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NEWS FOCUS: MARINAS & YARDS The boundary for the north precinct site (March 2019). A new super era on the Gold Coast Superyachts, pyrotechnics, the Gold Coast Australia mayor Tom Tate, and various dignitaries, VIPs, marine industry customers and media combined in a heady mix on 3 rd May to commemorate the unveiling of stage one of The Boat Works’ north precinct, the largest superyacht marina and shipyard in the southern hemisphere. The project, which represents AU0 million in private investment in Gold Coast infrastructure, is scheduled to open in early 2020 and effectively double the total facility to 52 acres (21ha). Owner and CEO, Tony Longhurst, is also aiming to build “the greenest and cleanest” shipyard and marina in the world. Plans include landscaped bio gardens, a solar panel array and sophisticated water recycling systems that will ensure no air or waterborne pollution enters the Coomera River or surrounding soil. Open for business Stage one is now complete and operating, with the ‘Dry Marina’ storage for vessels of 8 to 20m (25 to 65ft) close to capacity with 80 boats of all types and sizes, and the new marina built by Superior Jetties offering 77 berths. Included in this are purpose-built multihull berths to accommodate widebodied catamarans up to 18m (59ft) in length (already at capacity) and a large number of berths for brokerage boats. A 35m (115ft) side shoot accommodates superyachts up to 45m L to r: Tony Longhurst (The Boat Works), John Hogan and Andy Vollmer (Superior Jetties), and Shane Subichi (The Boat Works) tour the new marina infrastructure. (148ft) and an additional 20 berths serve superyachts up to 35m (115ft). All enjoy deep water location and access to the full services and amenities at The Boat Works, including undercover work sheds, 60 specialist tenants, a mega-chandlery and a variety of boat dealerships. Making progress Stages two and three are now underway and include casual work berths for superyachts adjacent to the 300 tonne Marine Travelift – the largest hoist in the Gold Coast marine precinct – that will be used to haul out superyachts up to 45m (148ft). On land, the new northern facility will comprise 20 superyacht sheds, the largest being 41m (134ft) in length and 19m (62ft) in height, a working hardstand yard for up to 20 superyachts, wash bays and ample parking for customers and visitors. The architect-designed waterfront premises are destined to become a local landmark, occupied by professional offices, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, boutique shopping and mixed retail businesses. Plans comprise a function centre for events such as seminars, conferences and weddings. The superyacht precinct will also be a magnet and haven for the region’s charter fleet and privately-owned superyachts as well as foreign flagged visiting yachts. It will be a convenient pit stop for migrating yachts cruising the east coast from southern states to the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. The new premises complement the existing yard that is operating at capacity, with a current haul out rate of 50 vessels per week using three specialist lifts, 70 and 100 tonne Marine Travelifts and a 45-tonne submersible hydraulic Sealift for wide-bodied multihulls. 44 - July/August 2019

NEWS FOCUS: MARINAS & YARDS Overview rendering of the North Yard superyacht complex, scheduled to open in 2020. Securing the future The Boat Works is ideally situated on the Coomera River, which the Gold Coast Waterways Authority is committed to ‘dredging in perpetuity’ to ensure optimal water depth, and by the end of 2019, it will be equipped to welcome superyachts from around the region and around the world. Longhurst anticipates an official opening of the entire superyacht complex in early 2020, complete with a large line-up of superyachts in for storage, service and specialist refits. “This is an exciting time for the marine industry, particularly in the Coomera Marine Precinct,” he said. “The Boat A marina team with over Works’ new superyacht precinct will create up to 2,000 jobs along with the flow on effect of increased work for trades in the region.” “Our vision is to attract more of these high-yielding superyachts to the Gold Coast and ‘grow the pie’ for everybody at every level of the marine industry, tourism, hospitality and the broader community,” he added. 30 YEARS of continuity and leadership in comprehensive services for international marina development. • Marina Planning and Design • Sustainable and Resilient Design • Waterfront and Coastal Engineering • Marina Market and Feasibility Studies • Marina Tender and Construcon Services Photo courtesy of Christophe Harbour ® - July/August 2019 45

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