January 18, 2022
The recent delivery of a Marine Travellift 150TUG (330,000 lb capacity / 150 metric tons) Bayliss boats, Wanchese, North Carolina, has increased the shipyard’s lifting capacity by 50% while maintaining a similar footprint to its former 100 metric ton Marine Travelift. This increased capacity has allowed the boatbuilder to continue producing and servicing larger vessels without any major infrastructure changes, the shipyard said.
Marine Travelift’s Model TG boat hoist eliminates a set of lifting blocks (compared to the 150-ton C-Series boat hoist model) while maintaining full lifting capacity to accommodate shorter and longer vessels heavy, Marine Travelift. The configuration is often used for tugs and pushers, and it fits Bayliss’ need for more power with a footprint comparable to the old boat winch they’ve been using for 15 years.
Considerations such as hull shape, beam length and the weight of the vessels the yard currently hauls were addressed by Craig Lewis of Marine Travelift when the conversation about an upgrade began. Initially, a single tire C-series boat winch was considered, but the 150 TG offered the right combination of power and size for the vessels Bayliss currently hauls, while providing the extra power the yard will need. need as they continue to expand into building and servicing larger and heavier boats.
The Bayliss Boatworks Model 150 TG is fitted with a wireless remote control, designed to give the operator greater visibility as they are free to move around the load and see every corner of the machine without the help of an observer. Marine Travelift customers often note that this option has a greater than expected impact on labor costs.
The most notable customization of this 150 TG is its single tire setup. Typically the 150 TG model is built with a dual tire configuration on each corner, but the width of the existing stacks on site ruled out this option for the Bayliss upgrade. Marine Travelift engineers designed this model to suit the specific layout of the yard.
“Our first machine was a brand new 100 ton with remote control. It worked flawlessly and gave us 15 years of trouble-free service; we are very pleased,” shipyard owner John Bayliss said in a statement announcing the delivery of the travelift. “As our boats got bigger, we wanted a slightly larger machine that could lift more weight while still fitting our existing footprint. We worked with our sales rep and the [Marine Travelift] engineers to build a new 150 ton with single wheels instead of the standard double wheel setup. We are extremely pleased with our new 150 ton, and the customizations Marine Travelift has designed for us fit our application perfectly. The 150 ton monowheel ticked all the boxes!”
Founded in 2002, Bayliss Boatworks has been building custom sport fishing yachts in the Outer Banks for 20 years. They operate a full-service shipyard to support, maintain and refit the boats they build, in addition to servicing yachts built by others.