Harbour West Marina has acquired a new lift for recreational boats, capable of handling vessels up to 80 tons.
According to their website, the Marina decided to replace the 50-ton capacity lift to the new 80-ton lift when the lighter lift was ready to be replaced. Marine lifts are used to launch and haul power and sailboats into or out of the water.
“The trend has been for recreational boats to get larger, but not many marinas can’t handle the big ones,” said Harbour West Marina Manager Kelly Flood.
Harbour West Marina was established in 1938 when the Hamilton Harbour Commission, with the Harbour Development Plan decided to construct a marine railway and dockyard specifically for the use of pleasure craft boaters. The new businesses provided provided repairs, refitting and winter storage for privately owned recreational vessels.
Today, the marina, offers dockage facilities for approximately 250 pleasure craft and maintains 400 vessels for winter storage. It is the recipient of numerous awards including Boating Ontario’s ‘Diamond” 5-Anchor Clean Marine Rating. In 2011 the marina received the Robert Eaton Environmental Award for Excellence in environmental marine practices.
The new $360,000 marine-lift is part of the Hamilton Port Authority’s ongoing investmens at Harbour West Marina, to ensure the marina is a prominent anchor within Hamilton’s redeveloping waterfront neighbourhood.
“We’re growing the recreational boating activity, and adding to the vibrancy of the waterfront,” said Flood.