The new Beneteau Oceanis 45 comes stock with a nice teak cockpit table. Many people treat their teak differently, some don’t at all. On the 45, we decided to try something new. Of course you can varnish your teak, leave it bare if you enjoy constant maintenance, or you can have South Wharf treat your teak with a polyester clearcoat.
Instead of sanding and varnishing every year, or every time you notice a scratch, wouldn’t it be nice to quickly wetsand and buff the shine back to a glassy finish in seconds? The answer is yes, you would.
We spray this polyester clearcoat over your teak, wetsand, spray again, wetsand again, etc. Our finish topcoat is a clear Awlgrip product that has UV inhibitors built in, so the wood is protected during its lifetime. The treatment prevents water intrusion, salt buildup, discoloration, not to mention it looks phenomenal.
After several coats of Interprotect 2000, a final coat of Baltoplate and some serious wetsanding, this bottom is good to go. Notice the shine on the keel, an indicator of how slick this teflon based paint can be.
A smooth, wetsanded bottom can increase your overall speed and efficiency by at least 15%, something to consider if you plan on racing.
Now to customize the rigging for a racing season… oh yeah, we specialize in that also.
We have two bottom work projects that have been going on recently that deserve to be highlighted.
The first is on a 49′ Beneteau called Area. We noticed the scum line on the boat was higher than the bottom paint so the owner commissioned us to raise the waterline.
The second project is on a super cool Beneteau First 30. Our friends at Cape Yachts recently sold this racer/cruiser and apparently she will be seeing some competition in Marblehead, Ma. That’s what we like to hear!
It’s our job to fill, fair, sand, paint and prep this beauty to get her ready for the races. With a wetsanded VC Offshore bottom, this boat is sure to win some silver.
Our staff has loads of experience in preparing yachts for racing. From the custom rigging to the perfectly smooth bottom, let our experts help you cross the finish line first.
P.S. Stay tuned next week for the finished shots of the First 30.
Jay and I spent the morning unstepping a Beneteau 40 for the fall haul out.
The technique we use makes things very quick and easy, we have been doing this kind of thing for a long time, however, safety is always our number one priority. Although we can unstep quickly, that doesn’t mean we rush the process.
Measure three times, cut once. We take great care not to damage or overstress any part of the rig or the yacht during an unstep, and our record is flawless.
Sure, you can go just about anywhere and have your rig pulled, or you can come to the specialists. We protect your investment as if it was our own. We are riggers for one reason, because we love what we do.
Here we have shrink wrap master Jay putting another boat down for the season. Its easy to stay warm when your holding a flame thrower.
From the bottom of the keel to the top of your mast, inside the boat and out, South Wharf has the experience, the knowledge and the people to take care of all your boating needs. Stop by and see some of the other ways we can help you safely decommision your boat for the winter.
It’s another gorgeous day here at South Wharf and we are super busy. Our hands are full with winterizing, shrinkwrapping, finish gelcoat work, de-rigging and storage. You name it, we’re doing it.