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BOATYARDS Demands dictate fast-track at The Boat Works Just one year since opening its AU0 million, 25-acre (10-ha) dedicated superyacht yard, The Boat Works in Coomera, Queensland has reached capacity. Slips and sheds are booked out for months ahead and this has motivated owner, Tony Longhurst, to fast track development of Stage 4. The adage “build it and they will come” has been perfectly embodied in the evolution of The Boat Works, a fullservice marina and shipyard covering over 55 acres (22.3ha) of waterfront on the Coomera River. With a haul-out schedule of 50 vessels per week, both yards are at capacity, including the superyacht marina built by Superior Jetties and the out-of-water maintenance precincts that comprise the hardstand and refit sheds. Stage 3, a recently completed services hub for marine professionals, represents an additional million investment and four new tenants have recently moved in, taking the total marine businesses on-site to 80 across the two facilities. Stage 4 will add five new 50m (164ft) finishing sheds, a controlled work environment for respraying and sandblasting. Consistent with the commitment to construct an eco-friendly marina and shipyard, the new sheds are being built with effective gradient for channelling and collecting water used on site for antifouling and other works. Further bio gardens will surround the perimeter as part of a sophisticated filtration and purification system for roof and ground water. “It’s a case of supply and demand,” explains general manager Shane Subichin. “All our hardstand area and sheds are occupied. We need more sheds to accommodate the influx. We will commence work on Stage 4 ahead The Boat Works (seen here in May 2021) is the largest shipyard and marina facility in the southern hemisphere. of schedule to be ready for the return of the superyacht fleet and motor yachts heading back south after winter cruising in the Whitsundays.” Vessels, such as 41m (135ft) ‘Batavia’, underwent complex refit projects over the past six months. She is just one of 50 superyachts of over 24m (79ft) from the Asia Pacific and domestic market to berth at The Boat Works since February 2020. Batavia skipper, Captain Mark Clacher, has been cruising the waters of Lankawi, Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Cambodia and Borneo. He says The Boat Works’ purpose-built superyacht yard with 300 tonne lift and high-tech facilities was an appealing alternative to returning to Asia for significant refit works. The privately-owned explorer vessel The 300 tonne lift that complements hightech facilities makes The Boat Works an attractive refit and repair destination. 28 – July/August 2021

BOATYARDS arrived at the yard in mid-2020 for a range of interior and exterior work before heading to Sydney for a season. She then returned to the yard in March for a major interior revamp ahead of winter in the Whitsundays, and is likely to return for further work in October. “It’s amazing how busy all the trades are here in the yard,” Clacher says. “It’s heartening to see the confidence in the industry with so much investment. There’s a lack of berths for vessels over 40m [131ft] so we’re pleased we can book at The Boat Works on our return trip.” “The exponential demand we are experiencing in the marine sector represents an excellent opportunity for employment and a demand for skilled trades,” Subichin notes. “The economic benefits of visiting superyachts flow on The superyacht facility in May this year was at full capacity. to the entire south-east Queensland region.” “We are fortunate to be working closely with TAFE Queensland, who have an office within the Coomera Marine Precinct,” he adds. Adam Chanter, maritime employment, skills and training officer for TAFE Queensland, has watched the evolution of The Boat Works and says it has increased the demand for skilled tradespeople. “As COVID-19 removed the opportunity for international travel and considerably restricted domestic holidaying, it appears from the high demand of forward orders to locally manufactured vessels, coupled with long wait times for maintenance and refit work to second-hand boats, the current shortages for skilled, semiskilled and entry level workers across all disciplines of the industry has been Super sheds, like these, are in high demand. More will be added in the Stage 4 investment. pushed further than we have previously experienced.” “As we see an increase in marine/ maritime activity within Cairns (8,000 staff over ten years) and South Australia, these issues are only going to be exacerbated as skilled labour demand increases.” David Good, CEO at AIMEX- Superyacht Australia, touring The Boat Works ahead of the ASMEX conference, describes it as “phenomenal”. “What impresses me the most is the number of utes, vans, people around each and every vessel. It’s one thing to build infrastructure, but it’s incredible to see how many people are employed by every one of these big boats in every shed. There were up to 20 people working on every boat: trades people, deliveries, various marine professionals – and these are all individual businesses not big corporations.” This influx of boats will only continue, as Good reports. “There were another five vessels over 100ft [30m] unloaded at the Port of Newcastle last week, and another ship on its way now with boats that Australians have bought from overseas or bringing their boats back.” And why not? “There’s never been a better time to go boating,” Good says. “If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the value of time spent with family and friends on the water, relaxing and appreciating our amazing coastline and waterways.” – July/August 2021 29

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