by Dom Wiseman

The Boat Works are set to build on the increasing boat traffic and travellers to the east coast with the country’s first Dry Marina being built on the adjacent site to its current facility. This will double its current footprint to 43 hectares.

The facility is being built to accommodate the increasing number of vessels, including large monohulls and multihulls, cruising the east coast annually. The facility will be large and able to accommodate up to 150 boats. The out-of-water storage cater to vessels from 25 to 65ft. The entire dry storage area will be built in a dedicated fully-secure fenced precinct with state of the art CCTV and caretaker.

According to General Manager, Shane Subichin, the new Dry Marina will provide “peace of mind for owners in with it being a safe haven from the elements”.

Mr Subichin said the expansion works now underway are in response to an influx of transient boats and visiting international yachties who are looking for a safe haven to store their vessels.

“With the commitment from the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to dredge the Coomera River, owners of keeled vessels can be confident they can head up the River in any tide to access the Gold Coast Marine Precinct and all the services they require, including storage, much more cost-effectively than elsewhere on the east coast.

“We believe the approach of ‘why moor it when you can store it?’ will appeal to owners who would prefer to keep their boats dry and protected while they’re not in use. It will eliminate the need for many forms of maintenance which arise from sitting in saltwater, minimising the need for regular checking of the boat, he said.

“Another advantage is your insurance premium. Some insurers offer ‘Lay Up cover’ that may mean you save on your insurance with dry storage while your boat is not in use.”

The Boat Works July 2018 43 acre site - WebThe exclusive storage area will allow clean works with boat owners having full access to power and water on-site. Trades too can be organised to service and check stored vessels and wash down your boat.

All customers at The Boat Works are able to use the free services such as courtesy cars, ensuites, laundry, barbecues, the Bridgedeck Lounge with office and communications equipment, and barbeque on the water’s edge.

Underway on the new northern site is the first stage of an additional refit facility, 50-berth marina and boutiques, restaurants and offices lining the waterfront.

The Boat Works is an easy 50-minute drive to Brisbane International Airport, 40 minutes to Coolangatta Airport, 30 minutes to Surfers paradise, 5 minutes from the new Coomera Westfield Shopping centre and train station.