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Winterize Boats and Yachts Tips

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Unfortunately, the beginning of the winter means the end of the seafaring season, i.e., it is time to think about how you are going to protect your most delighting property. The time and effort you will spend at the end of the season will return you with the performance of your boat. On the contrary, in case you will not perform any wintering at the end of the season, this will return you as the waste of time, labor, and money when the new season will start. Keep in mind that, your insurance will not cover the losses caused by insufficient maintenance.

” Winterizing for Boats and Yachts Maintance “

The most suitable place to keep your boat during the winter is a closed climate controlled boat storage area. However, this method can be costly. If you do not have such an option, you may try to pack your boat tightly. This is a little bit costly too however it is a protective method. In short, be sure that your boat is well-protected by packing it with a sailor’s hammock or any other durable cover.

The first step in wintering is to make a list where everything that needs to be done will be written. Check the owner’s manual of your boat or engine for the manufacturer’s recommendations on wintering. If you are a beginner, ask for a help from one of your experienced friends or professionals. You can find the summary of the general areas that you need to consider about wintering in the below however it will be better for you to refer a professional for more detailed information.

Internal Engines

Firstly, run the engine to warm it up and change the oil when the engine is warm. In this way, the residues in the oil are separated. Also, you need to change the oil filter.

Wash the engine with clean water. Provide the circulation of the antifreeze by using a hose from the water pump to antifreeze bucket. This process varies depending on whether your cooling system is based on saltwater or freshwater.

You need to change the gearbox fluid as well when you are in the engine room.

Apply fogging oil to each cylinder by removing the plugs. Dry it with a piece of cloth where a small amount of fogging oil or WD-40 sprayed.

Stern Drive(s) – Winterizing

Check your outboard engine and clean the sea creatures, if any. Empty the gearbox and check the moisture in the oil. If there is water in the oil which is above a certain level, this means that there is a leak in seals and they need to be repaired. Clean the lower part with soap and water. If your engine has a rubber gaiter, check for the holes and slits. Lubricate all fittings and check the fluid level between the hydraulic steering and lift pump. Check the operating manual for the additional advice from your manufacturer.

Outboard Engines – Winterizing

Wash the seawater inlet section by connecting to it to clean water hose with the help of a sleeve or any similar part. Then discharge all of the water in the engine. Wash the engine with soap and water and rinse it. Run the engine until the fuel runs out by removing the fuel inlet hose. Emptying the carburetor by sequentially executing these processes prevents sediments from evaporation of unburnt fuel. Lubricate the cylinder walls and pistons with engine oil. Use water resistant oil for lubricating the propeller shaft and gears. Change the gear oil in the lower unit. Lubricate the outer part of the engine a little or polish it with a high-quality polish.

Fuel – Winterizing

Fill your fuel tank to prevent condensation that may occur during winter months and add fuel protector according to the instructions. Replace the fuel filter and water separators.

Bilge – Winterizing

The bilge should be clean and dry. Use hot water, soap, and firm brush in order to clean the oil drops. Wash the bilge with a dehumidifying oil and add some antifreeze when it is cleaned up.

Clean Water System – Winterizing

Empty the water heater and the clean water tank. Isolate the water heater by connecting the input and output lines to each other. Pump a non-toxic antifreeze into the system and wait until you see the antifreeze stream by opening the shower, sink and other taps. Add antifreeze to the water heater too.

Waste Water Tank – Winterizing

Evacuate the waste water tank according to legal requirements. Rinse the tank several times by adding fresh water to the tank during the evacuation. Use a material recommended in operating manual that will not harm your system and wait for a while. Wash and evacuate again with clean water. Add antifreeze and ensure it to circulate through all hoses, waste water tank, y valve, macerator and drain hose. Check the operating manual and be sure that alcohol-based antifreeze will not harm your system.

Inner Parts – Winterizing

Once you’ve covered the system details, remove all valuable goods, electronic goods, cables, fire tubes, fenders etc. These goods are cleaned and controlled after the winter season and if needed, they will be replaced with the new ones. Clean all drawers and cabinets. Lift the mats up and let them ventilate or take them home. Clean the fridge and freezer. It would be useful to have a dehumidifier in order to keep your boat dry and protect it from the mold.

Non-Water Storage – Winterizing

Eliminate the propeller, miller, rudder, machete, and flap from sea creatures by washing the bottom the boat with pressurized water. Clean the filter and suction assembly. Ensure that all water is drained by opening the valves. It will be useful to polish the body well as you started to the maintenance.

You need to remove the batteries and take them home and put them in charge for balancing or charge them once in every 30-60 days.

Water Storage – Winterizing

Close all the valves and check the rudder nuts and seal boxes against leakage, tighten or pack them, if needed. Fully charge your batteries, clean the pole tips (with water, if necessary) and make sure your charging system is operational. Run the bilge pump and observe the smooth flow. Check your boat regularly or make sure someone does it in the marina.

You will be ready for the winter when you apply the advice mentioned above. Still, do not neglect to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions in the operating manual for the wintering of your boat and other systems. If you have not performed wintering before and do not have any experienced friends that you can receive assistance, definitely consult with professionals who are involved in this business.


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Things to Consider When Buying a New Boat

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Expectations may be high when purchasing the first boat, therefore you can prefer the most suitable boat by deciding on your pleasures and needs instead of trying to buying the best one. For instance, a speedboat will not perform well when it will be used as an offshore fishing boat. Or you can not use a sailboat in the river. Of course, these are extreme examples however the main point is the fact that not all boats will be suitable to every situation.

 

You need to consider the favorable conditions of the place where you live. What types of boats are more common? The types of boats which are used commonly in that area will be more advantageous in second hand.

 

Try to spend as much as time on the boat that you want to buy or another similar one before you buy that boat.

You can talk to those who drive the boat you want to buy or similar ones by visiting a marina or maritime clubs in your area. The users will be more outspoken while providing information about the cons and pros of the boats, also you will gain a very valuable perspective about the points that you should pay attention to when you are going to buy your own boat. The reliable agencies can also provide you valuable information and suggestions.

 

Follow the boat market by following new and secondhand ads of the boats that you are interested in. The prices may vary considerably although they will have the same features and same model and ages, therefore it is up to you to find the boat you want for a suitable price by doing a good research.

 

Carry out your research with a broad range of brands and models because, at the end, you can also make a very different model and brand choice than you think. You can check the yacht and boat ads with the following features for more information:

Things to Consider When Buying a New Boat

New Boats

If you are planning to use a boat for more than 5 years and if you can afford it, it will be a good choice to buy a new boat.

Read as many comments as possible about the boat you are thinking to buy and request a test drive in the water. This provides you to get used to the design and features of the boat.

 

Boat Sharing

Boat sharing is a very popular method for beginners. This method will not only let the boat owners share the cost of the boat but also the maintenance and operation costs will be shared as well.


Second-Hand Boats

The used boats have some other advantages and benefits:

  • Safety equipment and other extras may be included.
  • There may be minor superficial scratches which you will cause inevitably when you are gaining experience on the boat. Causing a scratch on a brand new boat will hurt you much more than adding few new ones to the existing ones on the used boats.

Buying used boats by considering a neutral evaluation provided by a reputable professional will be wiser in any condition. Here are some tricks:

  • Pay attention to cracks caused by structural failure or impact if you are interested in fiberglass boats. Deep cracks may be the indicator of potential problems. On the other hand, surface cracks due to wear because of the age of the boat can be ignored.
  • Be sure that the boat repaired in a reliable service in case any part of the boat has been repaired, request the relevant bills.
  • Pay attention to poor corrosion and cracks in welding seams in aluminum boats. Incompatible or patched paint indicates that the boat was repaired, therefore it may have an accident in the past.
  • In case the keel lengthens horizontally to forward, check for internal corrosion or rust lines, these lines indicate that the boat takes on water.
  • Lift and check the bottom of every object on the boat, fades in paint indicate that the maintenance ignored.
  • Be sure that the ropes and other equipment are not weak and in poor condition.
  • Check the soft spots on the floor, the condition of the mattress, the operation of the windows and inner water stains.
  • Do not forget to use your nose during your observations, be sensitive to mold odor.
  • Be sure that the engine protected well, check the motor shaft vibration, crack on the prop and corrosion on the engine head. Observe the initial and high-speed water flow by running the engine.
  • Be sure about the durableness of hand rail bolts and all necessary safety equipment is available.

Mechanical Equipment

  • Open and closed valves
  • Gearbox (softness while gear shifting must be controlled)
  • Filter (filter must be cleaned at regular intervals)
  • Oil (you can check for dirt/sand with your fingers but there should be no burning smell)
  • Rubber straps and hoses (wear and crack control must be done)

 

You should check whether there is a repeated failure by reviewing service records for regular maintenance.

Check rudder, hydraulic and fuel lines with an electrical technician.

Note: The information above is for guidance only and it can not substitute for the control of a professional surveyor.

Also, you need to keep in mind that, all used boats have some traces which reveal that the boat was used, you should not ignore these while observing the boat. You need to avoid from boats which the maintenance ignored in case you do not have the enough money, time and patience.

Negotiation

It will make it easier for you to create a set of criteria and a list of questions while you are conducting your market research. You can check the boats consistently by duplicating the lists you have created. An Excel spreadsheet can also be useful.

When you narrow your search sufficiently according to the characteristics you have set in a wide range, you will be ready to bring offers to the boats that you are interested in.

Expecting an extraordinary negotiation will not be realistic. You should not forget that, if something seems too good to be real, it is real. If you know the reasonable price for the boat you are interested in, try to negotiate with the seller. The only thing that you can negotiate is not only the price. Consider the trailers, engines, and equipment to be used as a negotiation object.

Always test drive before you buy and get the opinions of independent surveillance.

There are many factors that affect the buying process of the boat which all risks belong to the buyer. These processes may vary depending on the area and the type of the boat. It will be wise to carry out these operations through a reputable boat sales agency.

Questions You Might Want to Ask During the Research

  • Which events is the boat used for?
  • How often and how long was it used?
  • When was it purchased?
  • Why is it sold?
  • Has it ever had an accident?
  • Which repairs did it undergo and who repaired it?
  • Do you have all maintenance reports?
  • Is there a need for an important repair?
  • Did it undergo any safety examination? When?
  • Is it have any debt?
  • Who is the owner?
  • Where is it kept?
  • Is the fiberglass original?
  • What is the condition of the deck, the upholstery, and the interior design?
  • What is the condition of the body and paint?
  • What are the other accessories included?
  • Is the trailer included? If, so how is the condition?
  • Is the engine included? (What is the brand, model and how is the condition?)

If trailer and engine are sold with the boat, you can negotiate for the removal or replacement of these.

It is easy to find the renewed engines. A near-new engine marketed by commercial users can cost a lot less than a new engine.

 

Boat Type

Firstly, consider your lifestyle, financial situation and your purpose for the boat (sailing, fishing, cruising, etc). The boats are designed for activities in a specific area and therefore, you can find the comfort, performance, security, and pleasure that you are looking for only on the boats that you are interested in.

The Area Where The Boat Will Be Used

After the type of the boat, the second issue that you need to consider is the place where you will use the boat. If you are looking for deep sea fishing, a small scaled boat will not be suitable for you, however, the same boat will be ideal for fishing in the river. Therefore, you need to make plans about where you will use your boat such as lake, river, sea or ocean.

Boat Size

How many people do you plan to travel on the boat? Only you, your family or a larger group of friends? The load capacity of your boat will be the most important factor in your list. After you have decided on the number of people you need to consider the other equipment that you will need (kitchen utensils, sleeping and bathroom supplies, etc).

Kids on the Boat

Boat trips are a good way to spend time with your children. It is important to consider their needs when you are going to buy your boat. For instance, the cabins. Boats, bowriders and deck boats and even some fishing boats are equipped with small cabins which will meet the needs of sleep and sun protection for the kids. Another vital need for children is lifejackets. You need to renew the life jackets once in every or two years when your children are young (1-5 years) by considering their sizes. First type life jackets are recommended for the kids under the age of 3-4 which can keep the heads above the water level. You can use 2nd or 3rd type lifejackets which do not have head support and provide movement freedom for older children.

Engine Capacity

Your boat has a certain minimum and maximum capacity depending on the engine power. The engine power you need depends on whether you want to reach a specific destination slow or fast. The engines can be classified as the fixed engine, outboard engine, jet, diesel, and petrol.

Mooring, Wintering, and Piers

Where do you intend to keep your boat? For instance, are you going to prefer mooring or are you going to keep it in the marina where you will use often or are you going to pull it to the land? If you are going to pull it to land with a trailer, be sure that your car is powerful enough to pull the boat to the land.

Boat Construction

This is related to the material of your boat. The body type is usually related with where you will keep your boat, where you will carry out the maintenance and where you will use it. The boat bodies can be classified as wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic in terms of the materials they are made. Most of the boats have a single body, however, there are multiple body segments in catamaran and trimaran.

Professional Counselling Request

If you are ready to start your boat search with the features you have specified, a broker or sales agent can show the appropriate boats to you for your needs. Moreover, they will help you to buy your boat safely with advice on purchasing, security, and insurance.


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Boat and Yacht Rental Conditions 2017

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Within our company standard, luxury and deluxe class wooden Gulet boats are operating in three groups. Boat charters and private boat number of cabins according to the characteristics of the budget under the direction of us the most suitable choice is provided. Most appropriate choice after considering the route of the boat, eating, drinking, transportation, and the tour program is prepared in the best way together again. Boat rental agreement occurs after all the conditions will be sent to you via fax or mail. Completion of the booking process for the boat rental price at least 50% of the specified bank account after a definite reservation and a confirmation Fax is sent to one of the numbers is created.

Boat & Yacht rental booking cancellation:

Boat rentals the cancellation of booking is done by considering the following points.

1. The tour price for cancellations until 90 days before the tour Date 20%, cancel the operation by cutting is performed.

2. In the case of cancellation 60 days before the tour date of the tour 30% of the price cancel the operation by cutting is performed.

3. Received deposit will not be refunded if cancelled 30 days prior to the tour date, but they paid from the deposit of total tour price to our guests a 30% cut next year, canceling the right to hire the boat or on the boat in the same boat.

4. Cancellations made within 14 days of the tour date the full cost of the tour is requested.

 

Tour cancellation refund; cancellation made within 30 days after the date of.

Our obligations:

Ece Yachting as a guarantee of the service we provide, quality service in accordance with the obligations. Ece yachting, considering the terms and conditions confirmed bookings and contracts specified in accordance with Turkish legislation was carried out. The services to be offered outside of our company to a boat for any reason ( failure, weather conditions, etc.) given in case of Ece Yachting precedent with the same quality and comfort within 24 hours with a boat is obliged to provide the opportunity to continue your holiday.

All boats that we use is covered by insurance. 3 insurance that our valued guests. you may benefit from the parties section. But we are as Ece Yachting; a more comprehensive personal travel insurance we recommend.