Lifting, Moving, & Storing Boats Factors to consider when choosing equipment Northwest Marina Conference October 31st 2007 Presented by: Wade Koning, Darryl Krause, and Howard Bean
Finances • What percentage of your yard’s Gross Profits are realized from boat lifting and storage fees? • Does updating equipment with a substantial capital expenditure justify the cost? • Which system will best enable Gross Profits to be increased and ROI time reduced?
Storage • “Footprint” of the transportation unit affects space usability.
Storage - Blocking • Is your operation adhering to industry standards? • ABYC Standards: TY – 28 Boat Lifting and Storage has published guidelines. • Transportation equipment should allow blocking to adequately support the weight of the boat.
Moving • Maneuverability • Speed • Distance • Safety
Moving Boats • Is speed a concern? For example, will reducing haul out times result in increased profits? • Will transferring between transportation methods (sling lift to transporter trailer) reduce efficiency and increase safety concerns? • Are storm considerations a factor? Opportunity for additional revenues.
Moving - Safety • New technologies such as “Air Bunks” provide continuous support while contouring the shape of the boat’s hull.
Lifting • Which type of lift system best fits your needs? • Finger pier and sling lift • Ramp and trailer • Crane or forklift (with negative lift) • Costs and environmental concerns associated with construction or retrofit
Available Systems on the Market • Self Propelled Trailer • KMI Sea-Lift, Con-o-Lift, Brownell, Hostar • Fork Lift • Wiggins, Hoist, Taylor • Sling Lift • Marine Travelift, Wise, Ascom Which solutions leave gaps, which is best overall choice?