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Strength Comes with Experience

Boat Handling Equipment Built to Last for Decades

Since we were founded in 1954, Marine Travelift has always built the most innovative boat handling equipment. That means we’ve got over 60 years of maritime industry experience and feedback backing every feature, option, and engineering design decision we make for our equipment. 

Countless Years of Boat Handling Innovations

Our Timeline


The first mobile boat hoist was designed and manufactured in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


Marine Travelift is officially established in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


Marine Travelift introduces the first open-end boat lift design for faster handling of sailboats’ masts and other large vessels.


Marine Travelift builds a 250-ton capacity mobile boat hoist, the world’s largest capacity at the time.


Marine Travelift launches the innovative BFM (Beam Forward Machine) Series of mobile marina and shipyard boat lifts.


Marine Travelift introduces their marina forklift line in the early 1990s.

Late 1990s

Marine Travelift delivers 800-ton mobile boat hoist, largest in the world at the time.


Marine Travelift launches the leading BFMII Series which now includes better speeds, remote diagnostics, touchscreen load readout, industrial tires, superior corrosion-resistant paint system, and more.


Marine Travelift introduces and deliveries their self-propelled Hydraulic Transporter for better space utilization when used in conjunction with their boat hoists.


Marine Travelift delivers 1,000 metric ton mobile boat hoist, largest in the world.


Marine Travelift listens to customer needs and introduces new and improved BFMII boat hoist and new and expanded Hydro Drive marine forklift lineup including delivering a 52,000 lbs. capacity forklift.


Marine Travelift introduces their revolutionary variable width option, enabling marinas to place more boats on the hard in the same space as a traditional boat hoist.


Today Marine Travelift has over 4,500 units in operation worldwide.

Looking Forward

Marine Travelift continues to work with marinas and shipyards across the globe to create the industry’s best equipment – every feature and option is designed with you, the end-user, in mind.

Get to Know Marine Travelift

The Most Comprehensive Boat Handling Equipment Lineup

Because boat handling equipment is all Marine Travelift does and all we’ve ever done – we understand how critical your equipment is to your operation. That is why we engineer in-house to maximize uptimes, have the largest customer care team, and offer the most comprehensive boat handling lineup in the industry. Whether you operate an industrial shipyard or a dry stack marina, we build the equipment you need to make efficient hauls for years to come.  

25-100 ton hoist
25 – 100 Ton Boat Hoists

With the BFMII mobile boat hoists you know you are getting the most reliable and innovative lifting equipment. With lifting capacities up to 100 metric tons, these units are highly customizable to meet all the demands of your marina or shipyard.

Hydraulic Transporters

The perfect boat handling and storage addition for your yard. Marine Travelift transporters are self-propelled and designed to be used with our mobile boat hoists to maximize space in your yard and buildings.

forklift holding boat

Our Hydro M_Drive forklifts are available in a variety of capacities, wheelbases, and mast heights to work within your existing drystack facility. Choose from side or center cab forklift configurations for max visibility and innovative options.

150-1000 ton hoist
150 – 1500 Ton Boat Hoists

The C-Series from Marine Travelift is available for larger lifting needs your shipyard demands, with capacities from 150-1,500 metric tons. These are the ideal lifting solution for everything from cargo ships, to tugs, to superyachts and beyond.

Comprehensive Customer Care

We’ve got the industry’s best support network to keep your marina running. 

  • Our global distributor network is available locally to help you with all your boat handling equipment needs 
  • Marine Travelift’s team of factory-trained field service technicians are available for immediate dispatch  
  • Get expert training, support, and inspections at your marina for your specific boat handling equipment from our team of experts 
  • Utilize our remote diagnostics capabilities to get the expert solutions you need, faster 
  • Extensive in-house inventory of OEM parts that ship across the globe 

Join the Team

From engineering to machine fabrication and then to industrial painting and assembly manufacturing, our team has built our industrial marina equipment at our facilities in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for decades. If you are interested in a career where you can take part in creating equipment that is used daily at marinas and shipyards across the globe, Marine Travelift is the place for you.  

QAS Certified Quality System

At Marine Travelift we hold ourselves to a higher standard. That is why we are certified by QAS according to Standard ISO 9001:2015, allowing us to offer our customers a high level of consistent products and services 

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