Advancing the Modern Marina has been an arduous process until the release of AUTODockit. Past implementations and even more recent advancements have clung to two limiting factors: (1) end Loading of boats and (2) using machines that combine both vertical and horizontal movement.
End Loading of Boats: Using this approach dictates that the drive aisles are wider than necessary to accommodate the length of the boat and the equipment used to store the vessel. The wide drive aisles reduce available space for dry slips. AUTODockit’s drive aisle range from 12’ – 14’ versus 45’- 90’. AUTODockit can often double the density as compared to a traditional approach.
Combination of Vertical and Horizontal Movement: The notion that a single machine can provide vertical and horizontal movement intuitively seems more efficient. Unfortunately for boat storage, it is just the opposite. Forklifts have height limitations due to boat size and weight. Overhead cranes become a single point of failure and do not allow for concurrency of movement. Therefore adding storage density without throughput is pointless because you cannot satisfy user demand for retrieval.
These two factors are NOT the only ones impacting transforming marinas into higher density and efficient operational facilities to improve the user experience. For an expanded list see Marina Technologies Comparison Summary Table below.
Forklift – Limited by forklift reach and fraught with opportunities of human error
Overhead Crane – Needs cut into building and 14’ of space for crane
Stacker Crane – Single Point of Failure, Trained Operator
Stacker Crane with Frontal Boat Launcher – Trained Operator and Technology based in Argentina.
Stacker Elevator with Wet Lift – No currency of movement. Linear process of height and length by one component.