Revolutionary Sea-Lift adds versatility at GCMC

Revolutionary Sea-Lift adds versatility at GCMC

The Gold Coast Marine Centre (GCMC) has boosted its service offering with the purchase of a new self-propelled submersible-lift that can haul out boats up to 80 feet long and with a more than three metres draft.

The Sea-Lift machine, which will be commissioned by February, is said to be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Manufactured by KMI Sea-Lift in the United States, the machine is a revolutionary lift system suitable for the safe and efficient haul-out of boats with almost any hull design and construction.

Tim Sayer, general manager at GCMC said: “A major benefit for our customers is its simple, economical operation. It requires only a single operator when lifting smaller vessels, so we will be able to achieve haul-out rates comparable to forklift prices.

“The machine is ideal for the haul-out of catamarans, houseboats and other multi-hull vessels in which the GCMCentre specialises. The unique shape-conforming air-bunks distribute boat weight evenly to prevent damage to the hull and under-hull fittings.

“Sea-Lift also helps owners in positioning the boat for a lift, particularly where there are strong winds affecting the boat. The lift operator can help the boat skipper by using the up and down movement of individual cushioned arms to trap the boat in the correct lift position,” said Sayer.

The Sea-Lift will operate alongside GCMC’s existing 70-tonne travel lift and hydraulic trailers and will provide further lifting capacity to service the Centre’s 25,000m² of hardstand and service area as well as refit bays (both open and lockable).

For further information contact Tim Sayer at Gold Coast Marine Centre: phone (07) 5500 0000 or email:

Captions: Lifting large luxury boats is easy with the new Sea-Lift; The new KMI Sea-Lift, with unique “air bunks” will be commissioned at the Gold Coast Marine Centre in February; The Sea-Lift is particularly suited to hauling catamaran hulls.