What is Guardiennage? An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain…

What is Guardiennage – An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain

It’s a funny old word with many different spellings, and one few clients have come across before, so I thought it was time to expand a little on what Guardiennage means to us at Berthon Spain.

An integral part of our Service is the technical checks that we perform fortnightly on our yachts in guardiennage care. Exactly what is included in the chosen package can be tailored to your yacht’s needs. We always offer a number of options and can also be very flexible to ensure that we are catering to your individual requirements. In a nutshell, guardiennage is shore-based captaincy which, when done well, means you come out to a yacht that’s ready to go and one without a long list of jobs and cleaning needed that will fill your precious holiday time!

What is Guardiennage – An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain

As we all know well, yachts do not prosper from being left unused and unattended. Engines and pumps need to be run, seacocks exercised, furlers and winches operated, and sails aired or removed for dry storage. We pride ourselves on keeping the yachts in our care in top notch condition so for our Guardiennage Captain, Mike, these checks are his bread and butter.

When a yacht arrives with us, we will test every system and go through every bilge, from bow to stern. We can then provide the owner with a detailed report, with recommendations and costings on how to put right any issues found. Whether your yacht is for sale with us or you use her regularly, having her turnkey ready and in superb order means that she will fly through the pre-survey or be a reliable magic carpet on your all-important holiday.

What is Guardiennage – An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain

Each time Mike steps onboard the routine is the same, just instinctive – lines, fenders, neighbouring yachts, bilges, batteries and chargers. Then to the more in-depth checks. He will check oil and coolant levels, belt tension and carry out a visual check of the engine or engines and then start her up. The same procedure is followed with the generator or generators.

We will exercise the seacocks regularly, not everyone’s favourite pastime and with Mike’s larger frame not always an easy task, but it’s surprising how flexible he can be! This is an important job, often overlooked. We have many times come across an inaccessible, forgotten, seacock that is immovable and has lead to an unplanned haul out. If a pipe were to rupture through lack of maintenance this can invalidate insurance. Of course, strainers are checked and cleaned as necessary. A sure-fire way to damage engines, fridges or air conditioning is if the raw water flow is not as it should be.

What is Guardiennage – An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain

Along with the furlers, we will test the winches and windlass, navigation instruments and lights, and also visually check all deck fittings.

Back on the interior, we will run your fridges, freezer and ice maker, flush WCs, run and visually check all pumps. As far as watermakers are concerned, we recommend these are pickled when not in use, but during the season they will be flushed as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

No system is beyond Mike’s conscientious and knowledgeable eye.

What is Guardiennage – An Insight into the Life of a Guardiennage Captain

Our storm watch policy ensures that the team are always on standby in inclement weather. Preparation for high winds is key, checking our guardiennage yachts and their neighbours, then regularly doing the rounds went the weather hits.

Safe to say that in Guardiennage care with Berthon Spain your yacht is in safe hands, 24/7.

To discuss Berthon Spain Guardiennage care for your yacht, be sure to get in touch today. We’d be delighted to help.

Managing Director – andrew.fairbrass@berthonspain.com
Office Tel: +34 971 415 441
https://www.berthonspain.com/

The Latest from the Blog

Berthon Spain – Keep Calm & Carry On…

As we now find ourselves in the grip of the COVID 19 pandemic, I would like to reassure our existing…

Read More
A Small Island in the Med Happens to be an Aladdin’s Cave of Marine Parts!

Given the relatively small size of Mallorca and the fact that everything must come by air or sea, I have…

Read More
Berthon Spain Maintenance Logs – Diesel Engine Maintenance

Berthon Spain service marine diesel engines throughout the year, especially in the winter when we go into overdrive. A marine…

Read More
Berthon Spain Maintenance Logs – Bow & Stern Thruster Repairs

Bow and stern thrusters are something that Berthon Spain are continually working on and are now often key to the…

Read More
Berthon Spain – Mallorca’s Answer to All Things Yachting

Busy times continue for Berthon Spain. Our recruitment of excellent skill and top talent over the last 12 months truly…

Read More
Season’s Greetings From All of Us at Berthon

The Berthon crew hope you have all had a wonderful 2019. 2019 has been a fantastic year! Berthon Spain has…

Read More
WINTER WORKS WITH BERTHON SPAIN

It’s December already! Berthon Spain has seen their Caribbean fleet off in fine fettle. Now the weather is turning, we…

Read More
MEET THE NEW MEMBERS OF BERTHON SPAIN

It’s been a very busy year for us at Berthon Spain, the company has seen a healthy rate of growth…

Read More
The Humphreys 77, AGLAIA – Berthon Spain’s Favourite Lady

This slightly older lady has had a lot of work done and by a very skilled team of surgeons, hence…

Read More
Berthon Spain Welcomes Mike Barnes as Their New Guardiennage Captain

Berthon Spain are extremely pleased to have Mike Barnes join them in Palma to head up their Guardiennage services. Mike…

Read More
Go to Blog