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PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE Moving with the times Wilsons Boatyard, a small traditional yard in Hayling Island, UK that has been in the Wilson family for decades, has invested in a 12 ton Sublift machine. The machine makes a big difference to working life. “My brother and I have been working in this yard since our childhood and have been moving boats around in all sorts of ways for many, many years,” explains managing director Dave Wilson. The time was right for an “easier and less stressful” boat moving system. After researching the market and visiting other yards and yacht clubs to examine different machines, Wilsons’ directors travelled to Sweden for prepurchase checks and training. They describe the Sublift, now in service for several months, as ‘amazing’. “It’s so easy to use and very manoeuvrable, which was our main concern as our yard is laid out to an odd shape,” Dave Wilson noted. The UK is an important market for Sublift manufacturer Swede Ship Sublift and 15 various sized machines have been delivered to date. 12 ton options are also in use by customers such as Mitchells Boat Haven, Thornham Marine (two machines) Solo-launch PWC lift Further to its debut at METS 2018 last November, Australian company Ultimate Docking Systems has launched a floating solar-powered remotecontrolled jet ski/PWC lift, docking system and station. The product is claimed to offer unsurpassed buoyancy and stability and to be virtually unsinkable. Developed and manufactured in Queensland’s City of Gold Coast, a mecca for jet skiers, the Ultimate Jet Ski Lift (JSL) is constructed from marine grade aluminium and polyethylene. Its patented design allows for solo launch and recovery of any size jet ski using a solar powered operating system. This requires no mains power on the pontoon giving the owners the ability to trickle charge the battery of their jet skis for easy and constant use. Angelo Siokos, CEO of Ultimate Docking Systems, explains the rationale behind the invention: “Single-rider launching can be hard, especially for smaller people like my daughter who has been extensively testing the product to gauge its ease of use. We have introduced a product that takes away the hard work and allows people easy access to a fabulous pastime. It takes approximately six seconds to and Cremyl Shipyard. Mitchells, along with Seahouses, Lochinver Harbour, Rochester Kent and Trafalgar Wharf have 25 ton Sublifts. Parkstone Bay Marina and Ardfern Yacht Centre have invested in 40 ton units. The Sublift is a patented submersible hoist that launches and lifts boats on slipways and moves them effortlessly to and from water and cradle. Models range from 12 to 90 tons. The 12 ton model purchased by Wilsons Boatyard (above) is the most popular in the range. It is equipped with slings on two pairs of hydraulic lifting arms that can rotate manually to fit boat widths up to 4.8m (15.7ft). E: sales@sublift.se remotely launch and retrieve the PWC.” Personal watercraft are stored under cover within the walk-around floating lift that allows simple solorider launch and recovery, and takes away the need for anti-fouling, pushing the jet ski off a dockside or trailer launching from a slipway. The lift does not need to be permanently fixed to the pontoon and can easily be moved as it is light in weight. The company will soon introduce a follow-up lift for craft up to 30ft (9m) in length. This will not only be aimed at private users but also at marinas and clubs where ease of use and low maintenance launch and recovery solutions are required by water users. E: sales@ultimatedock.com.au www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2019 49

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