Boat & Yacht Manufacturing

Enjoy precise and controlled movement of high-value loads

Delivering the controlled movement of high-value loads in boat manufacturing, electric tuggers are trusted to provide maximum maneuverability, even in tight spaces.  

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Moving large, high-value loads in tight spaces… 

For boat and yacht manufacturers, the handling of large, high-value loads can be a challenge.

Manufacturers typically rely on a combination of lifting equipment, such as forklift trucks and overhead cranes to manoeuvre heavy boats, hulls and yacht cradles - resulting in the risk of costly damage.

Using cumbersome material handling equipment in boat manufacturing compromises visibility, meaning production areas often need to be cleared to achieve the necessary clearance, leading to delay and disruption.  

Maximum control in boat building material handling  

With a single operator able to safely move loads of 154,000 lbs. and beyond, electric tuggers help boat and yacht manufacturers reduce their reliance on diesel forklift trucks, heavy lifting equipment and fixed systems.

Delivering the safe, controlled movement of boat cradles, electric tuggers provide unrivaled visibility, ensuring loads are moved with ultimate precision. Remote controlled electric tuggers are available for total flexibility and maximum visibility.  

The benefits of electric tugs in boat manufacturing  

Boat and yacht manufacturers need material handling solutions that deliver pinpoint accuracy and controlled movements.

Electric tuggers offer a flexible solution enabling the secure, safe movement of loads throughout tight production facilities.       

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  • Compact machine

    Compact machines to deliver precision   

    With a unique compact design, electric tuggers deliver the precise movement of the biggest loads, even in congested production areas.  

  • Manoeuvrability

    Maximum control  

    Streamlining the movement of heavy loads, electric tuggers help you create leaner processes and reduce downtime.   

  • Improve flexibility

    The power and flexibility you need   

    Electric tow tugs deliver the heavy-duty movement of loads, and the flexibility manufacturers need to keep production running.   

Our range of boat moving electric tugs

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Remote Control Technology 

Maximize visibility when moving the heaviest loads

The controlled movement of boats and yachts with electric tuggers – but with the added benefit of remote control operation.

Remote control operation enables operators to stand away from the load and have the ideal vantage point, unlocking greater visibility and allowing operators to maintain a safe distance from loads.   

Trusted by industry leaders      

The world’s most prestigious yacht and boat manufacturers trust MasterMover’s powerful, compact electric tugs to make the movement of loads safer and more efficient…  

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The beauty of the MasterTug is it’s ease of use, it’s serviceability and its compact proportions, which means it can be used productively inside our premises without taking any further space.

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tuggers used to move in the boat building industry?    

Across boat and yacht manufacturing, electric tow tugs are used to move a wide variety of equipment and components such as: 

  • Boat cradles
  • Molds
  • Hulls
  • Yacht cradles
  • Yachts
  • Components
What types of control options are available?   

Electric tuggers are available with multiple control options designed to maximize safety and efficiency.   

Pedestrian operated electric tuggers allow a single operator to safely maneuver even the heaviest loads with confidence, removing manual handling and reliance on forklift trucks.    

Remote control operation is available to deliver maximum visibility by allowing operators to take up the ideal vantage point when moving loads, facilitating the seamless movement of loads in congested areas.   

Automated AGV electric tugger removes the need for an operator, automating the movement of heavy loads to maximize efficiency and resource utilization.   

Is an operator license or training required?    

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tug does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximises operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.     

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tug and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.   

How are electric tuggers powered?    

Electric tuggers are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tuggers can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tuggers are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.    

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If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.