WINTERvention

  • Created by DIYachting in Jan 2014

WINTERvention


WINTERvention is a new package from DIYachting. It's a Winter Intervention by us to your yacht to take care of the lay up and refit and keep an eye on her a few times during the winter.

We all know that end of season feeling you get, you've maxed out your holiday taking that one last cruise in the Autumn, now the weather is changing and you know you aren't going to visit your pride and joy again until the spring. Problem is you know the boat needs some work to prepare her for the winter yet you haven't got any time left. This is where our WINTERvention comes in to save your boat from mouldy sails and seized up engines.

Designed for owners that like to look after their yachts themselves during the summer this package will see us visit the yacht for a few days in the autumn to remove the sails and stow them inside the boat after rinsing and drying them thoroughly, we'll give her a really good clean inside and out including a scrub of the teak and a treatment with teak sealer if required. We'll remove the canvas, rinse, dry and stow it, mouse out the halyards and make sure the machinery is ready for the winter. Then we'll set up the dehumidifier, stow the passarelle and double check the lines before locking her up ready for whatever the winter has to throw at her. Before leaving we will make sure the marina has our contact number should anything happen to your boat during the winter. As our WINTERvention is a winter long service we will visit the boat twice over the winter to give her a clean on the decks, open the hatches and air the interior, run the engine, generator and as many pumps and other systems as possible just to make sure everything is stil in good working order. After each visit we will email you a report of what we have done and what we have found out during our visits including sending you some pictures of your boat to reassure you she's in good shape. Then when spring is approaching we will return to the boat and get everything ready for the season, sails back on, canvas on, oil and filter service the engine and generator (or we can arrange and oversee a full dealer service if you would prefer), de-pickle the watermaker and give her a good clean including a teak scrub and treatment if required. This should see your boat back in service ready for your first visit in as good a condition as she was when you left her last year.

Prices vary depending on the size of your yacht and the location of your winter berth so please contact us for a quote and to discuss your WINTERvention.

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Haul Out Management

Most yachts require an annual Haul Out for antifouling, anodes and a general polish but as this will most likely take place during the winter so as not to interfere with your first cruise you will probably be looking for someone to take care of this for you. We can offer a Haul Out Management service to run alongside the WINTERvention package. We will organise everything for you, reservations for your yacht to be hauled out in the yard of your choice or at a place we recommend if you don't know anywhere. We will then go to your boat and deliver her to the yard at the time of the booked Lift Out, we'll be on hand to check she's lifted safely, chocked and washed and then subject to your needs we will arrange all the necesary works and maintenance while she is out of the water including anodes, antifouling and polishing. We'll be on hand to oversee all of this work and will photograph and report on everything that is done so you can rest assured that you have received what you wanted and paid for. We'll also be able to advise on any problems that are found while she's out and liase with you about extra works that need to be done. After everything is finished we will oversee the drop in, check the bilges and vent the stern gland before delivering the boat back to your berth.

As with WINTERvention prices vary depending on size of boat and location of your berth and the boatyard plus the list of jobs you have while she is out of the water and whether you want us or the boatyard to do the works. Please contact us for more information and to get a quote.

Project Management

If you have a particular project that you have been thinking about doing on your boat over the winter months then we can offer an all inclusive project mangement service to help you get the jobs done on board without you having to chase half a dozen people arranging for keys to be passed around and making sure works are done correctly and in the right order. Whatever your project we can help, whether you are having a major refit, a new engine or generator, peeling back your antifouling for a fresh coat of epoxy or just a sand of the teak. Our service will include specific management of all the jobs you instruct us to do. We'll liase direct with the suppliers and subcontractors and be on site at vital points in the process to oversee the job, make sure it's done correctly and without damage to the rest of the boat. We'll report back to you at the end with pictures of the works as they are completed. No job is too big or too small but without project mangement you may not end up with what you wanted at all. We also have many products we can offer and install ourselves too so why not take advantage of us being aboard and get that new music, wifi or TV system, Quooker tap, sail or carbon accessory while you're at it.

As no two projects are the same its vital that we sit down to discuss your specific requirements and what you expect from us before we quote you for the job. So, please contact us and we'll get the ball rolling.