Hinckley Yacht Services purchases self-propelled boat transporter

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The self-propelled machine has a capacity of 132,000 pounds.

The self-propelled machine has a capacity of 132,000 pounds.

Hinckley Yacht Services in Stuart, Fla., recently purchased a Marine Travelift TM60 self-propelled transporter to move vessels around the facility. The vehicle, which is basically a self-propelled hydraulic yard trailer, has a 132,000-pound capacity. It joins the yard’s Marine Travelift lineup, which includes 50-BFM and 88-BFM mobile lifts and a 150 AMP forklift.

“We went with Marine Travelift because we wanted a machine that could transport our larger size boats and position them in any area of a new building interior,” Matt Berbig, Hinckley Yacht Services general manager said in a statement. “This made maneuverability a key factor in our decision.”

The facility’s previous hydraulic trailer was not self-propelled, so when construction of the new facility was complete, Hinckley started looking for a different way to move large vessels in tight confines. The TM60 has a self-leveling hydraulic suspension, a wireless remote control, solid tires and other features. Marine Travelift also customized the machine for Hinckley, adding hydraulic telescopic arms that can be rotated 180 degrees and adjusted to fit boats. All Marine Travelift self-propelled transporters came standard with crab steering that is part of the four-wheel steering package.

Hinckley worked with W.E. Johnson Equipment Company, a Marine Travelift dealer in Palm Beach, Fla., on the order and delivery of the TM60. “Having customized options like the hydraulic telescoping arms for self-propelled transporters demonstrates the clear advantage that Marine Travelift boat handling equipment provides yards like this,” Michael Marchese, director of Marine Travelift operations at W.E. Johnson, said in the statement.

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