Calling all Yacht Stewardess!! Are you tired of lime spots and hard water stains on all your bathroom metals aboard your super yacht? Freedom Yacht Services is applying Ceramic Pro to these areas to save the metal and make cleaning easy. Talk about boat cleaning made easy. Last week our team of certified Ceramic Pro applicators coated the interior showers and faucets aboard M/Y War Bird 92 Nordhaven. This was an industry first and a great example of how yachts can eliminate hard water spots and stains while making life easy for the stewardess. 2 Coats of Ceramic Pro Bravo was applied and came out great. Call today for an estimate!
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Freedom Yacht Services is proud to be a certified Ceramic Pro Application group. This clear coat technology has flourished over the years and now has made it to Freedom’s list of #1 coatings. Specializing in Yacht Care and Yacht Detailing / Boat Cleaning. FYS is Based out of Bahia Mar Yachting Center and has been servicing the yacht detailing needs of some of the finest yachting manufacturers in the game such as Ferretti Group, Riva, Pershing, Cheoy Lee and San Lorenzo. We’re excited to bring this new nano technology application method to South Florida Yacht owner and Captains wishing to get ahead of they’re yacht’s P.M Schedule. Ceramic Pro yacht coating gives depth and shine all while creating a frictionless substrate that allows water to run off easily. Recently Freedom Yacht Service coated a 68 Lazzara. The result was incredible. See for yourself today applied by south Florida’s best ceramic coating group. http://ceramicpro.com
The jury has deliberated and a decision has been made. After years of testing marine ceramic coatings made for yachts and the harsh marine environment the science has finally been proven FACT. Freedom Yacht Services is a leader in the yacht refinishing and surface protection business and is at the forefront of this application revolution. A few companies exist in the production of marine ceramic coatings- one to speak of is ceramic pro- a maker of different ceramic coating products for paint, gelcoat, glass, leather and metal. We’ve found these products work very well and have been applying them on boats here in Ft lauderdale and Miami to much praise. These marine ceramic coatings add depth and extra strong protection against scratches, UV damage and harsh chemicals. Although more expensive to apply the payoff is huge as the ceramic coating seals in the look of our yachts surface permanently with only the need of a reapplication every 14-20 months. No more harsh compounds that remove the depth of your paint and gelcoat which drastically increases the shelf life of your yachts surface.
Freedom’s dual layer Ceramic Coating is specially designed for the Marine Environment and seals surfaces for years without the need for waxing. Applied by licensed applicators to guarantee the perfect surface prep and coating application- this highly durable, marine ceramic coating locks in your vessel’s high gloss finish-is scratch resistant and impervious to oxidization and corrosion.
- Maximize surface durability, gloss and surface depth
- Excellent solution for Exhaust staining
- Forms incredibly strong three dimensional network of nano sized ceramic particles that fill surface pores protecting it for years
- Renders a slick anti static, self cleaning surface that is impervious to harsh UV Rays, extreme weather conditions, acids, salts, bugs, static adhesion and typical wash marring
- Special layered design that can be re-coated over time and or coated to maximum thickness desired
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Recently a captain friend called me up and asked us to come look at his 112 Westport Yacht saying it was time for a proper polishing of the Alex Seal paint. This would be the 1st time the boat’s paint would receive a machine polish / restoration process to restore it to maximum color and shine. I could hear the hesitation in his voice as there are a lot of yacht polishing groups out there and many that can destroy a nice paint job with 1 bad step. I assured him that we would take maximum care of his boat and lead him through the 5 most critical steps to getting the very best yacht detailing result.
- Examine the paint to accertain the damage and decide which cutting compound and polish you will use. This is just like a doctors prescription for your ailment. Typically if you can put your watch face up perpendicular to the painted surface and not see any hands it will need a 4-step polishing process. If only 1 hand is visible a 3-step paint polishing process and if only 2 hand showing a 2-step.
- Decide the very best polishing pad for the job. Today 3m has made huge strides with they’re dual sided foam polishing pads and we use these alot as they minimize swirls and leave a good level finish. If the yacht is gelcoat and heavily oxidized we recommend using super buff white wool compounding pads.
- Prep the surface before polishing your boat with a hard wash. A hard wash is soap and water with spray nine added for extra lifting qualities. We tell our yacht detailers that the initial wash down of your boat is the chance to get alot of work done up front. Other wise you would be just pushing around dirt and filling your buffing pads up with crap, preventing them from doing they’re job.
- Work with the sun and wind. If you can start the compound and polishing on the shaded side of the boat this is good because when paint heats up it gets soft and is more susceptible to swirls in the paint. Work down wind if you can to avoid fall out being blown back into your beautiful yacht finishing.
- Between each compounding step wash the boat to remove any residual polish and change your pad. This allows the yacht detailing products to do they’re maximum good and will give you an excellent, clean finish.
Email us today for a Free Estimate to polish your vessel. Info@fycrew.com
Before buying our first boat my wife asked one night over dinner “What is the Cost of owning a yacht?” I was taken back as I had not researched this very important question.
“What is the true cost of yacht ownership?”
The next morning I awoke early and started pouring over the vast amount of information I could find on the internet that lent itself to the true cost of owning a yacht. Wow! This was the one topic hardly ever discussed by brokers yet a very important one. Owning a yacht service company is incredibly helpful when it comes to sourcing these true costs as we bill for them daily but to get an introspective look into the true cost of owning a yacht I reached out to my favorite yacht brokers and yacht owners. Over the course of 1 week I must have spent 5 hours hearing stories-good and bad-about the selection process of buying a yacht and how it can effect the cost of owner ship.
I found that the 3 most costly factors in yacht ownership are..
Yacht Crew are necessary for vessels over 80 feet and on average costs the owner $6,500 per crew member, per month for vessels up to 120 feet in length. How many crew members are necessary depends on the capability of the hired crew and the level of service demand by the yacht owner. While yacht captains and engineers typically make $750-$900 per ft per year mates, deck hands and stewardess typically make %20-50% less depending on the experience they bring to the yacht team and demands of the yachting program. So do the math.. 80 ft boat, 2 crew members $13,000 per month. 130 ft boat 5 crew members $32,500 per month.
The cost of Yacht Maintenance becomes more costly as the age of your boat approaches 5 years, it’s at this time that boat repairs become more frequent because of misc batteries,pumps and seals throughout the boat expiring, it’s at this time that gelcoat repairs and yacht paint repairs become more frequent as well. It’s safe to say that the following scale is a fair measure for the cost of yacht maintenance on boats 1-10 years old based off the value of the boat. Keep in mind these cost don’t include fuel and food for the adventures ahead.
- 2% of boat value-this is relatively low because often time repairs and maintenance are included in the warrantee provided for by the yacht manufacturer
- 2.5% of boat value-warrantee usually expires for the yacht at the end of this year
- 3 % year 3 is a great year for the boat as many of the shortcomings from build are already sorted out
- 6 % -often times many consumable maintenance items need replacement
- 6 %
- 7 %
- 7.5 %
Just like Realestate, wherever people want to be.. the prices for yacht dockage are typically higher. The cost of running and operating a marina can be high so the most dependable and desirable marinas usually have higher rates. Sometimes summer time rates help ease this expense but on average price for dockage is between .50 cents- $3.00 per ft per day. So for an 80 ft boat low end dockage is $1,200 per month and high end dockage can be $6,000 per month–of course the higher cost puts you near the designer shop and chic restaurants of your favorite port town;)
Freedom Yacht Services specializes in delivering affordable yacht services and solutions for your yachting lifestyle. Whether it’s helping you purchase a new boat, sell your existing boat, servicing your boat or detailing your boat we are here to help-located at the biggest do it yourself shipyard in the states-Lauderdale Marine Center Call today..954-732-8916
Top 10 Recommended Paint/Gel coat maintenance tips after waxing your boat
WASH DOWN REMINDERS
- If using water from the dock make sure it goes through a proper wet spot water filter to remove hard minerals.
- Using onboard water is optimal as it usually goes through a few staging filters to provide the softest cleanest water.
- For the 1st couple of weeks your initial rinse before wash will remove 80% of salt and dirt.
- Remember you can never give a boat enough water so soak really good before applying soap and mitt to clean your boat.
- All though we recommend Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo as an ideal wash down soap after waxing your boat because of it’s near neutral PH, any soft automotive gel-soap will work (Mcquires Gold automotive soap is good)
- Make sure to use proper concentrate to water ratio -it’s best to fill your bucket with water 1st before adding soap to prevent over concentration that will burn your boats painted surface.
- We recommend a soft wool pad that wraps around a backing plate and onto the shurhold pole, often used to wash overheads this pad minimizes friction.
- Use Soft blue Shurhold deck brushes only should you not like using the wool pad, remember Yellow bristle Brushes are a bit course and only to be used on the decks and or Hull.
- We highly recommend buying a few bottles of Permanon wash down gel soap-USE 1 time per month while washing your boat-this will clean and add wax to the existing coating to help bolster it.
- Buy some Permanon maintenance spray, this applies like an instant detail, just spray on (wipe in with a clean micro-fiber and remove with another clean micro-fiber) this spray is excellent for every type of surface-just remember to do small areas at a time when applying in direct sunlight-it’s best to apply in the shade.
Needing your boat detailed?
Needing your boat waxed or put on a regular maintenance plan?
Call Freedom Yacht Services Today for a free estimate! 954-732-8916
As with any piece of property, if you are planning to sell it, you will want to increase the value in any way you can. Much in the same way a house can be revamped and remodeled, a yacht can be as well. One way to do so is through a paint gelcoat restoration. This paint gelcoat restoration can increase the value of your yacht and make it more attractive to prospective buyers. In this article, we will discuss several ways in which a paint gelcoat restoration can totally revamp your yacht.
The project will give you a great ROI.
ROI stands for “return on investment,” which basically means that the money you put into a project will end up being made back—and then some—when you are able to put your remodeled piece of work onto the market. A gelcoat restoration improves the appearance of your yacht, and, as every owner knows, yachts are prone to dulling and wear-and-tear. The project will cost money, and it will also require some hard work, but it will be worth it, monetarily, in the end.
A gelcoat restoration will greatly improve the appearance of your yacht
Boats go through a lot as a result of the natural wear-and-tear of the ocean or lake. Although yachts are luxurious; they are, after all, piece of equipment just like any other. A gelcoat restoration involves multiple steps, all of which are geared toward both cleaning and shining the yacht. Cleaning, degreasing, waxing, and polishing are all some of the various ways that you can go about restoring your yacht to its former glory. A gelcoat restoration will make your boat shine.
Consumers appreciate effort
We are all consumers in some form or another, and, as consumers, we appreciate when someone has noticeably worked hard on a product we’re buying. Buyers take notice when someone has tried to make something as excellent as possible. Presenting someone with a dull or dingy yacht and asking them to buy it may be viewed as an insult to the buyer, and you likely won’t get many offers. Restoring your yacht’s gelcoat shows that you’ve paid great attention to your boat, and consumers will find that an attractive selling point.
A gelcoat restoration will make your yacht sale competitive
Currently on the market, you see many different products offering gelcoat restoration kits and how-to guides. This is because the process of restoring your boat has become much more popular, as boat owners want to be able to compete with newer yachts on the market. A gelcoat restoration will keep your yacht looking just as valuable and consumer-worthy as others out there. Without such care and dedication, it’s probable that your boat will not be noticed.
It’s a relatively easy revamp for the price
There are many other, much more expensive ways a yacht can be restored. This aesthetic adjustment is relatively inexpensive, but it is vitally important. Your yacht’s internal gear and seating could be top-notch, but if the outside looks shabby, buyers won’t want it. They don’t want to go through the hassle of gelcoat restoration themselves, and it’s easier to choose a boat at a higher price that has already been labored over and needs no new adjustments.
Compared to a new motor, new upholstery, new machinery, and other costly tune-ups, a gelcoat restoration is relatively simple and easy-to-do. It is also timely. It shouldn’t take very long, as the drying phase, depending on the method of your choice, can be shortened. It also lasts for a decent amount of time—your boat could shine for a year after your gelcoat restoration.
If you’re looking to increase the value and appearance of your yacht, a gelcoat restoration is the way to do so. It is cost-effective, timely, and will last for a while. This revamp will not go unnoticed by consumers, who will be willing to pay more for your yacht.