Painting a motor yacht is not like painting your house, or even like having a car repainted. Painting a yacht is a complex process and serious business that should only be left to marine painting specialists. Whether due to damage that needed to be repaired, or it is just time to have your yacht repainted, the ultimate goal is that she come out looking as beautiful and spectacular as the day of her launch. That requires yacht painters that are 1 part technician, 1 part engineer, and 1 part artist!
What to Expect When You Yacht Needs Painting
Having your yacht painted is going to be expensive, however you should base your choice of painting professionals on the skill and experience of the yard, and not price. Any yard you are considering should be proud of their work. Ask how many yachts they have painted, and see if there are any on display in the yard or marina. If not ask to see photographs.
Next find out everything you can about the staff. Are they factory trained technicians? All the major manufacturers of marine paints and paint products offer classes and training in the proper use and application of their products. Do not be afraid to ask if the paint yard’s techs have received such training. Make sure they are current on this training. Marine paints, and marine painting protocols change very often due to environmental concerns and EPA requirements.
Ask to inspect their painting facility; they should be happy to allow this. It should be indoors, the temperature should be well regulated, and should be impeccably clean. The smallest amount of dirt, or fluctuation in temperatures, could ruin your yacht’s finish.
Transparency is so important, and we are not talking about gel coating! You should be able to monitor your paint job, or any work being done on your yacht for that matter. Painting a yacht could take anywhere from 6-12 weeks or more. A good paint yard will have nothing to hide, and in fact will encourage you to watch the process and get your approval as the job progresses. That is one of the main advantages of our On Demand Yachting solution. This online system gives yacht owners complete transparency and oversight of any work being done on your yacht, painting or otherwise.
How long Should a New Paint Job Last?
A good yacht paint job should last at least 5 years. Of course how often you use your yacht and where she is docked will have a lot to do with the longevity of her paint. The better maintained your boat is, the longer her paint will last. This is another advantage of being a member of our On Demand Yachting community, or being signed up for one of our charter income programs. As members in either program, you can be sure that your yacht will be well maintained inside and out!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.