Create an efficient cleaning routine
Exposure to saltwater presents a continuous risk for corrosion, a reason to take a cleaning routine seriously for your yacht.
Not only will this lengthen the lifespan of everything from rigging and gel coats, to engine parts, ropes, and even the upholstery, but it also means you are staying one step ahead, spotting issues as they arise such as new cracks and corrosion.
Thorough and regular cleaning will not only protect functional parts but also allow you to ensure safety features, retain aesthetic surfaces and keep elements from degrading. Show your yacht some love and keep on top of things like scuffs, streaks, and dust.
Here at Hamble Point Yacht Charters we offer our ‘wash and go’ service, a one-stop service for local yachts! You can take your pick from a topside clean & polish, interior deep clean or full valet by our professional team of valeters.
Make yacht inspection a habit
Combining an efficient cleaning routine and making yacht inspection a habit is our top tip for maintenance success. Compare the inspection process to the likes of checking in with loved ones. If you skipped over any, you’re likely to hear about it in the future! So set aside adequate time for your yacht inspection and make it a habitual process. Check levels of coolant, oil, and the like; examine your propeller, deck hardware, and batteries; each and every element of your craft deserves and will benefit from a check-in.
Identify valuable on-board spares
It’s always sensible to have a back up, with all your safety equipment stowed away be sure you have a sensible selection of spares to hand too! If things go wrong you’ll have peace of mind that you have the tools/ equipment necessary to roll our repairs and get you home safely! Beyond rigging spares it’s definitely worth considering fuses, plumbing parts, sail repair kit and so on. The better you know your boat, the more likely you can anticipate potential needs before they surprise you!
Create a yacht maintenance checklist
We cannot vouch for this enough! No matter how familiar you become with your yacht, even the best of us can let things slip from time to time. This is where a yacht maintenance checklist really comes in to it’s own. Making sure all items are ticked off is always time well spent. If you’re just getting acquainted with your yacht, bringing in a pro to help work with you and create your checklist is a fantastic strategy. Paying someone for their time now can mean avoiding an expensive bill later so is a really worthwhile approach. Using various checklists for different intervals, will ensure your daily, weekly, monthly and annual tasks never sail off into the horizon!
With 25 years of experience in yacht management we have worked meticulously to create a recommended list of works, you can download the list to identify what you need doing and we will send you back a quote. If you’re still becoming acquainted with your vessel and would like to work with us to create a custom list for your yacht, get in touch we’d be happy to help!
Keep a yacht maintenance log
A yacht maintenance log is a fantastic aid. Not only will it be a valuable reminder of what you did and when, it will also be a worthwhile resource if you come to sell your yacht in the future. Make sure you log all maintenance and servicing tasks and include dates and details as appropriate. A maintenance log is also extremely useful for keeping tack on issues that do not require attention right now but may do in the not too distant future. To make the most of your yachting experience, make the condition of your vessel a reflection on yourself, knowing that if you do the rewards will be plentiful.
We can help take the stress out of owning your own yacht
We can manage all or part of your maintenance for you, or we can hold a list for you and just let you know when safety items or warranties are due to expire. Have a look at our website to look at the different options we have for Yacht Owner Services
We had a fabulous four days. Marina is ideally placed for the Solent, boat was in great condition, well equipped and a joy to sail. We were well briefed and the shore side team including the dog very friendly.
We charted one of the sailing yachts for a fantastic weekend cruise in the Solent. The boat was in superb condition and well equipped, the staff was very helpful explaining how things work on the yacht and there was also a video available with all the important information. 10/10 would recommend!
Had a fantastic week chartering Blue Otter, Alex was incredibly helpful and sent loads of information and date checking prior to booking. There was a handover video and both the handover and return were really smooth. The boat was lovely and well maintained and Lee was really helpful in recommending places to visit (and helping identify the steering issue as an autopilot takeover - doh!). Definitely will be back and would fully recommend!
Just back from a lovely week in the Solent. Great service from HPYC from first inquiry through to return handover. Very straightforward to deal with, and the yacht was in excellent condition. We've chartered from many companies in the UK and abroad and the attention to detail (and flawless inventory!) was second to none. Everything about the yacht and equipment had clearly been well looked after and was in immaculate condition. Great service, will use again.
Always very friendly service, and well-maintained yachts. Easy check-in and checkout. Will be back...
We had a great time and were very happy with everything. Your team were genuinely friendly and were very helpful when we needed it. Is a big contrast to many charter companies I have dealt with in the past.
Watching the sun go down with a glass of bubbly on the deck of a sparkling yacht was unbelievable. What a treat, and a much needed change of scenery in these troubled times. We will be back for sure
Fab service, nothing too much trouble, including my daft questions. I'll be a repeat customer for sure!
We had a great time sailing with Lee for a few days at the beginning of September. Hamble Point Yacht Charters supplied us an impeccable 45 ft Hanse yacht, which was handled with complete mastery by Captain Lee. It was a privilege to sail with Lee, who is clearly a highly skilled professional taking great pride in his work ... but who is also a fantastic character with a great sense of humour and plenty of fun stories to keep the whole family entertained. He balances the serious side of safety and learning about sailing with a whopping dose of amusement and good cheer. We sailed the Solent in some decent seas, visited Bucklers Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu River and learned lots about British nautical history. Our boys started somewhat of a fishing trend catching bass off the back of the boat in Portsmouth and we would love to sail with Lee again in the future. The man truly knows his stuff, maintained the boat impeccably and went to every effort to ensure that we had a great time. Many thanks to “Shippers” and Hamble Point Charters. We’ll be back.
Chartered bareboats with HPYC on numerous occasions most recently in Sept 2020. Always helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend.
We had a fantastic weekend sailing on Loxley B. Boat in super condition and spotlessly clean, Alex. and the team very thorough and always on hand to answer any questions. A great experience. We will be back. Thank you!
Lots of information from office with a friendly service. We selected a one of the cheaper yachts and was please with find everything work and was cleaned and tidy. We will definitely be back
This was the first time we had tried chartering and as experienced racing sailors we didn't know what to expect. Covid has closed down all our events this year so this was a chance to get afloat at least once in 2020. What a great experience and Alex and all the Hamble staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. We had a great three days and we will be back !! We would have no hesitation is recommending Hamble Point Yacht Charters.
From initial enquiry to handing the boat back, the service and attention to detail was fantastic. Very prompt service for the minor niggle we did have and with a wide selection of boats to charter, I'll certainly be back. One of the USPs of this business is they are right by the entrance to the Hamble so it's very quick to get out into the Solent compared to other marinas further up where it can take 30-40 mins or more just to reach Southampton water. Big thanks to Alex and the team, we had a great week on a very well kept boat
Professional, efficient and friendly. The booking and admin process was straightforward, the handover was well organised and Covid compliant. Most importantly the boat, a Sun Odyssey 37 was in great condition and very well equipped. We will definitely use this company again.