by Dom Wiseman

The $100 million development at Boat Works on the Gold Coast will see the Coomera boatyard completely transform, doubling its size.

The development will see the creation of a dry storage for up to 200 boats from 25 to 100ft, expanded refit facilities, and an impressive 50-berth marina. The marina will come to life with a waterfront village, with boutique shopping and restaurants.

Early December of this year will see the arrival of the first vessels into the marina. Queensland-based Superior Jetties was awarded the contract to build the new marina and stage 1 of the development is due for completion in April 2019.

The official launch of the development was held last week, with City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and The Boat Works owner Tony Longhurst present for the opening festivities.

“Expanding the City’s economy is vital for our future growth,” said Tate. “The marine sector is enjoying considerable growth and this development will take us to the next level nationally and internationally.

“We will become the number one port of choice along the entire east coast and I commend The Boat Works for opening up our marine service and logistics facilities to a global market.”

“The Gold Coast will become the port of call for every type of boat – from leisure craft to larger commercial vessels – as they travel the east coast between Melbourne and Sydney and the Whitsundays.

“The benefits of this increased visitation will flow on to the south-east economy in the form of jobs and business in all sectors”, stated Mr Tate.

John Hogan, CEO at Superior Jetties, said the marina will be a specialist working marina where vessels can be provided with all types of servicing needs.

“There will be over 40 specialist berths to 30m that includes multihulls. Special close deep water for crane and forklift access will allow in-water refits, as well as a ship lift and ramp facility to service upland storage of vessels on a hard stand.”

Currently, The Boat Works employs 1,000 personnel and lifts 50 boats per week with its Travel lifts and Sealift equipment. As a result of this development project, these figures are predicted to double over the next three to five years, breathing new life into the already thriving Queensland Marine Industry.