Slipway back on the scene and doing well
THE Port Douglas slipway is back in business as the centrepiece of the local maritime industry.
Having been upgraded by owners The Reef Marina a year ago, the slipway’s lead contractor, Gavin Goodwin and his Above Grade Marine Services, says the slipway is a fine facility which is well up to the task of servicing marine craft up to around 30 metres.
A boatbuilder with 25 years experience, Mr Goodwin came to Port Douglas about a year ago with one employee.
Since then he has expanded his workforce, including an apprentice from a local family.
They are now well advanced on a major yacht refit which has led to the direct employment of five people in the shire, some moving here with their families.
Mr Goodwin has set up a workshop in Quaid St, Mossman, for trailer boat repairs and from which he intends to soon start production of his Longboats range, Goodwin Longboats – a centre console open boat which is designed for fishing and recreational use.
Beside the current work on the 25 metre yacht Iluka for its rural NSW owners – which Mr Goodwin says is probably one of the biggest jobs of its type ever undertaken in Port – the slipway has plenty of fu- ture work servicing the local fleet.
Mr Goodwin says the past year at the slipway has been positive.
“Since the slipway reopened it’s been great, in particular its professional management. It’s just a great service for the community for it to be here.”
He was full of praise for the district’s tradespeople who have shared in the refit of the Iluka, including rigging, fitting, fabricating, painting, and woodwork.
Marty Cincotta, an associate of the yacht’s owners who has been also been working on the refit, echoed the sentiment.
“The quality of the work has been really good. We are really happy with it,” he told the
Since the slipway re-opened it’s been great . . . It’s just a great service for the community for it to be here Boatbuilder Gavin Goodwin
He said the yacht had been brought to Port Douglas initially because of Pete the Rigger. “There are very few riggers around,” Mr Cincotta said.
“Ports that have them have a definite advantage.”
The current owners had owned the Iluka for about 30 years and previously it had been doing charting work out of Airlie Beach.
Working on Iluka: Gavin Goodwin, Brendan Hober, Jaron Cathie and Marcus Penno