Berthon Spain are delighted to welcome Mario Molina Romero who is joining the team as our chief fabricator. He has had years of experience running his own fabrication business, Mallorca Marine Engineering, making a wide range of yacht parts. Working closely with RSB Rigging in Palma Mario has supplied fabricated bushes, pins, pullies, winch tops, and other general rigging parts.
Included in his recent projects have been the repair of a 3-metre crane on a large motor yacht, repairing a 5-metre hydraulic gangway with cracks on the hydraulic shaft and fabricating some steel chocks for a performance sailing yacht.
Mario is also a specialist in turning and is responsible for some unique work on very large shafts, where he had to adapt his machinery to accommodate this scale. We are purchasing some new machines, including a large 3 metre lathe which will allow us (or should we say, Mario) to turn much longer pieces of metal and plastics. We also are increasing the size of our milling machine so we can mill larger yacht pieces.
Fabrication of yacht parts has been a very large part of our business for the last 7 years, and thanks to the ever-clever Nick McMullen, there isn’t much that we haven’t been able to accomplish. Adding Mario to the team means that we will be able to do even more. As well as all types of lathe work, we can weld stainless steel, aluminium, bronze, nitronic and dixon, either using TIG, MIG or stick welding. Mario will then polish the metal work up to a mirror finish.
Fabrication is a key ingredient in all our refits and projects. Whether it be making a simple pin for a vang to making a complete pushpit, we now have the capability to do all these tasks in-house.
As the refit season gains momentum, having Mario aboard is already helping our clients realise their ideas to reality which is very exciting. At the moment we are working on some additional davits for an Oyster 575, some custom-made fairleads for a Gunfleet 58 and rubbing strips for a CNB 76.
As if this wasn’t enough, Mario is also helping us to adapt our in-house motor boat dollies, which we use for moving our boats in storage around!
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