Boat owners from Newcastle to the Gold Coast will now be able to access world-class maintenance in Port Macquarie thanks to six months of vigorous renovation works at the marina.
Operational before Christmas, the new slipway and service centre will be able to service five boats at a time and deal with everything from routine yearly maintenance to repairs.
Port Macquarie Marina general manager Daimon Martin said the new slipway will attract boats from all over the east coast to the area.
“Boats have to have routine maintenance every 12-18 months and the new slipway in Port Macquarie will be a world class ‘all stop shop’ for owners to ensure their safety on the water,” Mr Martin said.
“Everything from washing sea growth and under water maintenance of boats to the more intense and necessary repairs, owners can now be confident we have the best services available.
“There is not a better slipway between Newcastle and the Gold Coast and with thousands of boats along the east coast, the potential for Port Macquarie to be the place people come to get their boats serviced is now a reality.”
The new slipway comes after more than $2.8 million in upgrades to the Marina over the last 18 months.
Mr Martin said the upgrades have been a long time in the making and will ensure Port Macquarie’s place on the map for generations to come.
“The old slipway was 40 years old so everything has been replaced and complies with environmental measures,” he said.
“It was vital for us to be able to say that no chemicals will be going into the ocean because of what we do and there are a number of mechanisms in place.
“There are lots of slipways on the east coast but the service and professionalism that we will be able to provide will be world class and that is unmatched in this area.”
Port Macquarie Marina manager Al Mulvery said with renovations taking six months there is now a waiting list for boats to use the slipway.
“We will be operational before Christmas and right now we have 27 boats on the list waiting to use the slipway for maintenance,” Ms Mulvery said.
“We will be able to accommodate vessels that are 18 metres long and weigh up to 40 tonnes and we will also be specialising in multi-hill vessels.
“Owners will also be able to work on their own boats which is a huge advantage.
“We work very closely with the boating community in Port Macquarie and are proud to be able to deliver this service.”
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