Our Marine Mechanics work on-site and off-site on regular basis; sometimes out of necessity, sometimes for the convenience of the boat owner. Last month, we worked on a 70-foot-long catamaran, The Pelican, and this job was done off-site.
Due to the size and other work that was done to the vessel, Pelican had been located at another marina. The owner of the catamaran contacted us to undertake some of the mechanical work including replacing the old engines with new Volvo Penta Compact engines, pulling the genset out and replacing the system with large solar panels and batteries, servicing the bilge pumps, filtrations and getting the whole things water tested. While this boat was unable to come to The Boatworks in Coomera due to the scope of work that had been done to it, the Seatech Marine mobile service worked on the vessel where it was. When we worked on the boat, the two hulls, normally almost 30 feet apart, were sitting right next to each other, side by side. As this doesn’t normally happen when working on multihull vessels, you get the idea of the scope of the work done!
When considering the location and the marina to complete the work on your boat, it is important to understand the scope of the work and the logistics required as well as the restrictions of your boat. The width and the depth of your boat will determine a suitable location to undertake the work as will the scope of the work. Are you looking to get a regular service done, are your getting extended work done in the engine bay, will your vessel need respraying, is it time to do antifouling as well? All these questions are relevant to efficiently plan your project.
The easiest way for you is obviously getting in touch with a marine mechanic service provide, such as Seatech Marine, to project manage it all from beginning till the end. In such case, we prefer to bring the boat to us as we have all the facilities of the marina at our disposal as well as our dedicated workshop, personnel and specialised equipment.
Then again, many choose to self-manage the project, especially if they are doing parts of the work themselves. This is a great way to better understand your boat and the work done to it. And if you have the skills, patience and enthusiasm, it is good fun too! Saying this, it is important to remember that there are things you need to get a professional to do. When we come to your chosen locations, we have our fully equipped mobile van. What you need to do is to book forklifts, cranes, marine lifts, etc as required and necessary. Don’t worry, we will provide you with the timelines and the requirements so you have all the details you need.
Next time your boat needs work done, consider the best options for you and your boat. And whether you are after a one-stop-shop experience at our workshop or more specific services at a location of your choosing, get in touch with us. We are the marine mechanics to talk to!