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10 Dec 2010

Orams Marine Village

The completion of a $1.4 million refurbishment of its 600 tonne rated slipway and a new $600,000 custom built cradle means Orams Marine Village is positioned to cater for the strong demand for maintenance and refits in Auckland, including newer and bigger superyachts.

Michele Berry, general manager of Orams Marine Village, says the slipway and cradle project was specifically timed to fit with the development of more superyacht berths at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter and the increased volume of bigger boats scheduled to come to Auckland.

Boat Park members will have already noticed that two superyachts are on the slipway and a third is undergoing a makeover undercover on the water.

Michele says the slipway upgrade has been done specifically to increase the tonnes per metre ratio. When boats are hauled the keel takes 100% of the weight. While new style boats are longer and heavier, the foot of the keel hasn’t increased in size – whether 40m or 55m, yachts have a seven metre keel.

Orams Marine Services, which is independently owned and a tenant of Orams Marine Village, reports its work book for coming months includes superyachts whose owners are taking advantage of attending Rugby World Cup 2011 matches.

Michele says the village marina has also undergone a reconfiguration to allow the berthing of the larger superyachts, including one international award winning vessel due for the largest refit on record in New Zealand early in 2011.

Orams Marine Village has more than 30 marine specialist businesses on its 19,274 square metre site. Those specialists have world class reputations for handling almost anything marine, but especially vessel refits, equipment and motor repairs and boat maintenance.

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