A MARINE AGRI MAX!
Norway is synonymous with sailors: since the days of the Vikings, the Norwegians have always crossed the seas, and continue to do so in their free time! They undoubtedly benefit from over 21,000 kilometres of jagged coastline, interspersed with countless fjords and characteristic, small rocky islands called skerries. Contrary to what one might think, the climate along the Norwegian coast is not as frigid as the interior of the country, due to the Gulf Stream flowing along Norway’s coast and heating its waters, which keeps the average winter temperatures above zero, even in some areas north of the Polar Circle. But there is a downside. Between autumn and early winter, icy air from the country’s interior frequently collides with milder and more humid maritime air, generating violent storms that engulf the coastline. For this reason, during the stormy season, it is common practice to haul out boats and repair them indoors. It also happens here in Dypedal–close to the border with Sweden, near Vesterøy and south of Oslo—which is home to the Hvaler Marinesenter, a centre specialising in the maintenance and storage of fishing boats and the many wonderful yachts with which modern Norwegians satisfy their love for the sea. In winter, when sailing is impossible, the yachts in the local marina are hauled out using the centre’s slipway and stored in a boathouse, where they are stored and maintained over the winter, before being returned to the water the following spring. This is done using a special trailer capable of support vessels weighing up to 47 tonnes, which is towed by an Agri Max 65.8 VS Evo2 supplied to Hvaler Marinesenter by Trucktech AS, Dieci’s Norwegian distributor. The Agri Max is the ideal vehicle for this job, thanks to the 103 Kw output by its Stage IIIb/Tier4i FPT engine, and above all the INCHING pedal control, which allows the vehicle to advance slowly, even with the engine running at full speed. When a boat is hauled out, it must be gently seated onto the trailer mounts, before the Agri Max pulls it out of the water with a slow but steady movement. Once the yacht is on dry land, the Agri Max tows it into the boathouse, where it will spend the winter positioned on supports and subjected to annual maintenance. Thanks to its power and agility, the Agri Max is able to accurately position boats next to each other inside the crowded boathouse. When the calm season arrives, the procedure is repeated in reverse: The yachts and other boats are repositioned on the trailer, the Agri Max then launches them down the slipway slowly to prevent damage, letting the weight of the boat transfer progressively from the trailer to the water as it starts to float, without causing damage to sensitive parts such as propellers, rudders and transmission shafts. It is a job that requires lots of power in controlled bursts, which only the Agri Max can deliver.