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75-tonne hoist lifts SYH into the future

It's new, it's blue, and it's the biggest one on the coast between Bridlington and the Solent. Suffolk Yacht Harbour's 75-tonne Wise boat hoist is in place and is now in use.

The 75-tonne hoist offers a number of advantages:

  • It's smoother, safer and faster to launch. With two-speed operation it can work up to twice as fast as a single-speed machine
  • It can take vessels up to 25m in length and 6.7m beam
  • Because it's higher than a standard hoist it can also deal with deeper-draught and centre-plate boats, and larger yachts without de-rigging
  • Operating in tandem with the existing 60-tonne hoist it can provide non-stop operation during busy times in spring and autumn – one hoist can fetch boats while the other lowers them into the dock
  • With two hoists available, it's also feasible to hold a boat in the slings for an hour or two for a quick repair job
  • The foam-filled tyres remove the risk of a puncture

The entire hoist, including the sling supports, can be controlled by one operator from a remote control unit – which means they can operate from the spot with the best visibility - although for safety reasons other employees will assist.

"This is an example of Suffolk Yacht Harbour re-investing in the business," said SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke. "It supports our growing boatyard repair work, and means we can provide lifting not just for leisure vessels but also for the rapidly-expanding number of marine offshore support vessels working with windfarms off the East coast."

The existing 60-tonne hoist, also from Wise, has been operating at SYH for 20 years. It will continue to be used, alongside the smaller 15-tonne hoist acquired three years ago, and the 10-tonne hoist, both of which operate on the slipway in the west basin.

Hoist under construction
The hoist was assembled at SYH in mid-July

Hoist being commissioned
Wise technicians were on site for several days to ensure that the set-up was millimetre-perfect

Wise hoist in use
The new hoist in action