The SYH Blog
Demand for boatyard work has been as high as ever at this time of year, which has demanded some creativity in finding the best operating locations while the workshop refurbishment continues. We have been helped by the fine spring weather allowing us to break out of the workshops to work on owners' boats ashore on hard standing, and afloat.
One area where work never stops, however, is on applying Coppercoat antifouling in the spray bay. This Jeanneau is brand new – as you can see she hasn’t even been unwrapped above the waterline yet – and the owner asked us to do the Coppercoat before launch, because we could offer him a competitive price due to our spray application process, environmentally controlled workshops and efficient application.
SYH has a number of moorings out on the Orwell, on both sides of the entrance and some on the Shotley side of the river. Many are in use as permanent moorings but some are always kept free for the use of berth-holders – a lovely spot for afternoon tea or an overnight in the river, or handy for those moments when you head out of the marina entrance and realise something has gone wrong.
This spring we are renewing or refurbishing the whole lot. We lift, check and service the buoys, risers, ground chain and sinker blocks and replace as necessary. It’s yet another task where our mooring barge Doris proves invaluable.
We have just completed the first quarter since the Unicorn electricity system was commissioned for the whole marina, and the story has been a great one. For the first time we can be absolutely sure who has used what power and we have detailed usage records for anyone who needs to see them. It’s much fairer for berth-holders and clearer for us.
If you haven’t yet been issued with a card or seen the system in use, please pop into the harbour office where they can give you a demo or take a look at our electricity control card page where we show you the process step by step.