Slipway back on the scene and do­ing well

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Work­ing on Iluka: Gavin Good­win, Bren­dan Hober, Jaron Cathie and Mar­cus Penno

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