Preparing your Sailing Yacht Part 3: Sailing to Victory: The Finer Details

Embarking on a blue water race is not merely about setting sail; it’s a journey that begins long before the starting line is crossed. As you prepare your vessel for the challenges of offshore racing, every detail matters. Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) understands the intricacies involved in readying a yacht for the open ocean. In Part 3 of our series on preparing your vessel for offshore races, we delve deeper into the finer details with our onsite marine experts and specialised services.


1 .Chandlery Expertise: At GCCM, we house the best boat chandlers and expert sailors on the Gold Coast, at Australian Boating Supplies. From electrical and plumbing to safety gear and clothing, our chandlery experts offer a comprehensive range of products to meet all your boating needs. Australian Boating Supplies has been serving the marine community for years, providing unparalleled expertise and customer service.



At GCCM, we take pride in offering superior boat antifouling and marine finishing services. Partnering with experts like Finishline Paint, Harbourforce Marine Services, H&H Marine Coatinfs and Kraken Vessel Protection, we ensure your vessel receives the highest quality care and protection.

  • Finishline Paint is Australia’s premier yacht finishing and boat painting company, renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. With expertise in a wide range of materials and constructions, they offer comprehensive services including antifouling, refinishing, and fiberglass repairs, guaranteeing your vessel’s longevity and performance.
  • Harbour Force Marine Services offers comprehensive boat management solutions, including antifouling, sandblasting, engineering, and project management. With a track record of success and expertise in vessel maintenance, they are your trusted partner for keeping your vessel in top condition.
  • H&H Marine Coatings brings over 35 years of experience to the table, providing long-lasting solutions for all boat finishing needs. From project management to interior detailing, their qualified team delivers unmatched quality and craftsmanship, ensuring your vessel maintains its pristine appearance.
  • International Paint and Awlgrip offer a global range of coatings tailored to local needs. With a focus on quality and service, they provide market-leading solutions like Trilux 33 and Micron Extra 2.
  • Superyacht Solutions delivers top-tier pleasure boat spray painting services with a commitment to excellence. Their experienced team offers exterior refinishing, OEM production boat finishing, and metallic finishing, ensuring impeccable results with integrity and timeliness.
  • Yachtsmith specialises in luxury marine craft surface finishing, offering high-quality services for new builds, refinishing, and maintenance. Founded by Gareth Ahern and Danny McCallum, they prioritise quality, value, and efficiency in every project.

3. Fabrication and Welding: At GCCM, we understand the importance of having a reliable and skilled fabrication and welding team. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Lumark and Wicked Fabrication & Engineering. These experts specialise in stainless steel and aluminium fabrication and offer a wide range of services to meet your needs. Whether you need biminis, handrails, fuel tanks, or radar towers, our fabrication specialists have the knowledge and expertise to bring your vision to life.


4. Ribs and Tenders: RIB Force Inflatables and Sirocco Marine Queensland are trusted names in the world of ribs and tenders. Offering a wide range of inflatable boats, these specialists ensure that your tender is always in top condition. With full-service centres for repair and maintenance, you can trust RIB Force Inflatables and Sirocco Marine Queensland to keep your tender running smoothly, allowing you to focus on the race ahead.


5. Trimming, Upholstery, and Interior Refit: The interior of your yacht is just as important as the exterior, which is why GCCM partners with experts like Classic Marine Trimming, Pacific Trim, and Workshop 28. These specialists offer a wide range of services, including clear enclosures, bimini tops, custom bedspreads, seatings, floor coverings and more. Using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, they ensure that your yacht’s interior is not only functional but also stylish and comfortable.


6. Signage and Vessel Wrapping: Wrap It Marine specialises in expert vessel wrapping services, including exterior wraps, branding, window tinting, and safety signage. With decades of experience in marine wrapping, Wrap It Marine ensures a seamless and long-lasting finish that enhances the appearance and durability of your vessel. Whether you’re looking to add branding to your yacht or protect it from the elements, Wrap It Marine has you covered.

7. Additional Services: In addition to the above services, GCCM offers a wide range of services to ensure your yacht is fully equipped and race-ready. This includes project management, shipwright services, spray painting, fairing, detailing, and more. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to meet all your offshore racing needs.


As you prepare your sailing yacht for offshore races, trust GCCM to provide the expertise and specialised services you need to succeed. With our onsite marine experts and world-class facilities, we offer everything you need to ensure your vessel is primed for blue-water competition. From chandlery supplies to fabrication and welding, antifouling to upholstery, GCCM is your trusted partner in mastering the waves and achieving success in your next offshore race.

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