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Sturgeon Bay, WI – Marine Travelift has recently delivered a new M2300H (23,000 lbs. capacity) Hydro M_Drive marine forklift to The Boat House Chicago on the Fox Chain O’Lakes.  The Boat House is a one-stop-shop for all things boating in the Chicagoland area and is the sole marina on The Chain O’Lakes equipped with multiple negative lift marine fork trucks.  The new Marine Travelift unit is another step toward their vision of being recognized as the Ultimate Boating Experience.

The Boat House - Chicago on the Fox Chain O'Lakes

The Boat House started their search for a new marina forklift after encountering numerous repairs to their existing forklift brands and the difficulties and expenses associated with sourcing parts and labor for the older machines.  A Marine Travelift fork truck was ultimately the choice as their commitment to quality, and attention to detail, stood out during the entire process. “Working with Marine Travelift was an exceptionally positive experience”, said Don Schnurr, General Manager at The Boat House – Chicago. He added, “From the informative factory tour to the effective communication and transparency in our interactions, their professional approach confirmed that our significant decision was a smart one.”

The Marine Travelift team made a site visit to the marina in order to fully understand the customer’s needs, take measurements and ensure nothing was being overlooked.  The new M2300H forklift was ultimately outfit with an increased grade package to ensure easy operation in all parts of the yard now and in the future, auto lubrication system for ease of maintenance and a camera system which includes a back up camera and second wireless camera on the carriage to give ultimate visibility to the operator.  “Site visits and discussions on future plans are both essential pieces to any sale”, says Brock Rubens, Director of Sales & Marketing at Marine Travelift. “We ultimately want to provide a solution that fits the customer’s current facility but also works with their future goals.”


Marine Travelift also built the unit with a very short 105” wheelbase to achieve a more precise turning radius and lowered the overall mast height which is necessary to ensure seamless entry and exit through the barn doors.  “Our operators are more assured and secure while handling and relocating boats with the reliability and durability the new machine provides”, explains Schnurr.  “They have developed a strong preference for the new machine and it’s reassuring to witness the confidence in their expression each time they lift and maneuver boats.”

The Boat House is committed to the Ultimate Boating Experience and aims to consistently uphold that commitment by helping customers to enjoy boating that is free from the usual stress, effort and maintenance responsibilities that come with owning a boat. The Marine Travelift M2300H forklift is another show of commitment and constitutes a relied-upon resource for their clientele, facilitating the daily launch and retrieval of their boats in and out of the water.

For more information about Marine Travelift and its full range of marine forklifts, mobile boat hoists and transporters, call (920) 743-6202, email the sales team at or visit  Also, be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn for all the latest company updates.

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 4,000 units in service worldwide.

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