New Marine Travelift for Newport Shipyard...

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New Marine Travelift for Newport Shipyard...

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It’s a 100-ton unit.


Marine Travelift recently delivered one of its 100 BFMII mobile boat hoists to the Newport Shipyard in Newport harbor, Newport, Rhode Island. The machine with its all-wheel electronic steering joins the yard’s 300-ton machine from the same crane builder.
“We purchased the 100 BFMII to replace our old 70-ton machine,” says Eli Dana, the yard’s manager/dockmaster. “We got it to handle smaller and mid-range boats ‒ race boats, cruising boats, catamarans, power and sail, up to 100ft (30.5m).
The new top-beam extension was an important option, as it saves a lot of labour time when handling larger sailboats. During sailboat lifting, the backstay or forestay would interfere with a standard hoist’s top beam; the option sees the top beam moved forward, which provides the necessary clearance while the boat is suspended in the slings. With this feature, a shipyard can lift a much larger number of sailboats without needing to adjust vessel rigging. The fact that the forestay stays connected means less stress on the mast and greater ground clearance to the keel during lifting... Plus the option helps with motor vessels with forward-mounted superstructures.

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