GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has installed four floating dry docks at Gladstone Marina.

The new docks are to be available for boats up to three tonnes.

Gladstone Marina superintendent David Osmond said these berths would give the average trailer boat owner easy access to some of the most pristine waterways.

“Living only a stone’s throw from the Great Barrier Reef and with beautiful local islands, the provision of floating dry docks will allow easy use of your vessel without the normal worries of trailering, launching, boat ramps or storage issues at home,” Mr Osmond said.

“The floating dock allows easy solo operation, unlike launching at the ramp which can sometimes need a full crew of people,” he said.

Superior Jetties CEO John Hogan, the manufacturer and installer of the docks, said it was great to see Gladstone taking up the higher yields on offer from smaller marina berths to store vessels out of the water.

“In this way the vessels are presented in pristine condition to the waterways without any antifoul products and the performance of the hull is enhanced thus saving on fuel use,” Mr Hogan said.

People, community and sustainability general manager Rowen Winsor said it was all about convenience and easy access to local waterways.

“The floating docks turns one berth into four, and with low maintenance we see it as a fantastic addition to our Marina,” she said.