Blog

Industry News

What Should You Do before Taking Your Boat out into the Water


Posted by Christopher Savage on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

So you’ve purchased a new boat and are eager to test it out on the water. Congratulations! You’re in for the time of your life. Boating is a wonderful experience and will allow you to relax and get away from your busy life for a while. But owning a boat isn’t just all roses. It comes with a lot of responsibilities as well.

If you want your boat to function well and your boating experience to be smooth, you need to be prepared. At Forster’s Yacht Services, we believe that if you perform these essential checks before you set off to sail, you’ll avoid a host of problems.

Get a Visual Inspection Done

The first thing you need to do is inspect your boat thoroughly. You should do this every time you set out to sail and every time you’re back from the trip. If the boat is out of the water, check the hull for any signs of cracks and damage. If you see any holes or punctures, get them repaired immediately. The longer you let these problems linger, the more difficult and expensive yacht repair will be. Even a small hole in the hull can ruin your trip and quickly become dangerous.

Safety Equipment

Make sure that you have all the safety gear stacked on board and know all the precautions you need to take before you set sail. If you’re operating the boat, it’s your responsibility to ensure that there’s enough life jackets for all the people present on the boat. You should also make sure that there’s an adequate lifeboat present on the boat.

You should consult a professional on all the safety equipment that needs to be present on the boat. You should also ensure that all of your radar and communications equipment are working well. If you don’t do this, you might put your safety and the safety of everyone on the boat at risk.

Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

This is a very serious risk that you need to consider before you take off on your boat. You should check all the exhaust outlets to ensure that they’re working properly. You should also make sure that all enclosures on the boat are well ventilated. If you’re aware of the areas that pose a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, you’ll be able to avoid it. You can prevent accidents by making sure that an expert examines the state of the outlets during the boat detailing process.

Clean The Boat

It doesn’t matter is your boat is old or new, cleaning is a very important part of its maintenance. You need to give it a thorough rinse and soaping at least once a month to keep it in a good condition. You can do it yourself or hire a professional.

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.  

Want our blog delivered via email? subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Total Votes: 0 Avg Vote: 0

0 Comments | Add a Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share

What is the Process of Boat Detailing and How Important is It?


Posted by Christopher Savage on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

Most new boat owners underestimate just how important boat detailing is. Just because your boat is new doesn’t mean you should skip thorough care and cleaning. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we always encourage people to keep their boats well maintained.

Importance of Detailing

Detailing is a part of essential boat maintenance. Your new boat wouldn’t continue to look shiny without it. When you take your boat out to the sea, it’s exposed to several damaging elements. The water is salty and can be corrosive, the sun’s UV rays can damage the coat, and corals or stones can damage the hull. All these forces can steadily damage your boat.

Regular yacht service will protect your boat and extend its life. Here’s how the entire detailing process is carried out.

  •        Cleaning and Rinsing – The first step is to clean the boat and remove the surface layer of dirt and grime. Every time your boat makes a trip to the sea, it picks up a little more grime. If you allow it to build up, it can damage the boat. If your boat sees regular use, it’s a good idea to wash it once a month. You just need clean water. You can use a pressure washer or a normal hose pipe to rinse the boat from top to bottom. That would take care of the first layer.
  •        Deep Cleaning – After you’ve rinsed, you need to take care of the more stubborn stains. You’ll need boat soap for this. Normal detergent can harm the coating and not be as effective as boat soap. You’ll also need a bucket and a brush, along with a piece of cloth to clean the boat.

Tackle one section at a time, instead of trying to apply soap on the entire boat before rinsing it off. If you allow the soap to dry on the surface, it’ll damage the coating and leave behind ugly stains. Just soap small sections of the boat and instantly rise it off the moment the grime is removed.

  •        Buffing – You can use your hand or a rotary buffer to accomplish this task. Buffing will take care of the stains that soap couldn’t remove. That usually happens when you don’t clean your boat effectively or regularly. After you’ve soaped your boat, if you still find some grime on the surface, you should buff it.
  •        Waxing - When you buff, you’ll remove the shiny coat of your yacht. This is where you might want to call in professional yacht service. Waxing a yacht isn’t easy and requires a lot of elbow grease. You’ll have to wax on and wax off one section after another until your yacht is gleaming.

This is how yacht detailing is done. 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.  

Want our blog delivered via email? subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Total Votes: 0 Avg Vote: 0

0 Comments | Add a Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share

The Basic Steps of Maintaining a Boat


Posted by Christopher Savage on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

You’ve probably spent thousands of dollars to buy a boat, so naturally you want to use it for as long as you can. While yachts are resilient and built to withstand harsh conditions, they require essential maintenance and care. If you neglect your yacht, it’ll start showing wear and tear sooner and start giving you problems. One of the best ways to avoid this is to perform essential maintenance and take care of it.

You can use a professional service to get boat detailing done. But there are some things you can do yourself to keep your boat looking good and functioning well. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we recommend taking the following steps.

Find a Safe Place for the Boat

This is one of the most common mistakes yacht owners make. They just don’t pay enough attention to proper boat storage. Whether you’re putting it away for the winter of just storing it between trips, you need to make sure that it’s stored somewhere safe. While your boat is resilient, it can be damaged by exposure to too much UV rays, rain, snow, cold, wind, etc. Here are some points that you should keep in mind:

  •        Indoor storage is the best option if you want to protect your boat from problems like sun, rain, and cold.
  •        Even when you store your boat inside a garage, you should cover it with a tarp to protect it from the elements. That would ensure that your boat remains in good condition.
  •        If you plan to store your boat outside, you should invest in a good, waterproof tarp that would protect it from the elements.

Inspection and Maintenance

It’s a good idea to inspect the boat thoroughly before and after you’ve used it. Inspecting the boat before you take it out into the water would help you avoid problems when you’re in the middle of the sea. Inspecting it after use would ensure that you conduct yacht repairs the moment a problem is spotted, before it has the chance to become worse. Here is a list of things that you should inspect and maintain well:

  •        Motor – Inspect the motor carefully for rust or corrosion. You should also replace any worn and old hoses and belts. As a part of maintenance, you should flush your engine after every boating trip.
  •        Bilge Pumps – These should be carefully inspected before and after every trip. Make sure that all of the electrical components are in order and have no corrosion. You should also test the float switches and check the alarms.
  •        Oil – It’s never a good idea to venture out without checking the oil levels. If the levels are low, add more oil and make sure that the filter is clean and the oil isn’t dirty.

Other than this, you also should check the electrical system, propeller, and the hull. 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.  

Want our blog delivered via email? subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Total Votes: 0 Avg Vote: 0

0 Comments | Add a Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share

How to Choose the Best Yacht Repair Service?


Posted by Christopher Savage on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 4:00:00 pm

A yacht comes with a lot of responsibilities. While your boat might allow you to explore the seas and enjoy near unprecedented freedom, it also needs proper care and maintenance. Moreover, if your yacht is in need of repair, you need to find a professional to assist you. Trying to repair it yourself might compound the problem and damage your boat. It’s a good idea to find a professional to help, but how can you find the right professional?

Your yacht is a considerable investment; you don’t want to send it in for repairs, only to have it damaged by clumsy hands. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we think that you should follow the steps listed below.

Do Your Research

It’s a simple matter to go online and doing some research. The best yacht repair services would have some online reviews and comments. You can also check their website and see what kind of services they offer. It’s always a good idea to get a basic understanding how the repair service operates. You can check what kinds of experience they have and what kind of packages they offer. This would give you a basic idea about which yacht repair service you should choose.

Asking Your Fellow Sailors

If you have friends amongst the sailing community, you can ask them for recommendations. Everyone has to send their boat in for repairs at one point or the other. If they have owned a yacht for some years, they might know the best repair company in the area. Personal experience is always a good indicator of how trustworthy a company is.

Call the Company

Even if you’ve done your research and asked for recommendations, you should personally speak an expert from your chosen company. That’s the best way to gauge whether they have the skill and experience or not. You can show them your boat and get their opinion on the repair. While you are at it, it might be a good idea to discus boat detailing plans as well.

Regular maintenance will ensure that your boat looks great and performs well at all times. Detailing is a very important aspect of regular maintenance. That’s especially true if you use the boat often. Grime and dirt has a tendency to accumulate on the yacht if it’s not regularly cleaned.

A good yacht service company will offer good detailing plans as well. It’s an unnecessary hassle to assign a repair job to one company and a detailing job to other. If you find a company that does both, you should stick to them. So, after you speak to the expert from the boat repair company and find that their services meet your needs, keep their number on hand for repairs as well as maintenance.

If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our 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.  

Want our blog delivered via email? subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Total Votes: 0 Avg Vote: 0

0 Comments | Add a Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share

Preparing For a Yacht Paint Job

boat painting, preparation for yacht painting, yacht painting
Posted by Christopher Savage on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm

The paint on the yacht can wear down with consistent use, making your pretty boat look dull and battered. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. It can restore your boat’s aesthetic, but also protect it from problems like cracks and salt. Painting a boat is a very long process because you need to make sure that it’s applied properly. Any gap or scratch can easily be a vulnerability that would damage the boat.

Before you get on to painting your boat, you need to ensure that it’s ready for the coat. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we believe that you can apply paint thoroughly and efficiently if you’re organized. Here are the steps you should follow.

Assemble the Right Materials

Before you start working on the boat, collect all the materials you would need. This includes rags, buckets, brushes for cleaning, paints, primers, sandpapers, brushes, fillers, etc, for the paint. Create a shopping list of all the items you would need to complete the job in one stretch. Painting needs to be done systematically otherwise the quality of the paint job wouldn’t be great and it won’t stand the test of time.

Clear the Boat

Once you have all the supplies in place, you should remove all items and possessions from the boat. When you paint, you’ll most likely work on the entire boat instead of the hull. It’s just makes sense to clear the way so you can work without obstacles. Clearing the way also allows you room to clean it thoroughly.

You should also remove the hardware present on the boat. It might be more time consuming, but it’ll ensure that the paint doesn’t damage the hardware of the boat. Professionals will never paint a boat by just masking the windows and the hardware. If they do, they’re not good painters to begin with.

Timing

Believe it or not, the temperature makes a lot of difference in painting. It’s best to paint your boat when the temperature is between 70°F and 80°F and the humidity is at or below 65%. That’s when your efforts would lead to the best results. High humidity and cold temperatures will hinder your paint job and the results would be bad. To avoid this, you should book an indoor facility to paint. You’ll have more control over the temperature and humidity in such cases.

Washing

The next step is to wash the boat. Yes, this might seem like it is a waste of time, but it actually helps the process. When you clean the boat, you remove all the deposits and stains on it. That would allow you to see dents and damages much more easily. It would also lessen the time you’ll have to spend sanding the boat to remove the old layer of paint. As you won’t be removing the dirt and the debris along with the paint, you won’t need to spend as much effort.

De-Waxing and Sanding

After you’ve finished washing and readying the boat, not it’s time to start with the first step of the painting process. You need to remove the old paint, waxes, oils, etc, that have accumulated on the hull. These things won’t allow the new coat of paint to stick to the surface. This would require considerable elbow grease. You’ll have to sand and remove all of the contaminants. Experienced painters know when to stop sanding because they’ve painted a lot of boats in their lifetime. You’ll need to keep an eye on your work. It’s best to strip the boat of the gel coat to ensure a good quality paint job.

Filling and Primer

After you’ve sanded the surface, you need to inspect it carefully for any cracks, dents, or pits. If you find them, you should fill them and sand it down. The surface should be very even or the new paint coat would show it. After that, it’s only a matter of applying the primer and then following up with coats of paint.

If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our 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.

 

Want our blog delivered via email? subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Total Votes: 0 Avg Vote: 0

0 Comments | Add a Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share