters) of hard-standing areas and sheds solely for superyachts. Already, a few megayachts have taken advantage of the 15 dedicated slips and the 300-ton lift, the largest one in the Gold Coast. Additionally, yachts to 230 feet (70 meters) can tie up alongside.
One yacht that recently visited is Settlement, a Sunseeker 116 Yacht. Her captain says, “This is next level!” He continues, “I’ve been to most yards in the world, and this is unique. The attention to detail throughout the facility is unlike any other. The staff here have bent over backwards for us. We will be return customers for sure.”
One of the things the captain and crew liked at The Boat Works is the Captains’ Club Lounge. Catering to captains, crew, and even owners, it has conference facilities, computer workstations, and of course refreshments. Glass walls permit the teams to enjoy views of their yachts, too. In addition, The Boat Works lets captains, crew, and project managers tap the expertise of more than 60 yachting businesses on site. For instance, they can renew their licenses through Paradigm Maritime, a crew-training company.
Equally important, the Longhurst family, the owners of The Boat Works, strove for “green” credentials. Plenty of green lawns, palm trees, and even citrus trees frame the property. The roofs of the sheds send rain water into special containers that, in turn, allow reusing the water for washdowns. Furthermore, biogardens line the perimeter, as part of a self-cleaning goal. (Biogardens treat grey water and therefore improve the resulting water that heads back into the surrounding environment.) And, a second solar system should soon complement the existing solar panels.
Tony Longhurst, The Boat Works’ owner, says the recent regulations allowing foreign-flagged superyachts to charter in Australia has resulted in “a surge of positivity” in the marine district. In addition, ongoing dredging of the Coomera Rivera and Gold Coast waterways have his team and others excited about the future.
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