Bay of Plenty-based Balex Marine want to revolutionise recreational boaters’ access to water.
Their automatic boat loader makes the launch and retrieval process for trailer boats a much-simpler affair. Able to be operated solo, the Balex Automatic Boat Loader means no wet feet, no clambering down the ramp to attach the winch, no slow electronic winch or manual cranking. It also means increased access to the ocean without relying on strength or a team effort.
Balex created the new product with the aim of ramping back up boaters’ enjoyment of their time on the water. It allows for launch and retrieval at the touch of a button, with controlled movement that doesn’t rely on gravity, meaning boats can be launched from steep, or shallow ramps – or from the beach.
Strong pulling power means the trailer spends less time in the water, and also negates the need to use the boat’s engine while loading; a practise which is increasingly frowned upon by regional authorities.
Patented technology sees hydraulic rollers power the boat quickly and safely, on and off the trailer, with enough torque to tackle 5000kg. It fits to new and existing trailers, requires no modifications to the boat and works equally as well for glass and aluminium-bottomed boats.
Under development for more than five years, the Balex team’s hard work was recognised in May when the product was awarded Most Innovative Local Product award at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.