Construction took just nine months

The Boat Works’ new superyacht yard on Australia’s Gold Coast is now open for business after a build time of just nine months.

Over the past two weeks, the state-of-the-art new yard has already welcomed some of the region’s premium vessels over 30m for refit, repairs and maintenance, attracted by the 5-star amenities and what is said to be the Gold Coast’s largest lift at 300 tonnes.

Now spanning two facilities, The Boat Works occupies 55 acres in total and accommodates vessels from 5m-50m at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera. The new 300-tonne boat hoist joins the southern yard’s 70-tonne lift, 100-tonne marine travel lift and a 45-tonne hydraulic sealift, catering to wide-bodied multihulls.

“We’ve had a cast of thousands working on the development and it is already delivering economic flow on for businesses in south-east Queensland,” says owner Tony Longhurst. “Raising the standard has always been the motivation at The Boat Works, and the superyacht yard is testament to the Longhurst family’s dedication to eco-development and sustainability.”

The new superyacht yard occupies over 50,000sq m of hardstand and superyacht refit sheds, accommodating 1km of boats within, from wide-bodied catamarans, motoryachts and sailboats to superyachts – as many as 40 vessels within state-of-the-art refit sheds and hardstand.

On the water, the purpose-built marina, constructed by Gold Coast-based Superior Jetties, features berthing for 15 superyachts of up to 50m, with alongside berthing for vessels up to 70m.

Creating a “clean green marina” was the prime objective from the outset. Committed to preserving up to 200m of land along the 1km waterfrontage has resulted in a revival of plant and marine life and preserves the ecosystem.

All water on-site is treated via the latest high-tech filtration system. Rainwater harvesting captured from each super shed structure can be used for vessel wash downs. A second solar array will add to the 100kW solar panel system southern yard, with the aim of the entire facility becoming self-sufficient.

Most importantly, says Longhurst, is the job creation across sectors and with flow on into the broader community. “More boats means more jobs,” he says. “Not just in the marine and boating industries but in hospitality, tourism, provisioning – all the things visitors to our region want to see and experience, as well as works they carry out on their boats.

“The whole Marine Precinct is energised and there’s a surge of positivity in response to the new Superyacht Legislation [allowing foreign-flagged vessels to charter in Australian waters], the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Strategy and commitment to ongoing dredging of the Coomera River and Gold Coast waterways.”

The next phase of development will comprise a dedicated sand-blasting shed and refit workshops along with a lifestyle complex for retail, professional offices,a function centre, restaurants and bars.