on 6 Mar 2020
Built in 9 months, it offers 5-star facilities
Since opening a few weeks ago in Australia after a fast build time of nine months, The Boat Works’ state-of-the-art new yard has already welcomed some of the region’s premium vessels over 30-metres for refit, repairs and maintenance, attracted by the 5-star amenities and the Gold Coast’s largest lift at 300 tonnes.
Spanning two facilities, The Boat Works occupies 55-acres in total and accommodates vessels from 5 to 50-metres within a masterfully designed and landscaped precinct in the heart of the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, Coomera.
The Longhurst family’s private investment of more than A$100 million has resulted in marine and lifestyle infrastructure to attract international superyachts and benefit south-east Queensland and Australia.
“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 50,000sqm of hardstand and superyacht refit sheds, accommodating 1km of boats within, from wide-bodied catamarans, motor yachts and sailboats to superyachts – as many as 40 vessels within state-of-the-art refit sheds and hardstand.
A 300 tonne boat hoist joins the southern yard’s complement of 70 tonne lift, 100 tonne marine travel lift and the 45 tonne hydraulic sealift, catering to wide-bodied multihulls.
On the water, the purpose-built marina constructed by Gold Coast-based Superior Jetties features berthing for 15 superyachts up to 50m, with alongside-berthing for vessels up to 70m.
“The owner’s vision was for a fully-integrated site, so multiple environmental systems have been designed,” says Superior Jetties CEO John Hogan. “Tony and all the team have been a pleasure to deal with and we value this landmark development as one of our best worldwide.”
Captain Captain Kane Sutherland of 33m MY Pinnacle says he and his crew received “first-class service at a facility that surpasses many other facilities I have experienced as an international Captain.”
Captain Glenn Woodbridge of 35m Sunseeker MY Settlement was blown away by the facility.
“This is next-level! Compared to the rest of the world, there is nothing close to it here or overseas. I’ve been to most yards in the world and this is unique. The attention to detail throughout the facility is unlike any other. The staff here have bent over backwards for us. We will be return-customers for sure.”
The Captains’ Club Lounge – a luxury, two storey VIP reception centre adjacent to the slipway – is a quiet retreat for Captains, crew and owners, offering an array of premium services and commanding views over their vessel, marina and superyacht yard.
Along with access to more than 60 marine professionals and businesses on-site, added value for visiting Captains and crew include being able to renew and upskill commercial licensing with internationally recognised training at Paradigm Maritime, and a choice of restaurants, cafes and bar.
Creating a “clean green marina” was the prime objective from the outset, setting a new benchmark for boat yards.
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.
The resort-style lawns, palms and citrus trees create an oasis. Bio-gardens are planted along the yard’s perimeter as the final stage of the self-cleaning function of tier-level yard. 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, and the guiding philosophy behind the entire development, is the job creation across sectors and with flow on into the broader community.
With a history in the Coomera area dating back to 1975, the Longhurst family, who built Australia’s first theme park, Dreamworld, took over ownership of the original boat yard in 2000, and have owned Riviera Motor Yachts since 2012. Over 45 years, they have created employment for thousands of Australians of all walks of life.
“More boats means more jobs,” says Tony Longhurst. “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 next phase of this landmark development will commence in the near future with Stage 2 comprising a dedicated sand-blasting shed and refit workshops along with the architecturally-designed lifestyle complex for retail, professional offices, function centre, restaurants and bars, landscaped as a tranquil reserve with sensational vistas of superyachts.