The Boat Works has set a record for the heaviest vessel ever to be hauled out of the water on the Gold Coast – the 292 tonne, 150-foot (45.7m) Benetti superyacht, Mistress.

Despite the inclement conditions, The Boat Works’ team took just two hours to lift the vessel out of the Coomera River to the hardstand where Mistress will undergo a brief period of maintenance.

“This is an historic milestone for The Boat Works and the Gold Coast,” says Shane Subichin, General Manager at The Boat Works.

“Our 300-tonne lift we call ‘Rhino’ has proven itself a very versatile machine that can adapt to any vessel.

“There’s increasing demand from larger vessels which are rising in number in our region. The influx in supply has welcomed additional major marine infrastructure with construction is underway on Stage 4 of The Boat Works which comprises 4 x 20-metre-high sheds to accommodate these massive, tri-deck and flybridge motor yachts, both commercial and privately-owned. They will be ready to welcome visiting yachts in first quarter 2022.”

Also new is a dedicated 5,000-square-metres of hardstand for the cruising community which will accommodate up to 16 cruising catamarans and monohulls. Complete with a liveaboard lounge, ensuites, free laundry and even a courtesy car, this workspace is ideal for cruising yacht owners to undertake their own antifoul and repaid work.