Narrowboat Refurbishment Workshop and Wise Lifting Hoist
We are very excited to announce that Whilton Marina has developed facilities to create a new working environment for our engineering and welding teams. Construction of the purpose built 9,000 sq ft Narrowboat Maintenance and Repair Workshop, wharf and boat lift is now complete.
The new workshop is capable of holding three 70ft narrowboats simultaneously for maintenance works. It is fully equipped for the undertaking of works to new and used narrowboats or widebeams; to include stern tube renewal, new window installations, renewal of gas lockers, wiring, painting, engine installations, hull replating and refurbishment works and will enable us to work on narrow boats out of the water and under cover.
Our brand new Wise 40 tonne motorised Hoist which we named Hercules, will be used to lift and transport the widebeam or narrowboat into the new refurbishment workshop. It is capable of lifting 40 tonnes and up to 72ft long x 12 ft wide boats, with four wheel steering.
A new wharf has also been constructed to allow the Wise Hoist to manoeuvre over the water and lift out narrowboats when surveys are required. This will enable us to react a lot more quickly to our demands on site, which will speed up the sales process.
The new workshop, wharf and boat lifting facility is designed to hugely assist our customers through the narrowboat buying and selling process, and make us one of the most successful one-stop shops on the canal network; where you can buy a narrow boat, moor it, maintain and repair it, and if you need to sell your narrow boat on, we can sell it for you on brokerage, offer you cash for your boat or part exchange with another boat from either of our marinas.
This significant investment is designed to strengthen our position and commitment as the Number One UK sales outlet for used narrowboats. We have invested £900,000 in the new facilities, wharf and boat lift, showing that we are confident about our future in narrowboat sales and the future of our marina.
Below you can see a video of the first lift boat with Hecules.
The new wharf, workshop and Narrowboat hoist are shown in the pictures below: