Yacht Maintenance and Refinishing and the Coronavirus Outbreak
There’ll be a time, in the not too distant future, when we’re NOT in a lockdown situation thanks to COVID-19 Coronavirus, and we’ll be looking to get our dormant but cherished vessels underway. If you’ve had to shelve, defer or temporarily halt your usual spring upgrades and maintenance schedule, a yacht wrap might be just the ticket to save you time and money.
If you’d planned to get your hull or superstructures painted this year, but due to unprecedented world events your dreams of a gleaming newly refinished yacht have been dashed on the rocks, we could help you out with a fix that is not just a stop-gap, but a real world alternative to re-painting. We have hundreds of finishes to choose from in three or more ranges, from vinyl wrap material manufacturers. We only normally use 3M, Hexis, or Avery-Dennison as they are the market leaders, and if you’re talking yachts, you’re usually talking high quality. We stick to the best, or more appropriately, we stick the best on your boat!
Yacht wrapping is the application of decorative and protective self-adhesive film, to the hull or superstructure of a yacht or superyacht. Instead of a costly re-paint, vinyl provides a better, cleaner, more efficient solution.
It’s possible to transform the appearance of your boat within a few days, giving it a new look that will last up to 6 years!
Cost and savings
The cost savings are significant. The bigger the vessel the greater the saving and usually works out at two thirds of the price of paint. Vinyl films come in a vast array of colours and finishes.
The multi-million dollar investment of the worlds best vinyl suppliers, means the advanced technology in the vinyl will protect the hull and superstructure from all the elements. It is exceptionally hard-wearing, easy to clean, durable and easy to repair if necessary. The yacht will also be protected well against the elements including damaging UV rays. Vinyl wrapping does not fade or go cloudy like paint and gel-coat.
Using films does not require the same lengthy preparation process as its paint alternative, there is no need to sand and prepare the yacht, in fact once the boat has been polished, all that is required for preparation is a liquid based surface cleaner.
Vinyl film protects and prolongs the underlying finish of the hull and superstructure from the elements.
Yacht wrapping films can be applied directly to the existing surface of composite yachts. New build stainless steel or aluminium yachts on the other hand, will need a primer coat before the new vinyl is applied but this can still provide a saving of up to seven months in the shipyard as there is no need to paint the yacht with a finishing coat at all. Plus Vinyl film has no risk of orange peel due to it being preset in a controlled environment. The production of cast PVC is more consistent and regulated guaranteeing even film coverage without the appearance of orange peel.
Why wrap my yacht or boat?
Quick design and makeover | Wrapping the hull of a yacht can be achieved in the fraction of the time needed to prepare a boat for paint, to refinish the hull in tradtional ways. Paint is out, vinyl is the new fast, quality way to refinish your yacht.
Attractive appearance | New fantastic colours are being released constantly. See our colour cards. Also films with special effects (e.g., carbon, pearl, brushed metal, satin, matte…) achieve visual effects that painting cannot achieve.
Saving money | The price of wrapping is significantly lower than the price of painting and indirect savings are made resulting from minimum time spent out of the water.
Adding value to your vessel | Wrapping increases the value of your vessel and makes it much more saleable if you are selling it.
Protection | Besides the aesthetic effects, the vinyl protects against UV rays and all weather conditions. It won’t bloom or go cloudy like gel-coat.
A Summary of Yacht Wrapping
- Much less expensive than paint
- High quality consistent finish product.
- Creative freedom due to its reversible nature
- Greatly decreased downtime out of the water
- Unlimited customisation options
- Easy to maintain – No polishing
- Hides all scratches, fading, and discolouration
- More environmentally friendly
- Increases resale potential
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