Australian boatbuilder stymied by overhead cables

It’s a quandary affecting a boatbuilder Down Under, but anyone in the business of building boats can appreciate the dilemma.
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It’s a quandary affecting a boatbuilder Down Under, but anyone in the business of building boats can appreciate the dilemma.

A Tasmanian boatbuilder fears that he might have to close or move his business because of the cost of transporting boats past telecommunications infrastructure on the east coast of the island.

Greg Lynd, of Lyndcraft Boats, said the National Broadband Network Co. was charging him more than $15,000 (Australian) to disconnect two overhead NBN cables so he could transport a 23-foot-tall boat from his workshop to the St Helen's wharf.

He said that was more than TasNetworks would charge to lift multiple power lines and may force him to put off workers or relocate.

"If I can't get my products out of the industrial subdivision, I've got to look at closing or going elsewhere," he told ABC News. "This boat's worth in excess of a million dollars, but with my profit margin in that boat, it's probably 20, 25 percent, which is like, it's got the potential to lose two full-time staff members out of nine that I employ."

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