Ohio marinas purchase Marine Travelift Mariner Forklifts
Two Ohio marinas have purchased new Marine Travelift
Forklifts from Interstate Lift Truck, an established Marine Travelift dealer
for 20 years.
The sales, Marine Travelift says, are a positive indication
that the marina economy is growing from its 2008 economic decline. Since then, the
company says, vessels have continued to develop in size and weight, and
Foxhaven Marina and Whiskey Island Marina remain invested in the future of the
Rack storage has been a primary source of revenue for
Foxhaven Marina since 1973. So when the company’s lift truck needed to be
replaced, the marina searched for a high-quality forklift to endure the
everyday physical demands of a marina environment. After doing some product
research, Foxhaven Marina purchased a new Marine Travelift Mariner Forklift
“It was a necessity — our old lift truck was wearing out and
we knew we needed to invest in a quality product. So we chose Marine
Travelift,” says Todd Jagucki, vice president of marina operations, in a Marine
Travelift press release.
Located on the southern shores of Lake Erie in Port Clinton,
Ohio, Foxhaven offers a variety of amenities, including over 670 docks up to
70-feet, 250,000 sq. ft. inside storage, a 20-ton hoist, in and out rack
storage, a fuel dock, maintenance and mechanical boat repair, and pump out
The marina utilizes its indoor rack storage to protect
vessels from weather and extreme temperatures.
“We can accommodate about 350 boats for winter storage and
winterize around 525 boats per season,” Jagucki says.
Jagucki collaborated with Marine Travelift engineers to find
the best fit for the marina.
“Because our buildings were already built, our biggest
problem was finding a lift truck that could work within the dimensions we had,”
he says. “Marine Travelift was very helpful in providing us drawings and
sketches that showed us our maximum length of boat loaded on the forklift and
the abilities of the forklift turning in our building.”
The Mariner Forklift M1500 is primarily used to lift smaller
(under 25 feet) cuddy cabin type boats, personal watercraft and small jet boats.
The extra-wide stance provides improved stability during high lifts and the
shorter wheelbase allows for greater maneuverability inside storage buildings,
Marine Travelift says.
“We have the benefit of not only selling the best equipment
for the marine industry — Marine Travelift — but also providing great parts and
service support for customers after a sale,” says John Styrcula, Interstate
Lift Truck sales, parts and service manager, in the press release.
Foxhaven Marina sees new opportunities since purchasing the
Marine Travelift Mariner Forklift M1500.
“Since buying and using the forklift we have recognized the
potential of lifting heavier boats that we weren’t able to do before,” Jagucki
Whiskey Island Marina, located on Lake Erie in downtown
Cleveland, also invested in a new Marine Travelift forklift from Interstate
Lift Truck. The Marine Travelift Mariner M2500 is capable of lifting 25,000 pounds.
“We needed the capacity of the Marine Travelift Mariner
Forklift M2500 for the boats we handle and a machine that could operate in our
aisle space,” says Tim Poole, Whiskey Island’s general manager, in the press
Whiskey Island Marina lifts powerboats and sailboats of all
sizes and has seen an increase in business since purchasing the forklift.
“Business has been good,” Poole says, “but more importantly
we can now handle larger vessels safely and quickly, while maximizing our yard
Poole says he is very satisfied with the marina’s purchase.
“We bought the Marine Travelift Mariner Forklift M2500
because of Marine Travelift’s quality reputation and Interstate Lift Truck’s
superior service,” he says. “They were very helpful in showing us the correct
machine for our application, along with the complete Marine Travelift product
line that is offered for any future needs.”