Embarking on a journey of boat refit and maintenance is an exciting task that requires careful planning and consideration. The choice of where to carry out your boat maintenance is a big decision, impacting not only the condition of your vessel but also your experience as a boat owner.
From hauling restrictions to environmental policies to location costs, a range of factors come into play for boats of all sizes.
In this blog, we will delve deeper into the 5 key considerations that you need to weigh up when selecting a refit and maintenance location.
1. Hauling and Size Considerations:
When it comes to refit and maintenance, a one size fits all solution is hard to find. Boats of different sizes have different needs, and it’s crucial to find a location that can accommodate your size vessel. Hauling restrictions, for instance, can limit your options, so it’s important to research facilities that can handle your vessel’s dimensions and weight. GCCM boasts haul-out facilities that cater for vessels up to 300t with a 10m (32 ft) beam, ensuring that you can access the services you need, no matter how large or small your vessel is.
Smaller boats can also benefit from the specialised hydraulic trailers available, which provide a gentle and careful lift, minimising stress on the hull. This versatility is a testament to GCCM’s commitment to being the One-Stop-Shop for your boat, meeting the diverse needs of boat owners, regardless of the vessel’s size.
Does the marina have a Hardstand? Refit sheds? A Keel Pit? Superyacht sheds? Whatever the size of your vessel, it’s important that where you choose to do your boat refit has the space and amenities to undergo maintenance for your vessel size and specifications.
2. Catering to Your Needs:
Beyond the technicalities of hauling, what personal factors matter most to you during your boat’s maintenance process?
– Are you environmentally conscious?
– Are refit locations located far away from where you live and will you need accommodation during the refit process?
– Are the team at the Marina easy to work with?
– Do you require security for your vessel?
Creating a checklist and looking for what you need for you and your vessel during the refit & maintenance process is an important part of deciding where to do your boat works.
GCCM understand these needs and offer environmentally friendly practices. You can learn more about these here.
You can live aboard your vessel when working on it and along with offering 5 Gold Anchor service GCCM also have 24 hour security and manned site access. Welcome to Service Paradise!
3. Services On Offer:
Refit and maintenance periods can be both busy and downtime intensive. Do you require additional services to keep you and your crew comfortable while the work is being done? Look for a location that will make your stay comfortable.
We understand this need and offer an array of on-site amenities to keep you comfortable and entertained. From our dockmaster team helping you navigate the marina and taking lines, concierge services (available 7 days per week) to complimentary wi-fi access, a waterfront bar & restaurant and on-site café, courtesy cars, chandlery/bait/ice, toilets, shower & laundry facilities (newly upgraded) and 24/7 fuel dock. All of this plus more make GCCM a prime choice for boat owners and crews who will be in the area for an extended timeframe.
For those who wish to explore the surrounding area during their refit, our location on the beautiful Gold Coast provides ample opportunities. You can indulge in world-class dining, vibrant local attractions and a range of recreational activities. This ensures that your time onshore is as enjoyable as your time at sea, making GCCM not just a shipyard but a destination in itself.
4. Diverse Service Providers:
Every boat has unique needs, which means finding the right marine experts is essential for a successful refit and maintenance experience. When looking at refit & maintenance locations see what trades they have onsite. This will save you time and money in not having to shift your vessel from one location to another. Plus, the more service providers on-site, the more competitive and efficient your maintenance will be.
Whether you’re looking for a complete engine overhaul or intricate electrical work, GCCM’s network of experienced service providers has you covered. The convenience of having over 90 onsite trades on-site streamlines the process, eliminating the need to search far and wide for the right expertise. This not only saves time but also ensures that your vessel receives top-notch care from professionals who understand its unique requirements. Or you can have a chat with our Project Management team!
5. The Ideal Solution for All Boats:
In the world of boat ownership, choosing the right refit and maintenance location can be a defining decision. From navigating hauling restrictions to embracing environmental consciousness and securing the services you need; every aspect plays a pivotal role.
With all these considerations in mind, it’s clear that GCCM emerges as a comprehensive refit and maintenance location. Our ability to cater to boats of a wide range of sizes, coupled with our 5 Gold Anchor Service accreditation (the highest accreditation in the world), sets us apart. By prioritising both your vessel’s needs and your personal comfort, we ensure that your refit and maintenance experience is smooth, efficient, and enjoyable.
When it’s time to undertake your next refit or maintenance project, remember that the ideal solution might just be a berth away at GCCM.
Give us a call (07 5502 5888) or fill up the enquiry form below to check what we can do to get you back to the water quicker!