A NEW state-of-the-art boat lift has been officially opened at Brixham Marina.
The Sealift 2 is the third of its kind and the first in this region.
It enables boat owners in Torbay to gain quick and easy access for essential maintenance tasks.
The system is capable of lifting boats of up to 50 tons in weight and 60ft in length in 10 minutes.
The whole process of lifting a boat, scrubbing the hull and returning it to the water can be completed in under one hour – far quicker and more convenient than using traditional methods.
The lift is staffed by trained operators and supported by MDL’s nearby Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre.
Shaw Smith, manager at the service centre and Brixham Marina, said: “The Sealift 2 is set to be a real asset for all boaters in the area, whether they are local residents or visiting our beautiful coast for the first time.
“This is a unique service that cannot currently be found outside the Solent in the UK, and one which we know will be hugely appreciated by the thriving marine community in Torbay.
“We can oversee the lifting and all aspects of maintenance, allowing owners to enjoy their leisure time.
“We hope to see many berth holders and visitors taking advantage of the new service over the coming months.”
Former Merchant Navy captain Bob Curtis, from Brixham, warmly welcomed the new facility.
He said: “It’s got to be very good for Brixham. Until now, boats have had to go to other ports for repairs. I’m sure it will be well used and it’s wonderful that it’s so quick. Hopefully in time we can also get something similar for the bigger boats.”
One man that was surprised to hear about the installation of the lift was Mike Dodd, who was unsuccessful in his attempt to introduce a floating dry dock to Brixham several years ago.
He said The Brixham Docking Company was severely regulated by the Water Resources Act which stipulates that all waste must be collected on board and disposed of in a regulated fashion.
He said MDL’s new system apparently discharges immediately into its surrounding water and therefore does not comply with waste regulations.
His colleague, Les Edgecumbe, added: “MDL has installed a similar, but smaller facility. Mike feels there is not an equal playing field being applied here.”
A spokesman for Torbay Council said: “We are satisfied that the new facility at MDL’s Brixham Marina is fully compliant with all relevant waste regulations.
“It has a sophisticated system on board for the capture of all waste contaminants using filtration tanks, so therefore no waste products will enter the harbour from its operations.”