If your boat has been painted too many times you will find that the paint is building up to the point of no return. With too many coats the layer closest to the hull will eventually lose its bond due to the age of the paint and the sheer weight of the paint covering it. We have tried chasing these areas as they pop up and ended up with patchwork bottoms. There is an alternative however. Continue reading
Bad fuel can come from anywhere – you can pick it up at some fuel dock or it can just sit in your tanks long enough to go bad. If dealt with in a timely manner, you can save some expense later. If not, you will need to have your tanks pumped and cleaned.
We do a lot of raw water pump work here, but evidently not enough because we see bad pumps and impellers all the time. Changing impellers should be part of your annual maintenance schedule as well as a per trip visual inspection for leaking pumps.
There are many parts on a boat that are not stainless steel. Most of these would be add ons to a marinized part – such as an engine, or maybe brackets for mechanical parts. In any case, any non-stainless metal in a boat will eventually rust. Where there is rust, there is a boat that is not maintained properly. Continue reading
We see a lot of problems with boats that come in for service. The photo above shows some corrosion found on a boat. Our best guess scenario is that copper based bottom paint was used on metal, causing the massive corrosion. Continue reading
In the winter, we decommission vessels. During that process many things happen that keep the boat from freezing, many of which leave the boat in an “unready” state for use. When spring rolls around we go back and commission systems to put things back in the ready state. Some people do not understand the implications or processes involved with commissioning vessels. When the warmer weather comes, I pull my lawnmower out, prime it a bit and pull the cord. A boat is not that simple. Continue reading
A good bottom job is hardly just slapping a coat of paint on. There is much prep to be done to the bottom and the related gear. We use a check list that we adhere to when we do a bottom to ensure that whomever is doing the job will provide the same level of quality that is given to each job we do. Continue reading