Martin Flory Group
More and more, marinas are approached by owners seeking slips with lifts capable of handling larger and heavier boats. Miami Beach Marina recently added to its many smaller Golden Boat Lift-equipped berths with four, custom-built Four-Post Lifts, each with an impressive 40,000 lb. capacity.
Typically, a lift designed for this weight would require eight posts. Golden Boat Lifts redesigned the aluminum top beam to sit on four concrete piles and securely carry the load. Not only did it make a less expensive installation for Miami Beach Marina, but the increased aesthetic appeal adds to the slips’ salability.
The marina offers dockage from overnight to annual. Because of this, the lifts needed to be adaptable to a wide range of hull and engine configurations. The custom Four-Post Lifts will adjust to even support twin engine inboard diesels. Golden Boat Lifts are renowned for their flexibility in accommodating multiple outboard monohulls, powercats and even sailboats.
Boat owners appreciate the ease of using the lifts. With the touch of a button, the vessel lowers into the water. Upon return, it’s simply a matter of guiding the craft onto the heavy-duty, aluminum I-beam style bunks and effortlessly raising it.
The advantages of out-of-water storage of large boats are many. Scrubbing is back-breaking work and paying a yard to do the work is expensive, especially when charged by the foot. Additionally, a clean hull translates into improved speed and mileage.
Miami Beach Marina, part of the RCI Marine Group, boasts 400 slips to accommodate vessels up to 250′. Conveniently located next to Government Cut, it offers access to world-class fishing, sailing and cruising, and the South Beach nightlife. Its website is miamibeachmarina.com.
Contact Golden Boat Lifts, 17611 East St, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. 888-909-5438 or 239-337-4141. [email protected]; www.goldenboatlifts.com.