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BOATYARD & DRY STORAGE The original boat lifting dock at Hamble Yacht Services (below) is now being replaced. Work was under way (left) as Marina World closed for press. Hamble yard replaces lift dock A major civil engineering project started in early December 2016 to replace the boat lifting dock at Hamble Yacht Services (HYS). The dock, which has been in operation for the past 44 years, has become one of the busiest boat lifting facilities in the UK. Scheduled to take 12 weeks to build, the dock will accommodate the yard’s 80 tonne hoist and a second 40 tonne hoist. All will be ready for the start of the spring sailing season. The completely new structure has been designed by Mayhew Callum and is being built by Walcon Marine. Walcon is putting some heavy resources behind the new build, including its fleet of three barges, which range from 21 to 24m (69 to 79ft) in length, to assist with construction and movement of equipment. The project represents another significant infrastructure investment for Hamble Yacht Services, a yard that has been steadily undergoing major improvements since being taken over by new owners in early 2015. “Our hoist operations are core to the services we provide,” reports Bertie Bicket of HYS. “By ensuring that our facilities are completely up to date we are securing our position as the leading site for the lifting and storage of large and small vessels on the Solent.” Hamble Yacht Services enjoys a central Solent location and is the busiest yard in the country for grand prix racing boats, oceangoing cruisers and legendary classics. Up to 64 vessels can be – and have been – launched in a single day, setting a UK record. The hoist dock has the capacity to lift yachts up to 33.5m (110ft) long, 7.3m (24ft) beam and 5.5m (18ft) draft. “The integrity of the new dock’s structure will be of the highest specification,” Bicket says. “The project started right on time and our site tenants, owners and contractors will experience very little disruption.” All major structures and equipment will be brought in from the seaward side by barges rather than by road and the old frame and metalwork will be removed in the same way. “Our lifting and launching capabilities at HYS will have been completely updated by the spring. Both the hoists are also undergoing complete servicing and refurbishment during this time,” Bicket confirms. 32 - January/February 2017

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