Jarrett Bay Boatworks has expanded its ability to service larger vessels with the addition of a 300-ton Marine Travelift mobile boat lift.
“For us, it’s significant because it increases the types and sizes of boats we’re going to be able to haul now,” Ed Stack, vice president of administration and development at Jarrett Bay, told Trade Only Today. “It’s going to expand our business offerings.”
The company received a $1 million grant from the Federal Maritime Administration. Stack says it gives Jarrett Bay the ability to haul more commercial and government vessels such as tug boats, commercial fishing and U.S. Coast Guard vessels. The new mobile lift is the only one of its size between the Norfolk, Va., area and Florida. The total cost for the new mobile lift was a little more than $1.5 million, Stack said.
“A 200-ton lift will leave us out of tugs and commercial fishing vessels,” said Stack. But the new 300 will give us the ability to haul just about all of those.” When business slows in the fall, the company will expand its Travelift basin by 30 feet to accommodate the new machine and the larger boats it can haul.
Jarrett Bay is located in a 175-acre marine industrial park in Beaufort, N.C., that owner Randy Ramsey purchased about 20 years ago. The company builds new boats and provides service work but Stack explained that there are approximately 20 other marine-industry-based businesses on site. Jarrett Bay employs 160 workers but there are a total of about 350 at all the combined businesses, which include well-known names like Caterpillar and MTU, plus local electronics service shops, an interior designer and even a granite company.
“Just about anything you could imagine that would go into a boat or yacht is here on site,” Stack said. “For the area, adding the new lift is significant, so now the service business can stay here.”
By expanding the size of boats it can service, Jarrett Bay, like so many other marine repair facilities is hoping to add to its workforce. “We could hire 40 people today if we could find them,” said Stack.