Marine Travelift Inc. announced that Newport Shipyard of Newport, R.I., has acquired one of its 100 BFMII mobile boat hoists. The new machine joins another Marine Travelift hoist already on site. Located downtown on Newport Harbor, Newport Shipyard is Newport's oldest and only working boat and shipyard facility. Not only is the yard a major East Coast yachting hub, it also is host to the Newport-Bermuda Race.
Eli Dana, Newport Shipyard’s manager and dockmaster, said the yard purchased the new 100 BFMII to replace an existing 70-ton machine. “We got it to handle smaller and midrange boats — race boats, catamarans, power and sail cruising boats up to the 90- and 100-foot range,” he said.
The new 100-ton hoist was assembled at the end of April, and the shipyard completed its new set of piers at the end of June.