Painting an Aluminum Boat
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00:00 am
Painting an Aluminum Boat
Aluminum is one of the most often-used and highly-regarded building materials when it comes to boats. It is light and sturdy, and it provides a smooth, easy ride through even the roughest waters. Painting an aluminum boat is not a difficult process, but it does require a lot of effort and energy to make sure that it is done correctly. In this article, we will go over what you need to paint an aluminum boat properly, including preparation, special considerations, and after-painting care.
Know the Problems Associated with Paint on Aluminum
There are problems that occur when it comes to paint on aluminum. Paint blisters, and the sight of flaws on painted boats, no matter what material the boats are, is nothing new. Getting paint to stick on aluminum is not always easy, and many people who buy secondhand boats report that they have a difficult time getting the old, chipped, and damaged paint off of the boat so that they can repaint it. Frustrating as it may be, it is extremely important to make sure that you are fixing any structural problems with the boat before slapping on a coat of paint. Aluminum itself is great. It is resistant to corrosion. Marine-grade aluminum is resistant to rust and corrosion. However, it does oxidize. The film that the aluminum develops is tough and transparent, and while it sturdily protects the boat from damage, it isn’t always beautiful to look at. Oxidized aluminum can leave your boat looking dull; hence, why you need a paint job.
In order to paint an aluminum boat successfully, you need paint that is able to do the job at a rate of high-performance, and two-part paints are a good way to do that. You should know that once painted, aluminum isn’t able to form that layer of oxidization that otherwise is so helpful to keeping the boat resilient. Two-part paints provide protection while also balancing for aesthetic appeal. Regular paint works well until it is breached, and then it becomes a problem. A breach occurs when water infiltrates the paint. It can be resisted for a reasonable amount of time, especially as the oxidization occurs, but eventually, water continues to work its way under the coating and this causes the outside of the boat to break down. The pitting of the aluminum is not only aesthetically displeasing, it is also hazardous.
How to Avoid Problems
It’s not easy to avoid paint corrosion and damage. In fact, some would say it is nearly impossible. That is why you have to strategize your painting job. After getting the boat ready to be painted, you should paint the boat and then protect it with a sealant. If you see that the paint is beginning to chip, you should apply pliable sealant to protect the water from entering. High-performance paints, combined with sealant, are a good way to ensure that your boat is protected from the elements in at least a minimal sense.
Vigilance is a Major Key
When using a boat, it can be all-too-easy to forget that you should keep looking to make sure that you are vigilant about inspecting the boat for any “wounds” or signs of corrosion. Before painting, you should soften all the rough edges. This way, you’ll be able to avoid the spread of corrosion and promote a healthy exterior. Check the boat regularly for problems, and apply sealant to any “wounds” you may see. Aluminum is an understandably-popular boat construction material, and painting it should always be done carefully and thoroughly. While aluminum doesn’t corrode, it does oxidize, dulling the boat’s appearance. By using high-performance paint and sealant, you will be able to slow down any damage and reduce exterior chipping.
4 Superyachts You Can See at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00:00 am
Whether you are looking to purchase a boat, an avid yachter, or just want to stay up to date on all of the latest boat designs, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the place to be.
About the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
This year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be held from the 3rd to the 7th of November. It is the 57th year of this occasion held in the “Yachting Capitol of the World” and you can expect to see everything from jet and ski boats to cabin cruisers to superyachts. The show will feature all of the latest designs in a number of boating categories.
4 Superyachts You Will See
#1: Northern Star
This impressive 247-foot yacht named Northern Star comes courtesy of Moran Yacht and Ship who worked with interior designer Pauline Nunns and builders Lurssen. It features six decks, open air dining, a large outdoor pool, and more. Its charming interior uses a lot of white woodwork and large windows for a sophisticated environment. Northern Star also has power that you can feel, but not hear. It can get up to speeds of 17 knots but features an advanced sound and vibration system that limits noise.
Yachtzoo is the company offering Meridian, a yacht that offers luxury for everyone from the guests to the crew. It is 205 feet long and has a large deck that is partially covered by canopies, which gives you the option to lounge in the sun or the shade. It features 2 master suites, 4 other luxury staterooms, and 9 cabins to support 18 crew members. It is large enough to very comfortably sleep 12 guests. The interior was designed by Cristiano Gatto. It is very modern and features a glossy wood design with plenty of woods like walnut Canaletto, rosewood, mahogany, and ebony.
Burgess Yachts is the company offering the sleek superyacht Areti. Areti is nearly 200 feet in length and features a white exterior with a light wooden sundeck. The inside was designed by Patrick Knowles and it features mahogany veneer, marbles like onyx and granite, and a number of other tones that offers a classic design. Areti has all of the amenities you would expect of a luxury yacht, including an indoor Jacuzzi, a viewing deck that offers a 360 degree view, and even an elevator that takes you between floors.
Another yacht you will see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show is ROCK.IT, which also comes in at just under 200 feet of length. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects came together to work on this yacht to create a final masterpiece that is spectacular to say the least. The outside is as sleek as it is fast and the inside comes with all of the comforts of a luxury cruise ship and more. It offers plenty of sundeck space (in the sun and shaded) and a 360-degree view that is to die for.
In addition to a gorgeous design, ROCK.IT features a maneuvering system that is often used in naval applications with intuitive joystick control. This comes with an autopilot system, plenty of speed, and all the latest cutting edge boating technology.
Whether you are a yacht connoisseur or you are just looking to keep up on all the latest in boating, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is definitely the place to be this year. Be sure to check out the four superyachts while you are there- you will definitely be impressed!
Yachting in Florida Just Became a Whole Lot Better
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:10:00 am
When it comes to yachting, Florida is one of the world’s premier destinations. The state is surrounded by water on 3 of its 4 sides, so it has plenty of spots for you to stop. But, what makes yachting in Florida so great? It comes down to its perfect weather, the culture that each city offers, and so much more.
The Weather is Perfect
Whether you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy some warm weather while your hometown is cold or you want to enjoy the tropical weather of Florida, yachting is the way to do it. Florida offers a hot, tropical climate and once you get by the ocean, there is almost zero humidity. Plus, if it gets too hot, you can always jump into the ocean for a swim.
There are Boat Shows Galore
During the summer months, various ports around Florida hold International Boat Shows. Some of the hosts of these boat shows include Miami, Tampa Bay, and the “Yachting Capitol of the World,” Fort Lauderdale. With plenty of sparkling waters and port cities to choose from, there are a number of boat shows across the state every season. Check out the boat shows to see all the latest in jet and ski boats, luxury yachts, and more.
The Ocean Stays Sparkling and the Beaches Stay Clean
The cleanest lakes in the country cannot compare to the white beaches and sparkling waters that surround the Sunshine State. You can look at the gorgeous coastline from your yacht or even lay out on the white sand beaches when your yacht makes a stop. Too hot? Take a dip in the crystal clear waters or scuba dive to check out what lies beneath the water.
There is Plenty of Exploring to Do
Florida has tons of opportunities for exploring. Take some time to explore the marshland of the Everglades or climb some of the mountains that stretch across Florida’s coastline. If it gets too hot for this type of exploring, Florida is also a prime location for scuba diving. There is tons of coral reef, underwater life, and even shipwrecks that you can explore.
Every City Has Its Own Culture
One of the great things about yachting around Florida is that every city has its own culture and it just gets better every year. Some areas are known for their high-quality cuisine while others give you a chance to explore Florida’s nightlife. You will also find a number of yachting destinations that are filled with historical landmarks like art galleries and museums.
You Can Jet On Over to the Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands are each their own little community. You can easily take your yacht from island to island and see what each has to offer. Some are known for their historical or cultural significance, while others are known for their crystal clear beaches and incredible hiking opportunities. The Caribbean is not far from Florida, so it should definitely be on your list of stop to make on your yacht.
So, Why Does Yachting in Florida Keep Getting Better?
Regardless of where you choose to dock your yacht and explore, Florida just promotes fun and relaxation. You can lounge in the sun on the beach or from the sundeck of your yacht and take a dip in the crystal clear waters whenever you get too hot. The wildlife of Florida is also not going anywhere, as the laws in the state protect the natural environment. Finally, there is always something to do in the coastal towns and the attraction just grow in number over the years. Don’t miss out- book your Florida cruise today.
Top 5 Yachting Destinations in Florida
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00:00 am
Florida is surrounded on 3 of its sides by water. Naturally, this, paired with the tropical climate of Florida makes the state a perfect candidate for yacht exploration. With all of the options, however, how can you possibly decide where you want to go first? Regardless of where you start, be sure to put these top 5 Florida yachting destinations on your list.
#1: Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Jacksonville, Florida is a city that leads to the state’s largest inner waterway, the St. John’s River. It is located in a prime position to offer yachters all the best in cuisine and lodging and is filled with marinas, ship supply stores, and plenty of docks. After passing through this town, be sure to head about 40 miles south to check out St. Augustine, the oldest city in America. It was established by Spanish settlers in 1565 and is home to plenty of history in the form of art galleries, museums, and historic tours. It is even home to the Castillo de San Marcos, which was built by the Spaniards in 1672.
#2: Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Pensacola
These three yachting attractions are located very close to each other and are definitely somewhere you should not miss if fishing is one of your interests. Fort Walton Beach is home to plenty of beaches and harbors to visit, as well as incredible deep-sea fishing. Destin is another fishing hotspot, known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” It has incredible emerald green waters, plenty of fishing tournaments to entertain you, and the claim of five separate world records for saltwater fishing. Finally, Pensacola offers a place to rest with white-sand beaches and sheltered harbors galore.
#3: Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is home to more than 40,000 yachts and features over 300 miles of inland waterways, earning it the titles of “Yachting Capitol of the World” and “Venice of America.” It is located near the Gulf Stream, making it an ideal spot for fishing. You will also find that there are miles of coral reef just a little off shore, which is a haven for scuba divers. Another thing to note is that Fort Lauderdale is a prime spot for great cuisine- there are thousands of restaurants throughout the county and you will find a little bit of something for everyone.
#4: St. Petersburg
Are you looking to check out Florida’s night life or do you prefer a day excursion to places like Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, and Anclote Key? This area boasts some of Florida’s most popular white-sand beaches and all the hustle and bustle you would expect from a busy city. You can plan day excursion, hit the night life, listen to some live music, or even catch a game at Tropicana field. It is a destination that can provide any number of experiences.
#5: The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys describes a group of islands, each of them with its own personality. The great thing about the Keys is that there is literally something for everyone on your yacht to do, whether you are interested in catching some deep sea fish or scuba diving to explore coral reefs and ship wrecks. The islands span across more than 125 miles, so you are sure to stay busy on your excursion. You may even want to spend a few days yachting across this popular Florida yachting destination so you do not miss anything.
Yachting is a great water sport for anyone with a yacht and a license. If you get the chance to hit Florida on your adventures, be sure to check out these 5 best yachting destinations.
Consider These 3 Things When Hiring Yacht Services
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:05:00 am
Have you ever dreamed of yachting across the crystal clear waters of a world-famous yachting destination or hopping from island to island on a yachting adventure? If you are like most people, you have had this dream at least once. When it comes to reality, however, you do not necessarily have the funds or the capability to purchase and drive a yacht.
This is why yacht services exist. Yacht charters can take you to any number of destinations around the world, depending on the course you choose. While they are nowhere near as expensive as buying your own yacht and stocking it for a trip, they can still come at a price. Follow these 3 guidelines when choosing a yacht charter to have the best experience- for your vacation and your wallet.
#1: Choose Your Charter Broker Carefully
Most people know that when they are traveling, it is easiest to work with a travel agent, few know that a yacht broker is the person you should contact when you are looking for yacht services. Yacht brokers go through the details like where the yacht is going, the types of activities on the yacht, how much it is going to cost, and more. When you are choosing a broker, be sure that you ask whether or not they have actually been on the boat and met the crew. Many of them have stepped foot on the boat and met the crew but you may find that some have not done so. Those who have not will usually not be able to provide the best match for your yachting expedition.
#2: Specifics of Your Trip
It is up to the captain of the yacht where you will be stopping and when. This is why it is important that you choose a charter that is making stops in the places where you want to go. For the most part, you will find a charter making some of the best stops and you are going to have a great time. If you plan on being in town for a specific tournament or festival, make sure you mention it to your broker. He or she will be able to find you a charter that is passing through at the time you want to be in the area. Another factor to consider is whether or not entertainment is offered on the boat. Some yachts have things like kayaks, scuba gear, and jet skis on board, while others are minimalist. You will even find some that have small helicopters on board.
#3: The Services that Are Offered
You should ask about the services on the boat in regards to two things- how the crew interacts with the people aboard the ship and what amenities will be offered on the yacht. If you want to have a good time, it is important that you choose a charter boat with a crew that meshes well with your personality. After all, you don’t want to be stuck on a boat with a bunch of stiff people when you are trying to have a good time. Ask your broker if they have met the crew and how they interact with clientele to make sure it will be a good fit.
You should also consider the amenities that are offered. Some yachts have things like an all-you-can-eat buffet or five-course dinners. Others offer room service and food that you must pay for at the end of your excursion. Make sure to ask questions about things like this to be sure you are getting a good match.
There you have it. The top considerations you should make when hiring yacht services. Best of luck and happy vacationing!