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The anti-disclaimer: we didn’t get compensation in any way from The Boat Works. BUT, we did meet and talk to the owners and a lot of the key staff. We walked through the entire facility. We used a ton of amenities. Basically, we just think The Boat Works provides a great service to yachties and if you are looking to do boat work in Australia, it should definitely be here.
Our big project to accomplish was our battery replacement. We got a recommendation from Cat Impi to use Jack from Outback Marine, located in the Gold Coast area.
We had the option of choosing to do our battery work and long-term storage either at two different places or just one place. Long-term storage options on the hard are actually pretty slim in Australia – and we looked from Sydney to Mooloolaba.
To do our long-term storage and battery work in one place, we were pretty much looking at three choices. We choose The Boat Works because:
- Our contractor for our battery replacement recommended them.
- They responded to our emails. (It’s shocking how many marinas I eliminated because of this)
- The daily rate for long-term storage was significantly cheaper than anywhere else.
We arrived at the Boat Works in February with 2 weeks to go before our scheduled haul out. That’s two weeks to get our battery done, plus any other projects that would be easier in the water than on land.
The Boat Works has two sling lifts and a trailer lift. Starry Horizons went up on the trailer and wiggled her way through the streets of The Boat Works and to her long-term storage spot. The crew was very skilled and incredibly timely. They get those boats in and out like you wouldn’t believe!
We have to say a special thank you to Multihull Solutions, and especially Anna. The Boat Works stored Starry Horizons in Multihull Solution’s storage area (at the regular rate). Anna kept an eye on Starry Horizons for us and accepted packages. In exchange, Multihull Solutions had a Helia to view from the ground during their open house and gave one private tour to a couple looking at ordering a Fountaine Pajot.
When we returned from our 6-week trip around Australia, Starry Horizons was moved to the working yard and we had another week of projects. A few things make this yard the best we’ve ever been to.
The number of marine service companies in the area is astounding. Between The Boat Works and the neighboring marina, plus the Riveria factory down the road, there are hundreds of service providers.
Most work yards have gravel on the surface. This kicks up dust and small rocks as boats and cars move around. The Boat Works has a paved work yard, and the surface is regularly pressure washed.
The amenities of The Boat Works make it one of the better marinas we’ve ever been to, and DEFINITELY the best work yard.
One thing you may not realize is that when we are in a marina or yard, we have to stop using our heads (toilets). Some cruisers in the yard use a bucket (ew), especially when you wake up in the middle of the night. David and I stick to getting up, putting shoes on, climbing down the ladder, and walking across the yard (yet another plus for the paved surface). The Boat Works has very clean and nice Liveaboard Suites with shower and bathrooms.
Most marinas have laundry facilities, but I’ve never been to one that was FREE! There are several machines at The Boat Works and they are newer and cleaner than anywhere else I’ve seen too. The washers were HUGE.
Not many marinas have courtesy cars, but The Boat Works has four (including utes/trucks). Reserving a courtesy car for 3-hours during the week is easy, and you can also reserve them for overnight or the weekend.
While we were there, The Boat Works got courtesy bikes! Everything in The Boat Works facility is walkable, but if you need to venture over to the neighboring marina, it’s great to have a bike. You could also bike to the nearest grocery store, or you could just use one of the cars…
There is one restaurant at The Boat Works and a bakery within walking distance, but both close in the afternoon. If your fridge and freezer are off for whatever reason, dinner options are pretty slim. There is a small kitchenette in the Cruiser’s Lounge. We had breakfast a few times at The Galley and the food was delicious.
We’re very pleased with the facility, and had a great experience at the Boat Works. Thanks again to the whole team there who helped us out!