We have been a bit quiet on the blog front recently as it has been all hands to the pumps getting our guardiennage yachts ready as lockdown has been eased. We now have almost all our European clients returning which is great and it is wonderful to finally see the bay of Palma full of yachts again.
So, what have we been up to since we were all allowed back to work?
We have had a sudden influx of Catamarans in for service in the last couple of months; three large projects on Lagoon 620’s. Involving engine servicing, cutlass bearings replacement, rudder bearing replacement, tender lift platform service, paint touch ups, teak repairs and countless amounts of metal work. These Lagoon’s offer an enormous amount of space and luxury and it is therefore obvious why they are becoming more and more popular.
In addition, we have had our regular CNB clients back for extremely quick turnarounds. On one CNB 76 we have designed and fabricated a launch system for easier launch and recovery of their Williams 385 jet tender. This now allows the captain to handle this usually tricky task without the need of an extra pair of hands. In addition, their Volvo engine and Onan generators were given the usual Berthon treatment to ensure they have a trouble-free charter season.
Berthon Spain’s head of engineering Nick McMullen has had his creative hat on again and we now have a new CNC milling machine. Due to COVID it is currently even harder than usual for us to source replacement parts. This machine allows us to upload CAD drawings, bolt down the chosen material whether it be wood, plastics or metal and then off it goes. The designs are then saved for the future and when another client has the same request it is quick and easy for us to carry out the work.
The guardiennage team have been flat out getting all of our yachts ready again for the season. Sails have been going up almost daily, tenders returned from our storage units after having the outboards fully serviced and the tender cleaned. Every system has of course been gone through and checked that all works. The stainless steel has all been polished to a mirrored finish and the superstructures and hulls all wax and polished.
We have had two yachts with their masts re-stepped after having had 5 and 10 year services done. Following this we always undertake thorough sea trials with the riggers to ensure the rig has been finely tuned and that everything is ready for long distance cruising.
We are looking forward to seeing all our clients back again and re-introducing them to their sparkling yachts and the love of all things yachting.