So you’ve bought your dream boat and you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful year of cruising, racing and relaxing with family and friends.
But now you’ve just received a reminder that she is due for her annual service, you’ve booked her in and you’re wondering what’s exactly going to happen to her…
Before we begin any work at Windcraft Group Service Centre , we will prepare you a detailed Incoming Inspection Report (including photographs of any apparent issues) and discuss it at length with you, so you know exactly what we will be doing in her annual service.
1. SLIP, WET RUB AND ANTIFOUL
We lift your boat out of the water and photograph and inspect the condition of the hull, keel and rudder, sending these photos to you for your records.
Then we apply antifoul which slows down the growth of subaquatic organisms. These little organisms are a real pain because they attach to the hull and can affect your vessel’s performance and durability.
As a matter of course, we use Altex No. 5 Antifoul – the industry’s most popular cruising paint and now standard on all new boats.
We also need to stop erosion round the rudder and saildrive by applying an aluminium-friendly paint. How the paint holds up over the year depends on how you use the boat and also where you keep it.
2. PROP SPEED
For your prop we apply a special paint with less drag to improve performance.
3. STEERING, SEACOCK & KEELBOLT INSPECTION
Over the year your yacht’s parts will move, and you possibly may have rubbed the sea bed a couple of times! So this is the chance to restore the factory settings with our specialist equipment. All your cables are set to factory specifications and seacocks are checked for their condition.
4. ENGINE SERVICE
We check of all running parts for wear and any leaks, drain and re-fill your oil, replace your oil filter, replace your primary and secondary fuel filters and bleed system, strip your water pump and replace your impellor. We also check the your coolant level and run the engine.
5. SAIL DRIVE SERVICE
Most modern boats now come with a saildrive rather than a shaft drive. There’s a reason for this. It’s because there’s better weight placement, improved motoring performance, and reduced noise and vibration with a saildrive. During your service we change the oil, check the gears and replace the anodes.
6. THRUSTER SERVICE
We check operation, replace the anodes and clean the area.
7. HULL POLISH
This is a really important part of your service as our Aussie sun is not forgiving and the effects will show in the gel coat in a short amount of time. If you want to keep your hull polish in good condition, you need to wash it regularly and apply a fresh coat of wax every three months. At the annual service we give your boat a special machine buff.
8. DECK POLISH
Maintaining the condition of the deck and gel coat is very important, especially when you come to sell your boat. It’s one of the key selling points and shows how much care has been put into keeping her well maintained.
9. STAINLESS STEEL POLISH
We polish and brighten up the stainless steel so your yacht looks smart and elegant.
10. TEAK SCRUB AND BRIGHTEN
A good scrub of the teak will really refresh the feel of your boat. And it’s a great feeling stepping onto the boat after the teak has been cleaned!
11. SHEET WINCH SERVICE
Rain and seawater can get into your winch tops if they are not covered and it will degrade your internal lubricants. At the service we disassemble them and clean all the grease/oil off the parts, then re-grease/oil and put them back together.
12. ANCHOR WINDLASS SERVICE
The final stage of your annual service involves disassembling your winch and checking for wear and damage. We remove the old grease and apply new grease for another year’s work. Then we reassemble your winch and check it is operating smoothly.
Our Windcraft Group Service Centre is set up to service Windcraft yachts and motor vessels exclusively. Which means we always have a large range of replacement parts in stock. And if we don’t have a specific part, we have the contacts to source them quickly.
Our technicians know the Windcraft vessels intimately, and we complete work quickly, cost effectively and to a very high standard.
Most of our services are done at our bases in Sydney, Melbourne, Coomera and Auckland and if you can’t get your boat to us yourself, for a small charge we offer a pick-up and delivery service.
Only the Windcraft Group Service Centre can ensure you and your vessel will get the attention and the quality of service you deserve, wherever in the world you need it.
Providing you with the peace of mind that your boat is receiving the attention to detail it deserves, to ensure the comfort and safety of you and your family and friends.