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---------- Winterising ----------


Here in South Africa the boating season is definitely starting to come to an end and now would be the time to start thinking about protecting one of your most valuable assets, winterising your vessel can have a definite effect on your vessel's performance or lack there of.

Remember - the best place for your vessel to be during the icy winter months is out of the water - not winterising your vessel could cause quite a few problems for you in the future, spending some money on a vessel you will not be using for +- 6months may sound absurd to some but when you take into account the money this will save you in the future (maintenance, corrosion, etc.) winterising is definitely the best option.

Yachtport SA is very pleased to offer full winterising services to you. Should you be interested or want more information feel free to give us a call.

Step 1 : Haul out and clean

First step to a successful winterising would be to lift your vessel out of the water - Pressure wash the hull, clean barnacles off props, shafts, rudders, struts and trim tabs. Then make sure your seacocks are open to allow any water to drain, and even flush the engine and raw water pumps with fresh water. It would be best to take the batteries out of your vessel and take them home and charge or if too large we can offer charging in situ. Should you want YPSA to take care of this for you it would be no problem at all.

 Step 2: Preparation of winterising frame

A woven cord is used to build the framework around your vessel - Later on this will support the wrap. This is also when we make sure that the deck is nice and clean and all stainless steel have been polished.


 Step 3: Preparing the wrapping cover

Now it is time for our team of wrappers to make sure that the covering is big enough and will fit the entire vessel, this they do by laying the wrap out on a level surface, they then heat bond the section together in order to obtain the right size for each unique vessel. 


 Step 4 : Fitting the wrapping cover 

The wrapping is now pulled over the framework mentioned in step 2 and then heated to mould to the shape of your vessel - the wrapping becomes hard and shell like, ensuring a tight fitting cover that will not move, flap or allow any moisture, water, salt air or dust onto your vessel. Before the wrapping is pulled over your vessel it would be a good idea to remove sensitive equipment from the vessel, also remove fire extinguishers, flares, fenders etc. Over the winter these items can be cleaned, checked and replaced as necessary. Open all drawers and lockers and clean thoroughly. Turn cushions up on edge so that air is able to circulate around them.


Step 5: Securing the wrapping

Your vessel should now be wrapped and starting to harden, please remember to speak to Yachtport SA staff should there be anything you would like us to do or maintain, to achieve this we fit an inspection door to allow access. On your request the vessel can be checked weekly and also opened to air or mechanically ventilated.



A few winterising tips 

* Fill your fuel tank to avoid a build up of condensation over the winter months, change the fuel filters and water separators.

* Make sure the bilges are clean and dry, use soap, hot water and a stiff brush to clean any oil spills.

* Completely drain the fresh water tank and hot water heater. - alternatively add a non-toxic antifreeze to the heater.

* Pump out the holding tank at a approved facility, while pumping add fresh water to the bowl and flush several times.



-------- Nick Taylor -------

Nick Taylor


It was a sad day for both Yachtport SA and Mr Nick Taylor when his vessel broke loose from it's mooring at a local yacht club and ended up on the rocks here in Saldanha Bay, The NSRI together with Yachtport SA and a Pilot vessel from TNPA towed the vessel to YPSA premises with the intention of lifting the vessel the following day - What we did not know was that the vessel had taken a knock for the worst and was slowly sinking, so you can imagine our shock when we arrived at YPSA the next morning to find that only the mast was sticking out of the water - the rest of the vessel completely submerged. 


----- Marine Life -----

One of the best things about working at Yachtport SA has to be the array of marine life you get introduced to - It's amazing to see these creatures in their natural habitat and we are truly blessed to have the opportunity to interact with them.

This past year we have had quite a few different marine creatures visiting our marina - But the three that stands out most will definitely be the Penguin, Pipe Fish and Dolphin.

If you would like to hear more about them then please continue reading.


---------- April 2013 ----------


The beautiful yacht Infiniti came out this month for routine maintenance she was lifted, high pressure cleaned and antifouled. We will see her again next year but in the mean time we wish her and her owner Mr Strydom happy and smooth sailing.

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---------- March 2013 ----------

Atlantic Ocean

This fishing vessel was hauled out for some antifouling and general maintenance, with the crayfish season coming to an end she was back in the water just in time for some last minute catching.


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