Ever mindful that boats are designed for water and do not improve sitting on dry land, Mylor Yacht Harbour’s Marine Team has come up with a ‘Winterisation Hotlist’, as well as a new option to shrink-wrap even the largest vessels in their care to protect them from the elements.
As sailing yachts, speed boats, working craft and launches emerge on the Mylor hoists from a hard season’s activity on the Carrick Roads and beyond, the Marine Team is seeing to needs from basic advice over hard-standing, to intricate procedures ensuring vessels return to the sea resplendent next Spring.
The checklist covers everything from making sure boat cradles and legs are in good condition to receive vessels before they come out of the water, to removing gas bottles and batteries.
Mylor’s Marine Team project manager, Henry Goldsmith, said: “You’d think that after an active sailing season your boat would relish some time off over the winter but in actual fact extended periods of inactivity can accelerate wear and tear which can contribute to potential breakdowns next season.”
One new introduction to Mylor’s range of services this season is the ‘Boat Shrink Wrap’ system which creates a ventilated boat coat for any size of vessel.
Goldsmith added: “It’s a brilliant system which we’ve been getting trained on ready for this winter’s lay-up.”
The Marine Team’s Winterising advice can be found here.