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STURGEON BAY, WI (January 17, 2017) – Marine Travelift has recently delivered a 50 BFMII mobile boat hoist (50 metric ton) to Snead Island Boat Works in Palmetto, Florida. This joins a fleet of four existing machines ranging from 15-75 metric tons and is the ninth Marine Travelift to call Snead Island home.

Snead Island Boat Works is a family owned and operated business since 1936 and has seen the boat hoist industry evolve with each passing year. From the first machine purchased back in 1968 to the latest addition in 2016, Marine Travelift has provided Snead Island with a high-quality product to service its customers for 50 years.

“Through the years we’ve seen the different models and all of the new features and options Marine Travelift has to offer,” said Gary Alderman, owner and manager at Snead Island. “They continue to evolve with the industry, and it’s been really neat to witness the evolution of the boat hoist in front of our own eyes.”

This long lasting relationship has helped pave the way for Gary and his staff for many years. As both his family business and the marina industry continue to evolve, so does the need to provide the highest-quality product for his customers.  The new 50 BFMII mobile boat hoist at Snead Island features improvements such as industrial tires, remote diagnostics, a custom top beam extension to accommodate the high volume of sailboats in the area, wireless remote control with digital load readout, and easier access for machine maintenance and engine compartment access. These continuous improvements have led to lower maintenance costs as well as more efficient operations.

“We never even thought about looking anywhere else. The reliability of the product, the local experience and support of Harris Equipment, along with the overall quality made this an easy choice,” said Alderman. “We have a very long lasting working relationship with Marine Travelift, which in turn, made this a very successful process.”

Snead Island has expressed its satisfaction with the new mobile boat hoist and looks forward to keeping up with all of the continuous innovations happening at Marine Travelift. The new 50 BFMII has made an instant impact at Snead Island, as more picks are being made and a wider range of vessels are being served.

For more information about Marine Travelift and its full range of mobile boat hoists, forklifts, and transporters, call (920) 743-6202, email the sales team at or visit

The world’s first mobile boat hoist was conceptualized and manufactured in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1945. Officially established in 1954, Marine Travelift Inc. has a long-standing reputation as a marine industry leader and is recognized for its tradition of excellence on a global scale. The company manufactures mobile boat hoists, marine forklifts, self-propelled transporters and other related marine lifting products. It also has an extensive U.S. and international dealer network, with more than 3,500 units in service worldwide.