Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Painting boat S of Hurricane belt


Hello Kent and Iris. I am sure you will receive a variety of opinions regarding your boat yard question. Here is mine based on having worked in several different yards as a young man and later having  been involved with shipyards all over the world when selling boats and getting them serviced/improved/refit.


The basic rule is that unless you have a long term, completely satisfactory, totally trusting, respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with a shipyard, don’t leave your boat there for repairs unless you are there at least once a day. Being in foreign countries only adds to the degree of probable challenges when you factor in language barriers and cultural differences.

Even at yards new to you that come highly recommended by folks you trust, you need to have a serious “sniff test” and a cautious attitude until you are confident that the yard has the ability, tools and expertise to complete any job to your satisfaction. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the process, don’t move forward until that situation is rectified. Get estimates and job descriptions in writing and assume nothing. You don’t need to be strident or a bad ass. Just try to be as clear and concise as you can be and any good yard that wants to earn a profit and keep you happy as well will appreciate these efforts. Again, assume nothing.


You reason you need to visit the yard every day that work is being performed is to catch anything that isn’t as agreed or looks like it might evolve in a situation totally off the rails and a major train wreck. While most yards can be trusted to do basic bottom service unsupervised, Amel’s are different enough with the Amel drive and bow thruster that you need to understand the job and how to properly accomplish it to supervise the repairs if you are not doing them yourself. I have had two cases in recent years where a client left his boat in a shipyard for bottom service and other repairs and was quoted a bottom prep job that included ‘heavy sanding’. Turned out the heavy sanding was sand blasting, something that every laminate expert will tell you should never be done. The only reason this sand blasting was discovered was because the boats soon manifested severe osmotic reactions/blisters and sand was found imbedded in the outer layers of laminate during the blister repair process. Other medias are a better choice for blasting of old paint but never let anyone sand blast the bottom of your boat.


Not trying to be paranoid, but “Trust but verify “ is the cardinal rule as you proceed. There are plenty of really top notch yards throughout the world. Do all you can to ensure that the yard you are considering is amongst them. Good luck.


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From: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2019 10:01 AM
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Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Painting boat S of Hurricane belt



Hi All,
We need to have Kristy’s decks and cabin sides worked on. When I pulled the stainless steel trim around the windows off to remove the interior panels off for revarnishing, I found significant blistering of the gel coat under the trim.

We’ll be taking her S to Trinidad, Columbia, or Panama by this Spring and want to find a place to have a professional job done at a reasonable price.

Does anyone have experience in one of these venues? Is the work such that you would leave the boat with them for a few weeks while it’s being done, or would you want to be there the whole time?

Thanks for any thoughts.

Kent & Iris
SM 243

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