The SYH Blog
Users of Facebook may have noticed that we now have a Facebook page with regular updates about what’s going on around the marina. It’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s changing from day to day, find out how the weather – good or bad – is affecting us, and check what’s on offer in the chandlery. Why not take a look, and Like the page if you like what you see?
The launch programme for the spring is starting to get very busy and with Easter falling early this year (Easter Sunday is April 5) there will be a rush of boat owners trying to get a launch during April. To book your slot call the harbour office or email Bob Gibbon.
- If you need antifouling don’t forget you can buy it from the chandlery online and collect it when you come down to the marina. We have special offers on Ocean Performer and Micron extra or can order any type you need.
SYH’s presence at the London Boat Show for the third year running proved well worthwhile, with plenty of visits from existing berth-holders and interested East coast yachtsmen who now know where to find us. Even when it’s a quiet day at the show it only takes a couple of meetings with potential clients to make the day a success for us.
Dulcibella, a Southerly 110, has undergone a completely new process where Coppercoat is sprayed on to the hull instead of being manually applied. Spraying a liquid which includes such a high proportion of metal particles brings its own challenges, but the treatment has been successful and the resulting finish extremely smooth.
Dulcibella has also benefited from a new adaptation to the SYH cradles to support lifting-keel boats, where the keel and ballast plate need to be accessible but cannot take the weight of the yacht while ashore. The central uprights spread the load across the keel plate and reduce the risk of any damage.
It's great to receive good feedback on the work we undertake, especially when it's something unusual or novel. Zeger, a Victoire 12-metre, had her topsides wrapped with vinyl a few weeks ago – a covering which is popular for racing yachts but is new to cruising yachts on the East coast.
The owner told us "I am delighted with the service that you have provided, and the results that you have delivered. It has been particularly exciting to be part of something new and the process of wrapping the boat has been very engaging. You have taken a very tired looking hull and produced an 'as new' result that any owner would be delighted with.
SYH will be at the London Boat Show on the Which Marina stand, A010, with at least one member of staff there each day from 9 to 18 January. We’ll be pleased to see existing berth-holders and will welcome visitors to the stand to discuss any aspect of Suffolk Yacht Harbour operation.
Work on Gudgeon is now completed. She is a wooden Milne design from the 1920s, which has undergone extensive work at SYH in previous years. She had a refit this summer, including painting and varnishing of the hull and spars and a small amount of structural work.
The SYH workshops will be working with Parker & Kay and Rig Magic to complete a total makeover of the yacht.