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The Best Yacht Services to Keep your Boat in Top Shape


Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

If you own a yacht, you’re probably aware how important it is to maintain the boat. It is exposed to harsh elements like the sun and the sea whenever you take it out for a spin. While a yacht is designed to withstand these forces to some extent, you still need to maintain it well to ensure that your boat looks and performs well at all times.

For this, you need the services of expert professionals that can provide diversified yacht services. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we offer comprehensive solutions and repairs. Here’s a list of services we offer.

  • Marine Carpentry - Marine carpentry is a highly specialized field that requires precision and knowledge. These carpenters create furniture and fittings that can withstand marine environments. While normal carpenters might be more affordable, the marine carpenters will deliver more reliable results. At Fosters, marine carpentry has been a part of our diversified yacht services for a long time. Our carpenters use marine grade materials to create features that are resilient and of very high-quality.
  • Fiberglass Boat Repair- It’s not uncommon for the fiberglass hull of a yacht to sometimes get damaged. Fortunately, it’s also quite easy to repair. If the damage is small, the repair doesn’t take much time. You’ll be sailing in a matter of days. However, you need an experienced professional to handle it if you want the repairs to last long without causing problems.
  • Yacht Refits and Restorations- Just like your home, your yacht needs restoration and refitting every once in a while. Whether you want to add a new kitchenette or upgrade the electronics, we can handle it for you. We like to ensure that our diversified yacht services are as comprehensive as possible and offer everything from design and material selection, to building and finishing the work.
  • Fairing- The exterior finish of your yacht doesn’t just affect its aesthetic beauty, but its performance too. If the finish isn’t smooth and clean, the yacht would look old and dull. The uneven surface would increase drag and friction, affecting the speed and performance of your boat. That’s why you need an expert in fairing, who will ensure that the surface is as smooth as it can possibly be.
  • Boat Painting- The visual appeal of the boat depends on its size, design, polish, and paint. If the paint and polish isn’t clean and even, the beauty of your boat would be compromised. The paint also acts as a layer of protection for the vessel. Boat painting is one of our most popular offerings. It has been a part of our diversified yacht services for several years now, and we know the process like the back of our hand.
  • Prop Speed Application- When your boat is in the water, it’s exposed to a number of elements that can hamper its performance. One of these elements is marine growth. It will adhere to all the metal surfaces that are under water unless proper protection like Prop Speed is applied. This application should be a part of your boat’s yearly maintenance. Our team has been trained by the Prop Speed staff & goes through upgrade training every year; this ensures their knowledge about application techniques is up to the mark and they do an excellent job.

Other Services Our capable staff ensures the diversified yacht services we offer exceed your expectations on all fronts. We want to ensure that we’re the one-stop shop for all your boat repair and maintenance needs and the range of other services we offer are:

  • Tank Pressure Testing
  • Marine Interior Refinishing
  • Yacht Interior Upgrades
  • Interior Design
  • Marine Electrical Repair
  • Hard Tops and Enclosures
  • Fiberglass Hull Extensions
  • Aluminum Boat Repair

As you can see, we’ve got almost everything covered. If you don’t find what you need on this list, you can easily get in touch with us. For information on yacht week or about our diversified yacht services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at info@fostersyachtservices.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Everything You Need to Know About Yacht Week


Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:30:00 pm

If you’re a boating enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Yacht Week. Even someone who’s not a fan of yachts and traveling via water will have heard of it. This event tends to draw a lot of attention, and people from all over the world want to participate in it; it’s an entire week of fun and boating. Several of our clients here at Foster’s Yacht Services have expressed their desire to participate in this event. They usually hand their boats over to us for yacht repair while they head towards exotic destinations for the week.

What is Yacht Week?

Yacht Week is a week-long fun fest. You can go to different, exotic locations, enjoy local cuisine, and get access to exclusive events. It’s a good idea to take a group of friends along with you so that you have familiar people to have a blast with. However, you can easily go alone. Yacht Week is very popular and most yachts easily fill up with like-minded people.

Whether you go alone or in a group, you’re bound to have plenty of fun. It’s just a week to be carefree in and enjoy the sea. Every day, you’ll wake up to new scenery and explore a different port. Sometimes, you catch glimpses of places you’ve only seen in movies. It’s an experience of a lifetime.

Destinations

For people in Florida, The British Virgin Islands are the closest destination for Yacht Week. Even though that might seem like a small destination, you can visit a number of different places here. Usually, every day is spent by a different port. Here are some of the destinations and the ports you will visit:

  • The British Virgin Islands – As we mentioned before the BVL is the closest destination for Americans. The ports you’ll visit are Marina Cay, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Normal Islands, Tortola, Peter Island, and Jost Van Dyke.
  • Croatia – This is the most popular destination and is often called the Home of the Yacht Week. The beautiful places you’ll visit are Regatta Day, Split, Hvar, Natural Bay, Vis, and Komiza.
  • Greece – This is the Saronic Route and also very popular. You get to explore this ancient place and sample some excellent Greek food. You’ll visit Hydra, Poros, Ermioni, Dhokos, Porto Heli, and Alimos or Lavrio. This is definitely a place where you can party hard and enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise as well.
  • Turkey – Known as the Turquoise Route, Turkey is a destination for those with an adventurous spirit. The places you will visit are Sarsala, Fethiye, Ciftlik, Ekincik, Gemiler Adasi, Gocek, and Marmaris.
  • Italy – Who doesn’t love Italy? The Aeolian Route is also very popular, especially because of the Italian food and wine. You will visit Lipari, Panarea, Portorosa - Vulcano, and Stromboli.
  • Thailand – If you want to truly experience an exotic destination, Thailand should be your pick. The Thai Route would take you to Phuket, Khai Islands, Maprao Islands, Krabi, Railay, Koh Mukh and Koh Lanta, and Phi Phi. This is the second most popular destination for people who do the Yacht Week.
  • Ultra Europe – This is a two week event and takes you to the most vibrant musical event you’ll ever experience. The destination is Croatia and the places you’ll visit are Vis, Regatta Day, Split, Hvar, Natural Bay, and Komiza.

For Boaters and Inexperienced People Alike

If you’re just getting into boating and are planning to buy a yacht, the Yacht Week experience will help. Each yacht has an experienced skipper and fantastic crew. They will take the time to teach you the basics of boating and tell you about essential maintenance and yacht repair that you might need to do.

They might also teach you how to handle the boat and different conditions in the sea. The entire experience will show you just how wonderful boating is and it’s worth every penny you spend on it.

For information on yacht week or about our yacht repair services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at info@fostersyachtservices.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Taking Care of the Waterline is an Important Part of your Yacht Repair and Maintenance


Posted by Chris Savage on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

Your yacht is exposed to harsh conditions every time you take it out for a spin. The salty breeze, the hard water, marine growth, etc, will work against you and cause a number of problems to your boat. If you maintain your boat regularly, you can extend its life and keep the problems from building up.

As the more visible part of the boat, the space above the waterline usually gets the most attention. You’ll wash it regularly, get it detailed every year, and make sure that your boat looks sparkling clean. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we advise our clients to give the same attention the areas along and under the waterline.

Cleaning Near the Waterline

Your boat most likely has ablative paint below the waterline. These paints are self-polishing and would keep the anti-fouling coat exposed. However, most ablative paints are also soft and can be smeared. That’s why you need to be careful. Professionals that provide yacht repair and maintenance recommend that you use gentle boat soap and soft brushes to clean near the waterline.

Cleaning the line is very similar to cleaning the rest of the boat. You can use a power washer to remove the slime and debris as much as you can. After that, you need to use a brush dipped in soap water to clean the area. We recommend that you work on one small area at a time before moving forward. It’s a good idea to move the brush in one direction, from top to bottom. That way, the waterline would be free of slime and debris.

Under the Waterline

You will most likely identify the issues with the running gear or propeller while you are out at sea. If your boat doesn’t respond well, or feels sluggish, your first priority is to bring it back to the dock safely. It’s important to not push the vessel on your return trip. Instead, bring it back slowly and gently.

After you’ve done that, you need to contact professionals for to inspect the vessel. As we’re talking about the running gear, your boat might have to be hauled to the yard. You need to make sure that the yacht repair and maintenance services company that you use, has the all the equipment needed to conduct a thorough maintenance run.

There are several things that the professional would inspect for signs of corrosion and marine growth. These include:

  • Trim tabs
  • Prop shafts
  • Cutlass bearings
  • Thru hull fittings
  • Shaft seals

The running gear also needs to be balanced and aligned properly. The professional would check this as well. Once this is inspected, you can take advantage of the haul-out and perform the essential yacht repair and maintenance.

The Inspection and Maintenance Process

The inspection and maintenance process is long but it’s not difficult. After a thorough inspection, the maintenance service provider would be able to give you an estimate cost of the repair. Here’s a brief explanation of the process after hauling the boat.

  • Immediately after the boat is hauled, the running gear and all metal areas under the waterline are washed to remove the grease, marine growth, dirt, salt, etc. The pressure washer is used for this purpose.
  • Once the washing is done, the boat is taken to a shaded area specifically set up for maintenance.
  • It is thoroughly inspected for any problems before the service provider gives you an estimate of yacht repair and maintenance.
  • After that, the experts will start working on the propellers, the running gear, and clearances. Metal parts like struts, trim tabs, rudders, bow thrusters, etc need to be inspected for structural integrity.
  • The cutlass bearings, plus shafts, and seals, are inspected for see if they have proper clearance.
  • After that, the maintenance and repairs are performed. The metal components are carefully cleaned and coated with protective layer and paint.

If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our yacht repair and maintenance services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at info@fostersyachtservices.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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All You Need to Know About Marine Carpentry Services


Posted by Chris Savage on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

You might wonder what the difference between normal carpentry and marine carpentry is. After all, carpentry involves cutting and shaping wood, doesn’t it? So what’s specifically different about marine carpentry? At Foster’s Yacht Services, we believe that people underestimate the challenge involved in marine carpentry. We’ve seen several people hire traditional carpenters to handle a marine carpentry job, only to be faced with disappointing results. That’s because the latter is exposed to a very different environment.

Unique Conditions

As you’re aware, the boat is exposed to sea conditions. A marine carpenter would need to build the interior/exterior fixture of a boat, that would be able to withstand salt water, high humidity, sunlight, and harsh winds. These are not exactly ideal conditions for traditional carpentry installations. In fact, normal wood products would deteriorate very quickly in such conditions. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that you hire a professional in marine carpentry for the job.

Materials Used

Just because it’s called marine carpentry doesn’t mean that the project would just involve wood. Wood is very vulnerable to marine conditions so other materials are often used as replacements. These modern materials are able to withstand the conditions better and are much more resilient. Marine carpenters will work with wood, fiberglass, plastic, and other such materials. Traditional carpenters don’t usually have skills with these materials and would be unable to complete a full boat interior job without assistance from a marine carpenter.

What Would a Marine Carpenter Do?

Some professionals are skilled enough to actually build an entire boat from scratch. It is possible for a marine carpenter to use a combination of wood, plastic, and fiberglass to fashion a new boat of good quality and performance. However, such projects are rarely awarded to these professionals. Getting a boat built by hand would be an expensive affair. However, there are several other things that a skilled expert in this field can do. They are listed here:

  • Decking – Marine carpenters can add new/replace old decks on your boat. The decks are usually made from wood like teak that can stand up to the environment and look great as well. The carpenters will use the latest tools and techniques to ensure that the deck is resilient and sturdy.
  • Boat Flooring – The boat flooring is often made of wood as well. Wood adds a very warm tone to the interiors, which makes it appealing to the boat owners. Wood also looks very luxurious; and yachts and luxury often go hand in hand. These floors usually come in different designs, colors, and finishes. You can easily find something that would fit in with the overall design of your boat.
  • Cabinetry – Most people require some form of storage on their boat. You need to store drinks and food items, clothes, and other such necessities. These cabinets are usually custom made from scratch so that they can fit in perfectly in the interior of the boat. They come in different finishes, colors, and designs as well. Cabinetry for yachts need to be specially designed so that the movement of the boat doesn’t cause contents inside to spill or become damaged.
  • Repairs – Marine carpentry services also include repairs of all kinds. Whether you need to get a floor replaced or want to repair the decking. A marine carpenter would be able to repair and restore your boat so that it looks as good as new.
  • Countertops – Installation of stone countertops and solid surfaces is also handled by a marine carpenter. This needs to be done carefully as the boat does move. If the stone is simply placed on the counter, it can shift and fall, damaging your boat. Carpenters know how to securely install granite or marble countertops.

There are several other things a marine carpenter can handle, including repairing holes in the hull, etc. You just need to find a skilled one.

If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our marine carpentry services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at info@fostersyachtservices.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Prop Speed Application is a Must Every Year


Posted by Chris Savage on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:07:00 pm

 

Your yacht goes through a considerable amount of wear and tear every time you take it for a spin. No matter how pretty and clean it looks, it requires regular and diligent maintenance. Most people look at the surface maintenance, but somehow forget the area under the waterline. After all, it’s usually out of sight and in most cases, out of mind too.

Unfortunately, the areas under the waterline are often exposed to marine growth and other such problems. They can compromise the metal parts in this portion and affect the performance of your boat. That’s why, it’s absolutely essential for you to add a protective coat over the metal parts. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we use Propspeed to ensure that the metal parts under your boat are well-coated and protected.

What is Prop Speed?

Propspeed is a protection system that prevents marine growth from attaching itself to the metal parts that are usually submerged in water. The running gear that includes propellers, shafts, struts, sail drives, etc is very vulnerable to fouling. As these parts are constantly exposed to moisture and marine growth, you need to make sure that they’re properly coated.

Propspeed has been one of the best foul release coatings available in the market for over 10 years now. Captains and boat owners alike trust its effectiveness. So, if you want to extend your boat’s lifespan, you need to make sure that the coating is applied properly to all metal parts under the water line.

Why is the Coating Important?

For a moment, consider the iron gates or railings in your home. Even though they’re exposed to water and moisture for only a limited period of time, you take care to put an anti-rust coating on them and paint them once every few years. The metal parts under the water line of your boat are exposed to salty and hard sea water.

They’re exposed to marine growth that can stick to the metal and start damaging it. Naturally, this metal needs to be protected; Propspeed offers that essential protection. When you apply Propspeed, you keep the metal parts working well. If you don’t do this, you’ll face problems like:

  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Excess noise and vibration
  • Loss of speed
  • Loss of optimal performance

As you can see, if there’s no protective coating applied, it’s very likely that your boat wouldn’t function well. That would take all the pleasure away from boating.

Why Apply a Coat Every Year?

The coating has a limited lifespan. Eventually, the sea water and marine growth would wear it down and make it less effective. If you don’t reapply the coat, and try to delay this essential maintenance, the metal parts will start getting damaged. It can be very difficult and expensive to fix that damage. It’s why Propspeed application is a must every year.

This maintenance would ensure the metal parts are adequately protected at all times. While the application of this coating isn’t that difficult, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to handle it. They would make sure that the metal parts are coated thoroughly. If the application isn’t detailed, the marine growth can latch onto the exposed metal and cause problems.

The Process

The process of application is very simple. The step-by-step application is explained on the Propspeed website. The Propspeed kit contains an etching primer, etching primer hardener and a clear coat. You can also purchase a metal cleaning and conditioning system to prepare the metal parts for the coating.

This system consists of Propprep and Propclean. This process of application needs to be followed to the letter to ensure maximum effectiveness. You won’t need any specialized equipment to apply this coating aside from the items required to sand and clean the metal parts and to mix and apply the coat.

If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our yacht services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at info@fostersyachtservices.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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