Before you arrive at the lift

Thanks for choosing Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard for your haulout. Here are a few tips to help get your boat ready and ensure the process goes smoothly:

  • Have your fenders up when entering the Travelift area. Otherwise they tend to get hung up on our slings and cause problems.
  • Make sure your waste valves are closed before lifting. (This prevents the discharge of black/gray water.)
  • Make sure your boat is low on water and fuel so that the weight of the boat is minimized.
  • Have visible sling markers on your hull or at least a mark Indicating where the vessel’s keel ends. This ensures we don’t inadvertently sling a transducer, paddle wheel or shaft.
  • Do not enter the Travelift pier until the lift slings are down and an employee signals you to enter.
Getting here:
  • There are remnants of a marine railway to the town dock side of our Travelift pier. It is about 1/2 to 1/4 the depth of the Travelift channel. Please stay clear of it on less than 8 foot tides.
  • If your sailboat is over 36′ you will need to back into our pier or drop your headstay.

If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to call us before your haulout.

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1 Comment

  1. Bob Lowe on May 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I think preparation is so important in anything you do, and making sure that your boat is prepared will ensure that everything goes great. I think having marking on your hull to indicate the keel ends is super important. The last thing you want to do is cause any damage that will cost you later. Thanks again.

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