S/Y WINTERISATION IN GREECE
Customers under a Total Management Contract (Motor or Sailing Yachts) enjoy an "all in one" pachage including the Yacht winterisation.
Not having a Total Yacht Management Contract signed with our company is not a probem at all : It is possible to sign a contract just for the winterisation of the yacht, or just for a few jobs.
Depending on the type, the size of the yacht and the operations / works to do, we will prepare our offer in base of our "to do" list. The yacht owner is free to exclude works or include some extra works.
There is no limitation because of the location of the yacht. Please contact us for more information.
Yachts left uncared for over the Winter will quickly deteriorate causing all manner of issues when you come to go sailing again in the Spring.
Don’t let your yacht suffer from neglect over the Winter months.
Every single screw on your precious boat need attention and care. Let's mention the most critical :
1. Sails & Covers (Everything should be washed and store away from the boat).
2. Mast & Standing Rigging
This is now the time to have a good check over your mast. If you are happy and confident with heights then up you go!! However a professional eye will probably spot any issues better than an un trained one.
Remove any mast head instruments, there is little point wearing out the bearings.
Check all terminal fittings for corrosion and damage
Check wire rigging for loose strands & signs of fatigue
Check halyard sheaves for any damage.
If you have a furling headsail then we take the opportunity to clean out the swivel bearings, we find hot soapy water is the best way to remove any built up salt and grime.
Protect your head foil and with a luff protector, this keeps it under tension and stops it rattling around in the breeze. The same goes for furling mainsails foils.
3. Ropes and Running Rigging
Leaving ropes lying on wet decks is a sure way for them to turn green. Once this happens it is very difficult to get rid of the staining. Mouse them out of your mast using a strong mousing line. Make sure after to mark the halyards so we know where to refit them in the spring.
4. On Deck Items
Remove anything and stow it below, safety gear, jackstays, horseshoe life buoys etc etc. Empty your cockpit lockers of anything that can deteriorate in the damp.
5. Serviceable Items
Send away any items that require servicing such as life jackets, dan buoys, life rafts, rescue modules, etc etc. Remove batteries from certain items such as MOB lights etc it is also essential.
Certain items have time expiry dates, such as Flares, Lifejacket lights, Sealed MOB Lights & First Aid Kits. We will check these and replace as required.
6. Exterior wash
Finally now that everything has been put away, let's give to your decks a good wash down. Clean out any blocks and jammers and try to remove any salt and dirt deposits that have built up. Let's avoid jet wash and high pressure machines.. (Risk of damage to seals and trim around the boat).
Now to turn our attention to down below.
We should go through the boat and give everything a good deep clean. Lift up the bilge boards and remove cushions and bunk boards. The last thing you want is to have anything festering there all winter.
Use an anti mould cleaner on the headlining and any other surface to prevent a building up of mildew. Especially around the fridge, we never forget to leave the fridge open to air.
Remove any perishable food items and anything that may not last the winter.
Give the whole compartment a good clean. If you have holding tanks, we should make sure that they are emptied and flushed through with a suitable tank cleaner. Wash the toilets out with fresh water and put some toilet cleaner down and around the bowl.
and of course we always have some non toxic antifreeze under hand, such as freeze ban. But freeze in Greece is more than rare.
3. Cushions and soft furnishings
We also should take down any curtains and give them a wash, and the same with your cushion covers. Then leave your bunk cushions propped up to allow them to aerate.
4. Heaters and Dehumidifiers
As in our base in the winter we have the luxury of shore power then setting up a couple of heaters on a low setting and running a dehumidifier will keep the interior of the boat dry and warm.
This will prevent any condensation building up and save any chance of frost damage in the event of a cold spell.
We always leave doors and cupboards open so that air can circulate. In any case, we are present in the bases 365 days / year, so we just are there every day .. So boats are never stay alone.
When the yacht is in the water, we can run it up periodically and then there is a good case to leave your engine in commission. The natural insulating qualities of the water as well as any heaters we have running are building the ideal ambient for the boat.
At some point we have to service your engine. This is best done before the winter, old oil with its tiny metal particles can cause damage to the internal workings of your engine. It is best to leave the engine laid up over the winter with fresh clean oil.
If the boat is ashore then winterising your engine is certainly sensible and prudent.
Top up the diesel tanks to prevent condensation and the chance of diesel bug contaminating your fuel system is a good idea.
We check your batteries using a load test meter, grease the terminals and check that they are left on trickle charge.
In any case, we regulary charge the batteries also during the Winter.
7. Fresh water system
We first empty your water tanks and drain down the entire fresh water system.
We never forget your hot water tank, and also to disconnect the 220v supply to the heating element to prevent it burning out.
We always run a non toxic antifreeze solution through the fresh water system such as “Freezban”. This will stop any residual water lying in pumps, pipes or taps from freezing and damaging these items.
We leave your taps open and remove the transom shower tap head where exist.
After that exist a long list of 150 works to do during the Winter, but this we will send you together with the Charter Management Contract :)