22 Feb 2011

Good news for sea farers travelling up our west coast - an exciting new stop over has opened up in the Port of Saldanha to provide a much-need safe haven for repairs, maintenance or simply for rest.

The Boating World team comprising Derrick, Suzanne, Greg and Mike, was there to celebrate the launch of Yachtport SA’s first phase development recently - giving a unanimous thumbs up to this purpose-designed marine lift facility and luxury yacht marina.

While a primary function of the facility is to launch newly-built yachts,  the fully equipped boat yard (with the only indoor yacht maintenance and repair workshop in Southern Africa ) can easily accommodate large sailing boats, cruisers and other pleasure craft requiring haul out, inspection, repairs or refurbishment.  

Only two hours away from Cape Town - this is an ideal destination for Riviera Sport Fishers or Fairline cruise lovers venturing out on longer distance trips.  Several craft including French and American yachts have already called in to take advantage of the many services available, from the ablutions to laundry, refueling or simply taking the shuttle into town - to mention a few.

Derrick and his team admired the marine lift facility which has the largest travel lift in the country - capable of handling catamarans and mono hulls of up to 26m or 9m beam width and up to 100 ton displacement.   

Yachtport SA offers a host of services for visitors’ convenience and relaxation from internet work stations to a lounge and café. And the premises are suitable for brokerage, boat dry storage, sail training, vessel surveys, conferences and functions - there’s even a helipad!

Size is no object as the mooring jetty offers double width moorings for 9m beam width catamarans (up to 20m long) and 5m beam width mono hulls.  There’s one mooring for yachts up to 30m and the 200m Quayside is also available for visiting yachts.

There’s also a special launching dock for the launching and recovery of vessels – alongside which is a 12m long refuelling jetty. Not forgetting the hardstand space for maintenance and storage is also available.

Great plans for even bigger and better facilities are in the pipeline for phase 2. So contact Boating World for more details!