Ever-larger yachts require bigger tools
The Beast and Brutus, a pair of hulking green boat lifts, have arrived at their new home, the Lauderdale Marine Center. The giant lifts were added this summer at the sprawling Fort Lauderdale boatyard, marina and repair facility as part of its growing arsenal of tools to expand its capacity to service bigger yachts. Built by Cimolai Technology of Italy, they were shipped to Fort Lauderdale in parts for final assembly. The Beast, which has a 485-ton capacity, is expected to begin operations by mid-August and will be used to service vessels of up to about 180 feet in length, said Doug West, LMC president during a tour Wednesday. The 220-ton Brutus entered service in early June and can handle boats of up to approximately 130 feet in length.