Marine Engine Removal and Repair
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Poor Maintenance leads to Costly Repairs

Everyone loves owning a boat, but everyone hates the maintenance especially when it comes to engine removal and repair. The fact, however, remains that the failure to perform maintenance, and the failure to do it right, will inevitably lead to costly repairs.

When it comes to luxury boating, you can just not afford to risk hiring someone to do your maintenance or repairs that is not fully qualified. Poor maintenance and repairs are like setting off the first domino in a chain: one will lead to another and to another and so on. Before you know it, your yacht is not seaworthy and is landlocked for costly repairs.

The problem is that just about anyone can get a business license, hang their sign, and say they are a marine maintenance and repair facility; but, how many of them have the years of experience, the facilities, the specialized tools, and the knowledge to do it right? How many of them will stand behind their work with a “Master Warranty”?

Maintenance by the Numbers

Did you know that the average “gas” marine engine will operate for approximately 1,500 hours before a major overhaul is required whereas a “diesel” marine engine will last about an average of 5,000 hours given the same operating conditions? However, the total number of hours you get out of your engine will be completely dependent on the level of maintenance you provide. Here are just a few tips to help get the most out of your yacht:
  • Engines are built to run; short running times increase the need for maintenance and will drastically reduce the times before major repairs are needed. When possible, plan your voyage so that you don’t require a lot of stops and starts.
  • Make sure that your engine has proper ventilation. Most Naval architects and experts, like ourselves, will tell you that the recommended engine compartment ventilation system should provide cool, dry air at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and that your minimum ventilation requirements, without forced draft blowers, is calculated by dividing your engines total horsepower by the number 3.3.
Engine compartment forced draft blowers should never be set to blow, they should always be set to exhaust and should always be run for no less than five minutes before you start your engine. Be careful about what other guys tell you is the cause of that black, blue or white smoke coming out of your exhaust.

The Foster’s Difference

Occasionally we hear about people offering bottom-of-the-barrel maintenance. We are familiar with the places that offer those “specials” and we simply do not recommend their work. We ALREADY offer incredibly low prices for our maintenance work and marine engine removal. We know that if someone comes to us for maintenance, chances are they will come to us for other work as well, and that’s what we hope for: we want you to trust us with your yacht for life.

Look, we are not saying that we are the cheapest, what we are saying is that we are the best. Given the complexities of luxury marine boating, do you really want to trust the lowest bidder? Are you tired of not knowing when the maintenance or repairs will be completed? Do you really want to risk a catastrophic engine or systems failure due to poor maintenance or repair while you are out at sea?

We Don’t Just Maintain… If You’re Interested, We’ll Train, Too – And That Will Help You Avoid All Kinds of Problems In the Future

We are the experts, period. The amount of free advice and training that we provide when performing maintenance and repairs for our clients is indispensable and helps assure you of hundreds of hours of pleasurable boating experience. No job is too small, no job is too trivial; every job is treated exactly the same, with precision. With pre-determined timelines that you will know beforehand, to daily updates including pictures and reports, no one does it like Foster’s. Just read our customer’s reviews and you will see exactly what we mean.

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Based on 20 reviews
Phillip Pyatt
These guys do very good work. They repaired some fiber glass and an anchor plate along with adding a coat of paint to the hull.
Yacht Pro USA
We have used Fosters for years and its definitely the best company out there for fiberglass, paint and refits. Dennis is always professional and we highly recommend them for any needs in our yacht industry.
John Marshall
Fosters Yacht Service is my preferred company to use for yard maintenance while in Ft. Lauderdale. Dennis, Erick, and Mark know the industry and how to get things done. Fosters keeps to their word and deadline. Highly recommended.
Evan Davis
We started with Foster’s to repair some structural hull issues. They exceeded expectations with the repairs. We also had them do multiple repairs throughout the vessel from exterior paint to interior carpentry. The fit and finish have been amazing.
scott adams
As a marine industy professional it has been my direct experience to have this Group (Foster's Y/S) care for and upgrade my families Hardin 45 ketch. Everyone at Foster is a team member at Your disposal if required. We have found that Foster's high quality work in conjunction with Great customer service are the foundations found here. "Trade Winds" will be back next year for some further upgrades. Thank You for helping us sail away...
Russell Gross
Dennis Foster and his shop are amazing. My boat had extensive fiberglass damage which was made worse by another repair shop. Dennis came to the rescue. Boat came back brand new and faster than promised. If you need any fiberglass work done, don’t go anywhere else! Thank you Dennis and team!
David Torchin
I brought my 2018 Formula to Dennis Foster to make my arch collapsible and make the boat able to sneak under low bridges by my house. Dennis and his team way exceeded my expectations!!! With the press of a button, my bridge clearance is now just over 6'. His work is flawless, and his team is friendly and professional. Thank you Dennis and team for the amazing results!!

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