Australian Gold Coast-based shipyard, The Boat Works, has recently completed a three-year A$20m development programme. As one of Australia’s leading boat yards, this programme has enhanced the comprehensive facilities on the company’s 22.7-acre site and now allows it to handle yachts up to 36.5m (120ft).

The programme included the purchase of a 110-tonne capacity travel lift able to handle craft up to 33.5m (110ft), which adds to the existing 75-tonne and 45-tonne travel lifts. Located on the Coomera River, The Boat Works is close to the Gold Coast City Marina and collectively makes up the large marine precinct in Australia.

As part of the investment programme, The Boat Works’ group of 30 refit sheds have been expanded with four ‘supersheds’ that can accommodate craft of up to 33.5m. The adjacent hardstand area used for maintenance, repair and refit work is being increased from 17,000sq m to 22,000sq m. The site also includes a cluster of marine service providers and contractors that contributes to the success of The Boat Works precinct. This cluster includes a wide range of suppliers of services, equipment and brokerage.

This expansion of the site has led to a growing number of domestic and international owners making use of The Boat Works. Recent projects have included a 26.5m (87ft) Warren yacht owner from Melbourne choosing the precinct for a repaint, a 26.2m (86ft) Feadship owner from Sydney using the facilities for a range of works, and preparation work on a yacht participating in the Hobart to Sydney race.

The latest development for The Boat Works is to enter the sailing sector through involvement with the Extreme 40 series.