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Spring at Berthon

April 29, 2015

Berthon Lymington Marina

Start of the season is always a busy time; plenty of boats to be unwrapped from their winter slumber, lashings of antifoul to be applied and readying yachts for what will hopefully be a long hot summer of  Swallows and Amazons or Toad messing about on the water.

We thought we would let you have a little insight into how diverse the various projects are at this time of the year.

So a few numbers to show you what we mean by busy

Berthon Boat Care Team
more than 550 boat cleaned since Christmas
115 Teak decks treated with fungicide this year

Boat Moving Team
lifted over 17,500 ft of yachts in the 450 lifts so far this year.
This is over 3 miles of yachts; if laid end to end you could walk from the mouth of the Lymington river to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight!

Our Commissioning teams have applied enough antifoul in the first 3 months of this year to cover more than 20 tennis courts.

New Antifoul no motorboat at Berthon

Larger jobs this winter include:

WINSOME – S&S 42 – built at Berthon in 1972 (Berthon Build Register), this winter she had a complete rebuild of her rudder skeg along with new non-slip paint added to her decks.

AURA OF LYMINGTON – Nicholson 476 – will soon sport new engine & generator, batteries, power management system, exhaust system and calorifier tanks

BETA OF AUNE – Moody 56 – sold by Berthon International, this great mile munching yacht had an extensive fettle by our yard before going back in the water, including a new fire safety system, battery charger, auto pilot, black tanks flushed, servicing of bow thruster, generator and engines, a full rig inspection by our rigging team and a new coat of antifoul.

BELLA OF LONDON – Grand Soleil 50 – One of the newer members of the Berthon Marina family, BELLA had a full mast inspection and NDT (non-destructive test) to the rigging, resulting in some known and unknown gremlins which have been rectified as part of her strict safety control and preventative maintenance program. Being a busy charter yacht her engine and plumbing systems were serviced and commissioned, a new gas safety certificate has been authorized and the boat care team of valeters have given her a cut, polish and wax, so she is sparklingly ready for the long season ahead.

SEA HAWK – 1958 RIVA Tritone – This gorgeous piece of Italian heritage has completed an extensive refit at Berthon, including complete renewal of pipework in the engine bay, electrical cabling before refitting the overhauled V8 petrol guzzling throaty orchestral engines! Here is a quick video of her on sea trials last week.

There is a lot of wind noise on this video

SUSTAINABLE TEAK – In the last 6 months we have laid approximately 3 kms of sustainable teak decking and we are our currently putting the finishing touches to a Swan 45 in the Blue Shed; more to follow on that one in next month’s blog, but here’s a brace of X-yachts that emerged from the big blue sheds earlier – Berthon replaces teak deck


MUSKATEER – Maxi 1100 – A complete topside repaint, making this yacht look better than when she left the factory.

Tyne Class Life Boat – The ex-Appledore lifeboat received a new all orange livery prior to her re-deployment standing by the nuclear installation in the Bristol Channel.

Shannon Class Life boat – 1317 & 1318 – These are new builds for the RNLI fleet
Challenge 72 x 2 – Two extensive refits side by side including new engines, watermakers, electronics, shot blasted and painted rigs and much more besides… More next month.

yacht varnishing at Berthon lymington

But it’s not all paint as we have been applying varnish too…

CHARM OF RHU – Fife 8m had her topsides & capping rails varnished (NB topsides in photo above are hand varnished)

TUSK – Grand Bank 59 – Capping rails varnished

BARE NECESSITIES – Oyster 82 – Sole boards varnished

RNLI Shannon Lifeboats Built by Berthon

Finally the RNLI fleet – The fleet on RNLI Shannon class lifeboats is growing, with 13-08 now on station in Lough Swilly in Ireland and 13-09 currently undergoing trials with us before heading to Ilfracombe lifeboat station.

We have also had 13-04 (Relief boat) and 13-05 (Lowestoft) back at Berthon for a few quick upgrades that are being added to the entire fleet.

This is just a quick highlight of work that has been completed since Jan 2015 during Spring at Berthon:  to speak to one of our Project Managers for a quote or information please call – 01590 673312 or email or click here for more information on yacht maintenance at Berthon.

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