Yacht Service: Getting Your Sailing Yacht Ready for the Season

Tuesday, 10th March 2020


A guide to luxury yacht servicing with Oyster Yachts

Yacht maintenance is a vital part of Oyster ownership. Time spent on pre-season checks can make the difference between a frustrating start to the season when something has been that overlooked snaps and making sure everything is in perfect working order. These pre-season checks can seem intimidating, especially for those who are new to yacht ownership but you will be glad of any time you invest in getting to know your yacht and its equipment better. With that in mind, we have put together an Oyster yacht service guide to getting your luxury sailing yacht ready for the season ahead. From the water maker to the sail checks, main engine service and winches, we have created an owner’s handbook to follow, allowing you to stay on top of the annual yacht maintenance and ensure you are ready to enjoy a great season of sailing.

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Trust your yacht maintenance log

At Oyster, every owner receives a maintenance manual and a logbook when they take ownership their yacht. This allows you to easily keep track of all yacht maintenance work that is carried out over the years. Your Oyster logbook contains a weekly, monthly, bi-annual, annual, five-year and ten-year servicing checklist, which you can use as a crib sheet to ensure you’re properly caring for your yacht. Keeping your logbook updated will also help increase the residual value of your boat, since buyers prioritise well-maintained boats. Oyster owners also have the added benefit that we keep all the original plans and build logs on file, so buyers can refer to your original intentions when your yacht was specified and built.

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How long does a yacht service take?

When carried out by Oyster, an annual yacht service typically takes two weeks with the yacht out of the water, allowing for the application of new antifouling paint and servicing of the rudder, propeller, seacocks and thrusters.

Each Oyster yacht service is unique to the boat itself. It very much depends on the current condition of your yacht, and your plans for the season ahead. Our After Sales team will make you an honest list of requirements, looking at everything from canvas work to winches, which means you can set sail for the season confident in the knowledge you are ready to take on anything!

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What to expect from your pre-season check and annual yacht haul-out

Annual pre-season checks and preparations for a sailing yacht may include:

  • Sails valeted
  • A visual check of your rigging or official survey of your yacht rig, if in commercial use
  • Engines and generators serviced
  • All systems checked over - air-conditioning, refrigeration, LPG, electrics, and electronics
  • Annual safety equipment checks
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And, once she is lifted out of the water for her annual haul-out:

  • Antifouling
  • Repainting
  • Polishing
  • Service of propeller, shaft and cutlass bearings
  • Rudder and keel checks
  • Replacement of anodes
  • Service of seacocks
  • Service of thrusters
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Where can my sailing yacht be serviced?

Our Oyster Service Centres are located in the most popular sailing destinations. In the Mediterranean, we have bases in Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona which offer a range of yacht service, yacht repair and yacht maintenance works. For those in the U.S., Oyster Yachts Newport is your go-to yard for anything from a general yacht health check to an emergency repair and every kind of yacht maintenance in between. In the UK we have Oyster Service Centres in Southampton and Ipswich, which offer a broad range of services from yacht refit through to annual maintenance and storage.

Everything on the logbook checklist can be carried out by our dedicated teams around the world. Where necessary, we can also come directly to you to carry out the required yacht maintenance work.

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The ‘Oyster difference’

At Oyster Yachts we know our boats and the build process inside out, putting us ahead of the curve. The difference between using our Oyster sailing services is our in-depth knowledge of the boat, access to trained Oyster technicians, manufacturer’s parts, validation of warranty and an up-to-date maintenance log, which will have a profound impact on your boat’s residual value if you come to sell her.

However, if you don’t have an Oyster yacht, this shouldn’t stop you from booking our yacht repair or maintenance services. With a team of experts that are both extremely knowledgeable and highly respectful of every boat they visit, not to mention an unsurpassed reputation, we’ve worked on some of the world’s best yacht brands. From Wally Yachts to Jongerts and Sunseekers, we can help service your yacht to the highest standard. Every owner we work with, whether Oyster owners or those of another sailing yacht brand, value our trusted team and quality workmanship to ensure their yacht maintenance is up-to-date and completed to the highest standards.


Want to discuss how the Oyster yacht maintenance team can help you prepare your sailing yacht for the new season? Get in touch. Contact Oyster Yachts Palma today.